Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun. Space plants 20″ apart in dry to average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 18-24″. 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.
Attracts bees and butterflies to the garden. Deer resistant.
Sage, Tricolor salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’
Tricolor Sage, a perennial, is the jester of the garden – a burst of color like a cluster of ribbons with its striking white, purple, and green variegated foliage. Although it doesn’t have the culinary value of Common or Purple Sage, it is aromatic and by far the most striking of the Sages with a beautiful rounded, mounding habit. Plant it anywhere you want something that looks bright and unconventional. Blooms are light purple in color.