Salvia officinalis (Common sage) is a beautiful, scented woody evergreen perennial with gorgeous lilac blue flowers from the Mediterranean region. It does best in full sun and free draining soil but tolerates partial shade. Flowering between May and July it is fully hardy within the UK. It has a moderate to fast growth rate, reaching a spread of up to 1m and a height of 75cm.
Salvia officinalis (Common sage’s) foliage is green with a rough texture and has long been known to have healing qualities; its name depriving from the latin, ‘salvere’ meaning to be healthy and opificina meaning herb store. Other useful qualities include its flavour, being used in butter, teas and seasoning in roast dinners.
Salvia officinalis (Common sage) does well lining a herbaceous border or herb garden. It thrives of neglect making it ideal for the vast majority of gardeners.
Ultimate height and speed
- 1m wide
- 75cm width
- Fully hardy in the UK
- Can survive in exposed positions
- No reported toxicity to animals, pets and people
- Cottage and informal
- City and courtyard
- Gravel; patio and containers
- Flower borders and beds (Middle to front)
- Wall side borders.
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