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Grahamii sage, a flawless course


Everything about it is subtle, its small flowers, its light fragrance, its rounded leaves, the airy bushes, like the bouquets so poetic, that it allows you to compose: grahamii sage accompanies you until the frost.

The grahamii sage is a perennial native to Mexico that will hardly serve you in the kitchen, but in the garden, it is a precious plant that keeps you company with its cheerful colors even on the gray days of the cold season.

Decorative and charming, it works just as well on a lawn or a border as to border a driveway.

And its leaves give off a delicate scent when crumpled.

Good care of grahamii sage

Sage grahimii is bought in pots at garden centers and is planted in the spring or fall, preferably in a sheltered and sunny corner of the garden. To succeed without worrying about this plantation, soak the root ball well and plant it without burying it, at ground level, in neutral, well-drained soil, especially not humid in winter. If necessary, incorporate sand and gravel.

It will be covered in the spring with a multitude of small vermilion red flowers with a light fragrance, until frost. Grahamii sage is drought tolerant, but the foot should be covered in winter nonetheless. In mild climates, its very fine flowers, grouped in spikes, persist long into the cold season and it can develop with great zest, reaching up to 4 feet tall. Adding compost or organic fertilizer in spring and fall will make it even more beautiful.

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Good use of grahamii sage

There are many varieties of this sage whose flowers are yellow, orange or various shades of red; some have variegated foliage. To take full advantage of its presence in the garden, grow it in groups of the same color among shrub beds or other perennials that will bloom at the end of summer, when it will still be there, green and in bloom. It is also the most beautiful effect, in hedges or border on a white wall background.

Don’t hesitate to multiply it, it’s easy. You can take cuttings during the summer (August), but if you want to let nature take its course, it's even easier! Bring a mound of earth around the foot. The base of the stems will take root. You can then detach them from the mother plant and plant them. This is always welcome because it is very likely that, seduced by its persistent and invigorating bloom, all your friends will ask for you!

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