Purple and green sage foliage

How to grow sage

Find out how to grow, harvest and store sage, in our practical Grow Guide.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December


Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Do Harvest in January

Do Harvest in February

Do Harvest in March

Do Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do Harvest in October

Do Harvest in November

Do Harvest in December

Sage is a fantastic culinary herb. With its silvery evergreen leaves and pretty flowers – from intense blue to magenta – it’s quite at home in the ornamental border. It tastes good, too.  And, with literally hundreds of different types of sage to choose from, there’s one to suit every situation.

How to grow sage

Grow sage in well-drained soil in full sun. Annual and biennial sages can be grown from seed, while perennial sages are best grown from young plants. Many sages do well in pots. Harvest the leaves as and when you need to and trim back perennial types after flowering.

This is Secret Garden content

This content is exclusive to subscribers. If you are not a subscriber you can access this content by subscribing to Gardeners' World.

Unlock now