With its showy summer flowers and brightly coloured leaves, this lovely plant looks as good as it tastes.
Low mounds of golden-yellow leaves are splashed with green and are highly aromatic with many uses in the kitchen and to make soothing balms and poultices. The Latin name 'officinalis' is given to plants with recognised medicinal or culinary value and the name Salvia is from the Latin word 'salvre', which means health or heal - hence it's use in medicines. Spikes of showy blue flowers appear in summer that will attract plenty of bees and other pollinating insects to your garden. Sage is a well known ingredient of stuffings and the robust flavour goes well with poultry and pork dishes and can be snipped into herb bread mixes. The woolly leaves are strongly flavoured so a little will go a long way.
One of the best known herbs with brightly coloured leaves all year 'round that have endless uses in the kitchen.
Plant pot for display purposes only
Plant Type: Herb
Hardiness: H4 Hardy. Minimum temperature -10 to -5
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity):
Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow
Flower Colour: Blue, Purple
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: Yes
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Semi-Evergreen
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Well drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Border Edging, Urban Garden, Courtyard Garden, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Drought Resistant Garden, Wildlife Garden
Season of Interest: Summer
Flowering (from - to): June, August
Harvesting Instructions: Sage leaves can be used fresh through the growing season and the young, soft growth on the ends of the branches has the best flavour. Simply snip off the shoots or pull off individual leaves as they are needed in the kitchen. Sage leaves also dry very easily, ensuring that you will never be without their warming, robust flavours even in the depths of winter. Snip some of the newest leaves from your plant in late summer and lay them on a rack in a warm room or airing cupboard for a couple of weeks until they crumble between your fingers. They can then be stored in an airtight container until needed.
Golden Sage grows best in full sun and in a sunny position that's sheltered from cold winter winds. When planting, grit should be added to the base of the planting hole and to the soil used to fill in around the plant so that the soil drains well in winter to avoid the roots getting waterlogged. Water your plant well before and after planting but only in very dry weather afterwards as Sage is drought tolerant. Feed each spring with a handful of general fertiliser placed around the base of the plant and add a mulch of garden compost or bark chippings to top up the soil. Old stems can be cut back in late spring once new shoots are seen.