Purple Sage

What’s better than a plant that is as useful in a pot or border, as it is in the kitchen? This classic sage is exactly that. More
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What’s better than a plant that is as useful in a pot or border, as it is in the kitchen? This classic sage is exactly that; a beautiful smoky grey-purple foliage filler, and equally invaluable served with pumpkin and squash, as it is with pork and pasta. It’s dead easy to grow and evergreen, so there for harvesting right through winter too.

Genus Salvia
Group/Species officinalis
Variety Purpurascens
Type Culinary Herb, Hardy Perennial
Common Name Purple Sage
Border Position Container, Middle
Soil Type Acid, Alkaline, Fertile, Neutral, Sandy
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 80cm (31in)
Spacing up to 1m (3ft 3in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Prefers a sheltered spot in full sun with a moist but well-drained soil. If growing in a border, prepare the area well before planting by digging over, removing any weeds and incorporating plenty of well-rotted manure or compost. Sage grows well in pots, use a minimum pot size of 20cm (8in) diameter filled with a peat-free, soil-based compost.
Care Tips As a native Mediterranean herb sage doesn't like sitting in wet soil so avoid overwatering and ensure good drainage. After the flowers die down sage can be pruned back to around half its size to help maintain a neat shape and encourage lots of new growth. If growing in a container plants will benefit from a regular liquid feed during the growing season. Sage can become woody and less flavoursome after three or four years, so take cuttings in spring to provide fresh plants for the following year.
Flowering May - July
Storing Sage is best used when fresh, although leaves can be dried or frozen in plastic containers. To dry them, harvest on a dry day and hang up bunches somewhere warm indoors until they are crumbly to touch. Store the crumbled leaves in an airtight container out of direct sunlight.
Harvesting Leaves can be picked all year round, simply cut off a sprig with snips or scissors as required.
Cooking Notes Sage is extremely useful in the kitchen and can be used for stuffings, to make a refreshing tea, or to flavour a wide range of dishes.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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