Fresh Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis) has a more balanced, richer flavor than dried, and you'll find a pinch of its crushed leaf enhances Tomato, Eggplant, and Beans. It is a traditional herb for poultry stuffing and a natural partner with pork, sausage, and cheese. For a really delicious dish, saute chopped fresh Sage with Onions, Garlic and a squeeze of Lemon juice to add to fresh pasta. Growing 2½′ tall, sun loving Sage's soft-colored foliage and profusion of lovely purple-blue flower spikes blend beautifully into any herb garden color scheme. Hang bunches of gray-green Sage in the kitchen to add a nice herbal ambiance. For more information on Salvia officinalis, click on Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean coast, where it thrives in hot, dry summers in thin, rocky soil. For this reason, it requires a well-drained spot in full sun and a good, deep watering perhaps once a week during the growing season if there is no rainfall. Good drainage is especially important during the winter. (For container grown plants, check the soil regularly. If it is dry 1in deep, provide water.) Harvest leaves at any time and use them fresh or dry. Cut back your plant by half (or more) each spring to encourage full, bushy growth. Sage is largely untroubled by pests or disease. Plants tend not to be long-lived, so plan to replace them every 3 or 4 years. Golden Sage (Salvia officinalis 'Aurea') is hardy in Zones 7-8; Tricolor Sage (Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor') in Zones 6-8.
Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is native to Mexico and Guatemala, where it can grow to 6ft tall. Hardy in Zones 8-10, but can be grown in a container elsewhere and treated as an annual. Plant in full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. During the summer, water freely and feed monthly with a balanced fertilizer.