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Sage
Sage
Photo: Sage - David MacTavish, Hutchinson Farm greenhouses, Burlington, ON, May 4 2011.
Grown at Hutchinson Farm since about 1980. Available May 2016, in 4" pots, mixed herb planters and baskets.

  • Description
    Salvia officinalis
    Winter Hardiness: perennial
    Light Requirements: Sun, part sun
    Height: 18 - 24"
    Habit: Upright bush
    Where to plant: Sage grows well planted in the ground, too big for most containers, avoid damp shady locations

  • In the Garden
    Common sage, or garden sage, is a small shrub with greyish green leaves, and spires of lavender coloured flowers. Sage will thrive with little attention from the gardener.
    Prune back in the spring to promote new growth and maintain a nice compact shape.


  • In the Kitchen
    This common herb is classically used in poultry stuffing, but has many other uses beyond the Thanksgiving turkey.
    Harvest: Young fresh leaves may be harvested most of the year.
    Preserve: dry.

  • Golden Sage
    This cultivar has is just like regular sage, except for a distinct yellow edge to its leaves. Identical to garden sage in flavour, aroma, and habit.

  • Purple Sage
    This cultivar has beautiful purple leaves, identical to garden sage in flavour, aroma, and habit. Our most compact sage. 12 - 16" tall.

  • Tricolor Sage
    Distinctive leaves with patches of green, purple, and white, add visual interest to your herb garden. Identical to garden sage in flavour, aroma, and habit. Slightly smaller than garden sage.