Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 2-4′ apart in dry to average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 32″. All of the sage varieties are drought tolerant, and a great choice for mixed pots.
During the spring and summer months it is good to use a regular liquid fertilizer or light compost mulch for optimal growth. Sage is a perennial in zone 5 and will become quite woody after a year or two so plants should be replaced every four or five years. Cut back severely in the spring before new growth appears. Deer resistant.
Maxima sage with its much larger ovate leaves, is more compact than common sage. The foliage is thick and soft with a wooly appearance. Highly ornamental, this sage makes a lovely aromatic accent plant in borders or mixed container plantings. Plant in pots or containers on patios to bring indoors and place on a sunny windowsill for quick-and-easy access to the flavorful leaves during winter. This variety rarely blooms.
Sage is a warm, fragrant herb and the smell of it is likely to evoke memories of childhood and large family gatherings. It is the primary flavor in stuffing, which is traditionally prepared during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its taste is extremely complementary to meats, poultry and sausage as it aids in digestion. Sage is delicious with dairy products as well, in sauces with eggs, butter, or cheeses. Sage is also a common ingredient in marinades. The size of the leaves makes it ideal for frying in batter.