Sage, hardy ornamental species of Salvia

This is:

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 Potpourri

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 perennal gardeners.Salvia1442.jpg

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 (Salvia species):


     Easiest, best perennials (includes a downloadable chart with growing information)
      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.