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Why Sage is the Perfect Garden Herb

According to Debbie Wolfe of The Prudent Garden, sage is a special herb. Its foliage is beautiful, its flavor makes it a great culinary herb, and it has a multitude of health benefits, with a long history of medicinal usage. All of that added to the fact that sage is easy to grow, and a prolific grower to boot, makes it a no-brainer staple for your herb garden. One might even say it's the sage choice to make.

Here are Debbie's 7 reasons that make sage a perfect garden herb, pulled from this informative blog post about sage:

Easy to grow
Most herbs are easy to grow, but sage is exceptionally easy. It is prone to few diseases and require little once established. Powdery mildew can be a problem, but is easily avoidable  by not over-watering.
Drought tolerant
Sage grows best in well-drained soil. It doesn’t like to have wet feet, which makes it a good plant for xeriscaping and container gardens.
Prolific grower
Once established, sage will grow fast! You can even propagate the plant easily by layering or stem cuttings. The more you harvest from the plant, the bigger it will get. If you plant one 4 inch plant, rest assure that by the end of the growing season you will have your money’s worth!
 Long growing season
Sage grows well within a wide range of temperatures and planting zones (4-11) and has a long growing season. In some areas (mine included) sage is evergreen. It will also tolerate frosts and a few freezes before calling it quits.
 Attracts pollinators
Sage is a favorite among bees, butterflies and humming birds. Pineapple sage in particular is a lovely plant to have in your garden purely for the deep crimson flowers that show up in the latesummer and fall. They attract butterflies of all sorts and are a great food source for migrating hummingbirds.
Medicinal benefits
Sage has a been used as a medicinal herb. Its most noted properties are its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Sage can aid with digestion, mental disorders, menstrual and fertility issues, as well as soothe coughs and sore throat.
Flavorful
Don’t forget that sage is what puts the flavor in “poultry seasoning”. Although most of us don’t think of sage until Thanksgiving rolls around, the herb is delicious with roasted potatoes or stewed white beans.

 

Wondering best ways to grow sage, or what kind species of sage is right for you? Head on over to The Prudent Garden to learn all that, and more.

 

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