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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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New variegated culinary sage: coming soon...

Posted by Graham Rice on 22 May 2010 at 10:59 PM

Salvia,sage,variegated,La Crema. Image: © All rights reserved.How about this for a new sage? Yes, a brand new variegated culinary sage. Doesn’t it look great?

Now, I have to say, before you get too excited – it’s not available yet. I know, I normally only tell you about plants you can order via a link at the end of my piece. But I thought you’d enjoy this glimpse into the future.

Yesterday I received a small plant to try, to assess how good it really is. So the picture is of that little plant at just 3in/7.5cm high. But it looks very promising, doesn’t it? It’s a variegated sport of the broad-leaved ‘Berggarten’ and will be available in the USA this year.

I’m almost certain no one in Britain has it for sale yet – but perhaps it will be at Chelsea? If you spot it there, please let me know.

And when it’s available I’ll be sure to pass on the news.


Foxnfirefly said:

Yes--it's pretty.  However, it reminds me of varigated Bishop's weed.  Looks aside, I look forward to its availability.  Too many herbs are just plain green.

on 24 May 2010 at 04:19 AM

Beetle said:

Hmmm - only time will tell of  course whether this is really a 'new' salvia. I do wonder how long it will be before the odd pinkish variegation appears - hopefully not at all but I am a little sceptical of these salvia off. 'cuts'!.

on 02 Jun 2010 at 11:05 PM

Graham Rice said:

Well, as it's a sport of 'Berggarten' it will at least have broader leaves than 'Tricolor' and 'Icterina'.

on 03 Jun 2010 at 09:39 PM