Sage (herb) plants
One of the most widely used herbs, Sage is valued in many different cuisines. It not only has a long history in the kitchen but also as a medicinal herb. It is the savory flavour that it imparts to many meat dishes that makes so valued.
Easy to grow this is a true Mediterranean herb that deserves a place in any kitchen garden. It is widely used in seasonings for meat and poultry and is an essential ingredient of the Italian Classic Saltimbocca.
Salvia officinalis is the common sage plant, cooking or culinary sage often found growing in the herb garden. Other varieties include ‘Pineapple Sage’ or Salvia elegans.
Culinary Sage grows well in a sunny warm spot, not particular about soil type and is fairly easy, once established it is a relatively tough and drought tolerant plant. Easily grown in a pot or container this is a must have plant for the kitchen garden.
If is a good idea to prune regularly to maintain a bushy habit, if you use sage regularly usually the picking of the leaves will do this. A little mulch around the plant to maintain a cool root run and some additional water in very dry periods will improve growth. Fertilise in spring with a liquid seaweed fertilise and add some compost and well rotted manure to the soil around the plant before mulching. Try not to over water.
Propagation is easy from cuttings taken in late spring to early summer.
Sage plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
Medicinal, Teas and Kitchen Herbs. Edible plants, scented and ornamentals.
Wide range of perennial edibles and medicinals, berries, fruit and unusual food plants, by mail order.