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Sage Pineapple

Salvia elegans

Uniquely scented foliage and small red flowers

Pineapple sage is perfect for bringing vibrancy to the garden in summer. The bright golden green leaves smell deliciously of pineapples when crushed and the elegant red flowers add a lively touch of colour.

Where?

They love plenty of sunshine and are not frost hardy so need a very sheltered spot or plant in a container that can be moved into a conservatory or greenhouse in winter.

How?

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.

The edible flowers make a colourful addition to fruit salads and cold summer drinks.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering August - November
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H3

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September