Sage was valued in ancient times. It was probably the Romans who brought the medicinal and aromatic herbs across the Alps and planted them in the monastery gardens. Nowadays we know a variety of sage varieties that thrive beautifully in pots and quickly become a fragrant eye-catcher on every balcony.
The healing properties and benefits of sage have always been in the foreground. Nowadays, besides all its useful characteristics, one has discovered its decorative side. In particular, the sage (Salvia officinalis, also known as kitchen sage), which is traditionally grown as a herb and medicinal herb, is all about the new trend – to combine the useful with the beautiful. Because even the blue-gray leaves of the medicinal plant are a real ornament for outdoors. The broad-leaved shape of the “Berggarten” kitchen sage cuts a fine figure as a bedding plant. The “Tricolor” variety brings a lot of color into play with its green, pink and white striped leaves. The yellow-colored golden sage “Icterina” has a particularly friendly effect and has earned its permanent place in balcony boxes and pot gardens. The “Purpurascens” variety has a very mysterious effect with its reddish-purple leaves. All these types of sage are as decorative as they are aromatic and are the right seasoning for meat and poultry, for fish fillings and Italian specialties as well as for a delicious and healthy tea in the evening.
The shrubby sage species (Salvia nemorosa) are valued as a purely ornamental plant outdoors in the bed because of their pretty flowers, which have a long flowering period from June to September. But there is nothing against planting the varieties “Mainacht”, “Blauhügel”, “Ostfriesland” and “Amethyst” in pots. The compact “Marcus” sage variety was specially bred for the flower pot.
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea), from which the essential oil is obtained, is a biennial plant that forms a rosette of leaves in the first year and an imposing flower candle of up to 1.5 m high in the second. By self-sowing, it ensures its continued existence.
Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans “Scarlet Pineapple”) is a container plant and impresses with the wonderfully fruity note of its leaves. Such a pineapple aroma tempts you to stroke the velvety leaves again and again on the balcony and terrace, which gives every fruit salad that certain something. Peach sage (Salvia greggii) gives off the sweet scent of ripe peaches when touched. Its leaves and flowers are also edible. Peruvian sage (Salvia discolor) also belongs to the tub plants, has almost black flowers and is characterized by an intense currant aroma. All of these sage varieties love the sun and are not hardy.
Sage blooms beautifully and is an unforgettable, atmospheric experience in summer, because its shape and aromatic scent make the dream of the south a reality in every garden.
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