Green Sage description
Sages have a great fragrance – gently reminding you of the Mediterranean.
The flowers show in early summer and are a lilac colour with ruby buds.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a herb garden, border or patio but it can be a bit temperamental requiring well drained soil. It can also get disfigured by Powdery Mildew.
Also known as Garden Sage or Common Sage or Kitchen Sage or Culinary Sage.
Botanical name: Salvia officinalis.
Green Sage culinary uses:
Use in stuffing, salads, pickles and cheeses.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a largish space in the border.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable, well drained soil, also tolerates acidic soil and chalky soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Fairly hardy, but resents waterlogged soil.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Trim back while in active growth, but not just prior to winter.
It can be prone to getting Powdery Mildew – cut off affected leaves.
Leaves can get very speckled from Leafhoppers. The other varieties of Sage do not show these spotty areas as much.
Size of plant:
Height 60 cm.
Spread 1 m.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.
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