Growing Sage Plants
The common or culinary sage is Salvia officinalis. It will depend on which zone you live on as to if it is a dry perennial or not. For those in USDA zones 5 to 8 it is an easy plant to grow
Grown for the leaves which add a sourly taste to meat dishes, sage grows well in containers which makes it easier for those in cooler zones to over winter.
The foliage itself is also ornamental, Blue green with a velvety texture. Sage will flower and the blue flowers are attractive, however it is the foliage that is used in cooking.
Generally one sage plant is enough for the home gardener. When grown in a fertile soil, with a little extra moisture, these are productive plant.
You can pick and dry sage for use during winter months. Simply cut and hang upside down it a well ventilated position until it drys ready for storage. We tend to use the fresh leaves only as the taste is superior.
One of the well known uses is in the Italian recipe for Saltimbocca.
It is Salvia officianalis that is the main species grown for culinary use..
- Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten' - Larger growing and more ornamental.
- Salvia officinalis purpurea - Purple foliage
Sage plants are readily available to buy from nurseries, garden centres and mail order suppliers.
Plant Hardiness Zones around the worldPlant Hardines and Gardening Zones for Australia