Growing Sage

The Sage in my new garden has really flourished and Ive had to cut it back several times during the Summer. Do I leave it to keep going year round or should it be cut right down each year?

Its getting a bit blackened here and there, presumably by frost.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,247

    I generally find there's bits need to be removed at the end of winter, otherwise I let id get on with its life. 

  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,492

    I agree with nut - common sage has lovely flowers which you will lose if it's regularly cut back hard.  If a 'branch' gets too leggy you can try cutting it back hard but they don't always send out shoots from very old wood.  I treat mine as short-lived perennials and replace them when they get too woody and leggy (after about 5 years or so) just like lavender.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,752

    Sage takes happily from cuttings so easy to replace. image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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