Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Sage advice

THIS GARDEN MAINSTAY AND WILDLIFE MAGNET HAS MANY COLORFUL GUISES. HERE'S HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SAGE FOR YOUR GARDEN

Some are pale and sway like debutantes. Others are clowns, with an in-your-face brightness that shouts, "over herd" Sage (Salvia) comes in a dizzying myriad of shapes, sizes, and colors. What they have in common--besides DNA--is a long season of bloom and a remarkable ease of care. Test your sage IQ with our quiz, then discover which of these unsung heroes are right for your garden.
1. What is sage?

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