Information About Jerusalem Sage
Jerusalem Sage Information: How To Grow Jerusalem Sage In The Garden
By Liz Baessler
Jerusalem sage is a shrub native to the Middle East that produces delightful yellow flowers even in drought conditions and poor soil. Learn more Jerusalem sage information, such as how to grow Jerusalem sage and tips for Jerusalem sage care, in this article.
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Sowing and planting wild thyme
Wild thyme is a perfect plant to cover the ground, since it crawls with dense leafage. It adapts well to rocky ground, along edges and flower beds, and also grows well in pots and garden boxes.
Sowing wild thyme
To prepare wild thyme seedlings, you must sow in a nursery in spring, or better yet, directly in the ground at the end of the frost spells.
If you have prepared seedlings in a nursery, you can transplant the seedlings in the ground 5 to 6 weeks after sprouting.
Planting of wild thyme purchased in pots or in nursery pots
The best season to plant your wild thyme is spring or at the end of summer.
- Wild thyme loves light, even poor soil, with sand and/or rocks.
- Full sun exposure is required to produce beautiful flowers.
Propagating wild thyme
Wild thyme can be propagated through crown division at the beginning of spring.
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Sage
Mention the beautiful, hazy, pale green leaves of garden sage, and I immediately envision scenes in my grandmother’s kitchen at Thanksgiving. Sage’s pronounced pine-like aroma capitalizes on our most memory-evoking sense: smell. All I want at that moment is savory sage stuffing or sage-studded breakfast sausage to suddenly appear in my kitchen. I’d even settle for a sour cherry and sage bourbon smash.
The best part about growing sage is that you only need one of these incredibly easy-to-grow plants in your garden to enjoy its flavor throughout the year.
Why Should I Grow Sage?
Growing garden sage (salvia officinalis) is so economical and time-saving. Its flavor is so intense that only a dash is needed to flavor a dish. Sage is also one of the few herbs that, even as its leaves grow larger, the flavor intensifies. Unlike many herbs, sage leaves are still delicious after the plant flowers.
I like to describe sage as the “Cabernet Sauvignon of herbs.” Similar to Cabernet grapes, sage is sturdy, hardy, prolific, and drought-tolerant. It grows well within a wide range of temperatures and planting zones. Sage also boasts a long growing season. Since this resinous herb is evergreen in most zones, you can harvest sage well into late fall. While tender herbs, like basil, might die on the first freeze, sage will still be growing strong.
Since it prefers well-drained soil, sage is a perfect candidate for container gardening. And what about pests? Most pests pose no threat to sage. Your only concern might be mildew, which you can avoid by not over-watering.
Translation? Growing sage makes the slacker gardener look good.
The General Care of a Salvia Plant
The Salvia genus encompasses a large group of plant species that include perennials, biennials and annuals. Flowering salvia plants bloom in dense cluster spikes of small flowers during summer. Many flowering salvias have flowers in shades of white, pink, red, purple and blue. In general, salvia plants are easy to care for and can withstand some drought, heat and drier soils. Most salvia plants also have fragrant leaves and attract hummingbirds. Depending on the species and variety, salvia plants grow 1 1/2 to 5 feet tall.
Water your salvia plants deeply to soak the soil once each week during the summer when rainfall is less than 1 inch. You don’t need to water the salvia plant when weekly rainfall is adequate.
- The Salvia genus encompasses a large group of plant species that include perennials, biennials and annuals.
- Most salvia plants also have fragrant leaves and attract hummingbirds.
Spread a 1-inch-thick layer of organic compost on the ground around the salvia plants once each year in spring.
Apply a 2-inch-thick layer of bark or wood chip mulch on top of the organic compost each spring. The compost will feed the salvia plants, while the mulch will retain soil moisture and control weeds.
Cut the salvia plant’s stems back to 1 or 2 inches above the ground level after the first killing frost in fall or early winter.
Divide the salvia plants in spring by digging up the plant’s roots and separating them into clumps. You can divide the salvia plants about once every three or four years.
Plant the salvia in a spot that receives full, direct sunlight and has fast-draining soil. Plant the salvia in spring, after all chance of frost has passed.
Choose your salvia plants carefully, because they have individual levels of cold tolerance and aren’t hardy in all climates. In fact, some tropical salvia plants like Salvia divinorum can’t tolerate temperatures below freezing.