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

One garden herb that ticks all the right boxes is sage. It looks good and tastes good, too. Silvery evergreen leaves and pretty flowers – from intense blue to magenta or – make it an attractive garden plant. And with literally hundreds of different types of sage to choose from, there’s one to suit every situation.

Perennial sages are evergreen so you can pick fresh leaves all year round.

Growing sage from seed

Planting a variegated sage plant in a trough
Planting a variegated sage plant in a trough

How to sow and plant sage

Annual and biennial sages are easy to grow from seed in spring. Start them off indoors ready to plant out after the last frost has passed.

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