We love Sage for its sweet yet savoury, distinct flavour. There are many varieties of Sage Plants. They taste very similar, so the choice is based on personal preference and the colour you want in your garden. Sage Plants usually have dusty grey-green, purple or variegated forms of leaves with woody stems. The leaves can be added at the beginning of cooking, but for the fullest flavour, it is best to add Sage at the end of the cooking process. Sage pairs nicely with other intensely flavoured herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and oregano.
The most popular is Common Sage, but there are also fruity Sages: Blackcurrant, Pineapple, and Tangerine. These species have scented leaves and striking flowers. Fruity Sage Plants are ready when the weather warms up as they are a little less hardy and lose their leaves over winter. Please note that we add new varieties of Sage as they become available so that you can find the right Sage Plant to your preferences.
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Sage Plants - Glimpse of History
A famous member of the mint family, Sage originated in the Mediterranean and was noted as one of the essential herbs. Its name is derived from the Latin word salveo, which means to save, cure, or heal.
Ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese used it for most medicinal conditions.
Sage Plants - Growing
Sage Plants thrive well in warm and sheltered spots. Water them regularly, especially during dry spells, but avoid overwatering as they are not big fans of wet roots.
The vibrant Sage flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies during the summer. As autumn pruning can seriously injure Sage Herb Plants, cutting them back after flowering (no later than mid-summer) is vital to encourage new, fresh leaves to form well before winter. Larger plants often root naturally, facilitating the establishment of new plants. After several years Sage can become woody, so it is a good practice to grow new plants as a replacement when necessary.
When put on a windowsill, The fruity Sage Plants (Blackcurrant, Pineapple, and Tangerine) give a glorious scent and produce useful leaves throughout the year. Tricolor Sage Plants thrive well in the greenhouse during the year's colder months. All four Sages (Fruity and Tricolor) can only be grown from cuttings taken in late spring or early summer.
Sage Plants- Harvesting
Depending on the type of Sage and whether they are grown in the garden, on a windowsill or in a greenhouse, the leaves can be generally harvested throughout any season of the year, but new growth in summer has the most flavour. You can pick the entire young shoot or individual leaves.