| (Variegated Golden Sage) Icterina is our favorite variegated sage. It is a handsome, mild, culinary variety that grows well in containers in partial shade. However, the more light it receives, the deeper the contrast between its deep green, golden green and cream variegations. |
Settings offering partial shade are a good choice for this petite, drought-tolerant perennial. It needs little watering and average garden soil containing enough organic matter to drain well.
This is an ideal choice for a perennial border, path edging or patio container, because its unusual foliage adds interest to the landscape all season long in USDA Zones 7 to 9. It becomes even showier in summer when its largish, light bluish-purple flowers bloom.
Variegated Golden Sage is a must-have herb for any serious cook. As long as you don't use herbicides or pesticides in the garden, its flowers and leaves are edible and add interest to main courses, salads and baked goods.
The species Salvia officinalis has a long history of use as a folk remedy. It has been valued for centuries as a digestive aid.
Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.
If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.