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Sage Common Broad Leaf

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Salvia officinalis

Great tasting evergreen shrub

A useful herb with highly aromatic greyish-green leaves and bee friendly spikes of rich purple flowers that appear during summer.

Where?

Great in a container, and a lovely addition to a sunny mixed border as well as a traditional herb garden.

How?

Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to flavour stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Gravel garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September