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Salvia officinalis (Sage)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Herb, Culinary, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Low Growing or Spreading Plant, Architectural Form
Size Low Border / Edging / Ground Cover Plant (up to 50cm height)
Colours Light blue Flowers (Summer), Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Salvia officinalis - Cultivation Notes

This hardy Salvia requires a sheltered warm location in full sun. This is a culinary sage so well suited to planting as part of a herb garden. Tolerates hot dry conditions and flourishing on most decent free draining garden soils, including chalky or sandy soils. Trim to shape in autumn in necessary and allow plenty of space to this spreading fast growing sub shrub. 75cm tall x 100cm.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Salvia officinalis:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Design & Plant Use for Salvia officinalis:

  • Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting

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