- botanical name: Salvia officinalis ‘Aurea’
- perennial zones 5-9
- height 18-24″
- spacing 20″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- dry-average soil
- flower color light purple flowers
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers, drought tolerant, as an edging, fragrant
- attracts butterflies
- deer resistant
Golden Sage is a cheery addition to the herb or flower garden; there are few herbs with leaves as consistently yellow. Although it has the spicy Sage aroma it is best as an ornamental herb, not a culinary one. Plant alongside Tricolor and Common Sage for a pretty rainbow of colors, or in sunny combination planters with other herbs.
All of the Sage varieties like well-drained soil, are drought tolerant, and a great choice for mixed pots. Sage will become quite woody after a year or two so plants should be replaced every four or five years. Use a light compost mulch to encourage growth.
Sage seed stores poorly. Before planting a large amount you should test for good germination rates. Sow seed directly into fine garden soil or start indoors early, then transplant in spring when all danger of frost has passed. Spread seed on warm soil and cover with 1/8-1/4 inch fine soil. Seeds will germinate in 7-21 days. Once plants are three inches tall, thin and space plants 12 inches apart.
Preferred method: propagate from soft-wood cuttings or by root division. If you do divide, use the outer, newer growth for replanting.