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Sage gone mad

Hi,

I'm quite new to this.

I planted some sage, thyme and rosemary together and the sage just seems to have gone mad and looks like it will smother the thyme. 

Should i cut this back if I don't want it to get too large, would transplanting it to a pot be better?

Emma

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,429
    edited August 2021
    Sage can grow into quite a large plant ... rosemary will be even bigger ... I think the thyme might be better in a pot rather than the sage ... but first, can we see a photo of the herbs in situ ... maybe it'll help us make some helpful suggestions.  :)
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • tui34tui34 Béziers, Herault, FrancePosts: 1,976
    You could prune the branches off, dip them in tempura batter (fizzy water and flour) and fry them - quite delicious.
    A good hoeing is worth two waterings.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,319
    edited August 2021
    In colder, wetter areas it doesn't always make it through winter, so you may need to protect it too, depending on the variety  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • edited August 2021
    Sorry I totally meant to include photos! Excuse the lack of weeding! 
    Sticks are to discourage cats. 
     
  • GearóidGearóid EnglandPosts: 183
    Wait until spring to cut it back. First rule of growing sage. 

    You can pick some here and there sure, but a proper prune should wait. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,429
    I agree ... cut hard back in the spring ... but next year that sage will fill all the space we can see there ... I'd put the thyme in a shallow half-pan type pot of JI No 2 with a generous addition of horticultural grit.  

    The sage would do better in a free-draining mix like that too.
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Is now an OK time to transplant the thyme? 
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,916
    My sage plants have been in the garden for more years than I can remember ,  dad planted it, he’s been gone for 5 years and it was long before that.
    I pick lots of for drying, we love sage and onion stuffing, put it in sausage casseroles.
    as others have said, prune it back in April and it will grow up again. 
    Yours will fill that box on its own in a few years. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Here's a view from further out.

    I was planning on keeping things at a certain size with trimming so the lavender, rosemary sage etc... don't get too big and overwhelm each other 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,319
    You can certainly move the thyme - just get as much rootball as you can  :)
    I'd be more inclined to move the sage. It's probably going to take over too much, as already said, whereas thyme is generally a bit better behaved.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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