Salvia o. Aurea

Golden Garden Sage

  • Beautiful as well as delicious
  • Apple green leaves edged in gold
  • Tasty in soups and pasta dishes
  • Great in gardens and containers
  • Riveting variegated foliage
  • Distinctive flavor
  • Best stored frozen

Golden Garden Sage can be used much like all Sages in a multitude of vegetable and meat dishes. Its herbal history dates back to the 17th century where its trading value was well known. In fact, the Dutch record trading 1 barrel of Sage leaves for 3 barrels of tea leaves to the Chinese. Salvia, as a group, was renowned during this time for its supposed powers for promoting longevity. Although we can't promise immortality, we can promise an excellent culinary herb that will perform exceptionally well in your garden or planter. Blessed with riveting variegated foliage that features a pale green leaf center surrounded by a wide, brilliant, golden band of color, this plant makes a strong case for being included in any garden or mixed container planting just on the merits of these great looks alone. But, once you add in its distinctive flavor, you'll find it impossible to not grow at least one or two plants each year! Sage is best stored frozen. Try freezing a whole branch on a cookie sheet and then store the individual leaves in plastic bags.

Foliage Color
Sara's Superb Herbs
Full Sun
Soil Moisture
Moist, Well-Drained
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Salvia o. Aurea

Golden Garden Sage's bicolored gold and green leaves are beautiful in the garden adding great contrast to the perennial or herb garden. It grows well in outdoor containers, but they must be replenished after a few years. If bringing indoors for the winter, place in a bright, well-ventilated location. Grow in full sun, well-drained, moist soils. Mulch heavily in the fall to protect the roots during the winter. Read about growing Sage in containers in Sara's Sage Advice handbook.