Surface sow or lightly cover.
Start in well-drained germinating mix 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-75°F.
Direct sow after last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Clary sage is a statuesque inhabitant of cottage gardens. A biennial, in the second year of growth it sends up an entire floral framework filled with tiny flowers surrounded by large colorful bracts, providing a long-lasting display accompanied by the zesty scent of grapefruit. Companion to frilly-headed poppies and bronze fennel, it has staked its claim to the cottage garden since the 1600s. Easy to grow if provided with well-drained soils, especially valuable for winter survival.
Do not overfertilize. If soil is poor, mix about 2" of compost into the soil prior to planting and topdress the following spring.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent powdery mildew by spacing plants apart for increased air circulation. Aphids can be washed off leaves with a strong stream of water or insecticidal soap applications.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
When about 1/2 of florets have opened