Fragrant Sage Picture Gallery

Colorful walkways make home entries attractive. But fragrant walkways make them memorable at the deepest level. Almost all Salvias have scented leaves and many are enchanting. They contain essential oils that can range from light scents to heavy aromas.

Scent awakes memories and enlivens our environment. So scent gardens are powerful for stimulating people who have failing memory or vision problems. The warm scent of sages can remind you of holiday gatherings, long forgotten outdoor hikes and favorite perfumes. The sages we list here have notable, pleasant smells.


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The Power of Scent:

While it's true that not all Salvias smell, well, pleasant, many varieties are grown specifically for the aromatic or even sweet aromas that they release into the air. These ten Salvias are our top picks for the best-smelling varieties in the garden.

Sacred Sage: Pineapple Sage:

Many kinds of Sage were considered sacred in ancient times due to their soothing, medicinal qualities. Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans), which is native to Mexico and Guatemala, is still a highly regarded folk remedy for relieving anxiety, depression and high blood pressure. It is also one of America's most popular culinary sages and is a highlight of the USDA's National Herb Garden.

Salvia Small Talk: Infusing Your Car with Sage:

Make your own deodorizer for your car with a tea infuser and herbs, such as salvia.

Quick Digs: Salvia Groundcovers Suppress Weeds:

Quick Digs is a serial containing short posts focused on a central issue about Salvia gardening. The topic for the first series is Salvia groundcovers for weed control, and this is the first article. Great groundcovers help conserve soil moisture and leave little room for weeds to grow. This is true of many colorful, fragrant Salvias that spread freely. However, it may be that the essential oils creating the pleasant aromas of many Salvias are also helpful in suppressing weeds. Many researchers refer to this apparent trait as the “Salvia phenomenon.”

Fall Planting: 8 Sages for Fragrance by Your Front Door:

Colorful plantings make entryways attractive. Even better are pretty plantings that are fragrant and provide a sensory lift before you journey indoors. Scent wakes up memories and makes us see in a different way. Here are eight sensible suggestions for adding lovely scents to your landscape.

A Community of Anise Scented Sages We Adore:

You might expect the foliage of a plant called Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia guaranitica) to smell robustly like licorice, which shares the same fragrance as anise. Some gardeners detect a hint of licorice after crushing a leaf, but many say the foliage merely smells sweet. These popular sages are native to Brazil where indigenous peoples used their leaves as a medicine. Flowers by the Sea grows many varieties in a wide range of sizes and flower colors

Drought Praise: 3 Low-Water Plants for a Fragrant Walkway:

Fragrant Salvias and companion plants are excellent choices for entryways. Drought-tolerant plants from naturally dry climates, such as the three featured here, often have a pleasant, resinous fragrance that lingers in memory. Flowers by the Sea promotes water conservation by posting "drought praise" for favorite xeric (low water) plants. Here we suggest three pleasingly fragrant choices for a border making the entry to your home soothing and welcoming.

How to prune Salvia elegans 'Tangerine':

Pruning makes some people nervous. Am I doing too much or too little? Will I kill the plant? Is this the right time? Salvia specialist and longtime horticulturist Kermit Carter, co-owner of Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Mail-Order Nursery, describes the pruning of Tangerine Scented Sage and answers all these questions. This video is part of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog series Views from the Garden.

Salvia Small Talk: Backyard Wildlife Habitat:

Gardeners interested in developing wildlife habitat on balconies or in backyards can acquire certification

Sacred Sage: Salvia mellifera -- the Easiest California Native:

Long before the West Coast was colonized, California Indians used Black Sage (Salvia mellifera Greene) for food and medicinal purposes. Today, it often is bundled in smudge sticks used like incense during purification rituals. Another reason to consider Black Sage sacred is that, among the state’s native plants, it is one of the most important sources of nectar for pollinators. Nineteenth century botanist and clergyman Edward Lee Greene made the plant’s botanical name official in 1892 when he was the first person to publish it in a scientific journal. Among California's native Salvias, it is the easiest to grow in home gardens.

Salvia Small Talk: Planting a Therapy Garden:

Salvias are good additions to sensory gardens, because of their fragrance, texture and visual appeal. Plants with sensory appeal stir memory.

Properties for plants in the Fragrant Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia x 'Bee's Bliss' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia dominica 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Yellowish white Light Gray Full sun
Salvia dorisiana 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Purplish Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Moderate Olive Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia lanceolata 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Red Grayish Reddish Orange Full sun
Salvia mellifera 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia sclarea 'Wild Form' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia spathacea 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia desoleana 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Very Pale Purple Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia melissodora 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Light Violet Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia spathacea 'Avis Keedy' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Light Greenish Yellow Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia taraxacifolia 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Light Purple Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia caymanensis 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Brilliant Purplish Blue Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Tangerine' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Moderate Red Partial shade
Salvia gravida 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia brandegeei 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Pozo Blue' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia hierosolymitana 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Savannah Blue' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia fruticosa 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia apiana 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet Yellowish white Yellowish Gray Full sun
Salvia munzii 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia somalensis 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia africana-lutea 'Kirstenbosch' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Orange Grayish Brown Full sun
Salvia pomifera 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia spathacea 'Topanga' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Pink Moderate Purplish Red Partial shade
Salvia x 'Starlight' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia 'Dara's Choice' 1 to 2 feet 6 feet plus Light Purplish Blue Dark Red Full sun
Salvia judaica 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia apiana x clevelandii 'Vicki Romo' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Light Purple Very Pale Green Full sun
Salvia x 'Celestial Blue' 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia clevelandii 'Deer Springs Silver' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' 1 to 2 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia recognita 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia muirii 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia eigii 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue Flame' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Gayle Nielson' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia dolomitica 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Light Purple Dark Pink Full sun
Salvia mellifera 'Jade Carpet' 1 to 2 feet 5 to 6 feet Very Pale Violet Dark Red Full sun
Salvia interrupta 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Light Violet Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia x 'Allen Chickering' 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet Very Light Purple Light Gray Full sun
Salvia schlechteri Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia brandegeei x munzii 'Pacific Blue' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Light Violet Dark Red Full sun
Salvia elegans 'Freida Dixon' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia greggii alba x dorisiana 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Blue Chiquita' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Elk Sonoran Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Red Moderate Red Full sun
Salvia x auriculata 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet+ Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
* We have not yet defined this plants colors