A potpourri (below) of sage/Salvia information as a
supplement to other articles.
A plant-based page rather than our usual topic-based page. It's
a pivot point, one list of links to ours and
others' articles that involve sage/Salvia.
Salvia is a huge genus in an enormous family (the
mints). A great many of the species are perennial but not hardy
north of zone 7, yet that still leaves a good number for northern
The zone 4-5-6 gardener can start with belly button plants --
everyone's got one! -- such as the sub-shrub cooking sage
(Salvia officinalis, zone 5) and ornamental purple sages
(zone 4 S. sylvestris, S. superba and S. nemerosa) to the
less used silver sage (S. argentea, a biennial), whorled
sage (S. verticillata, zone 5) and that late blooming blue
beauty, S. azurea (zone 5).
Hummingbirds zero in on sages of all kinds. Rabbits, deer and
slugs usually leave then alone.
Right: Ornamental sage Salvia nemerosa.
Read more about sage
perennials (includes a downloadable chart with growing
Best fall bloom
Use of cooking Sage
Care of annual sage
Care of perennial sage
Dieback, stem canker
We're just introducing this set of perennial info pages. This
page is in process but Aster's
page is complete. We hope you'll take a look there and comment. Let
us know if the format was useful, share your suggestions, tell us
we shouldn't have this page at all... anything helps.