I have this salvia "Cardonna" ... in three places in the back garden. I fell in love with salvia the minute I had a dramatic pairing with May Night (I think) and an orange Bradshaw Geum yes I read that the pairing would be a knock out .. so I had to see for myself .. and YES ! it is amazing. Then I read about Cardonna and how well it took to tough areas and really packed a punch with its wow purple colour .. done deal .. I had the tough areas galore in my back borders .. and they do take hold and shine that gorgeous deep purple. I like the fact that nasty bugs don't appreciate salvias that much .. another plus for me !