Zones 8-24, 26-31
Full sun , partial
All sages have square stems
and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced
along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look
like one dense spike; some species have branched
inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow
through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale
lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have
fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract
hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.
Rounded plant, branching from base; typically grows 1–4
ft. high and wide. Slender, hairy stems are closely set with
glossy green, 3/4–1 1/4-in.-long leaves that vary in shape
from rounded to linear. Blooms throughout summer and fall,
bearing 1/4– 1-in. flowers on 3–6-in. stems, in colors
ranging from deep purplish red through true red to various
rose and pink shades to white. To keep plants tidy and free
blooming, prune and remove dead flower stems frequently.
Before new spring growth begins, shorten and shape plants,
removing dead wood. Good low hedge. Be sure to give some
shade in hottest areas.
(Sunset Garden Book)