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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: ©GardenPhotos.com. 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.

Comments

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