Sage, Berggarten

'Berggarten' sage is hardy, evergreen perennial, that is cold tolerant in zones 5-9. Prefers full sun, rich humus soil that drains well. Use as an ornamental in landscapes or mix this variety with purple and tri-color sages for striking contrast in the garden. Be sure to mulch over the plants so they winter the cold. As with most sages, after 2-3 years of clipping back, they need to be replaced because the tend to get woody and produce less.

Sage historically has been used for both it's aromatic culinary & medicinal properties. In dried bulk bundles, form has a lovely scented herbal bouquet that makes an attractive , useful culinary addition hung in most any chefs' kitchen.

The variety comes both green and variegated and was bred not to flower so much, as to produce more leaves. The 'Berggarten' sage leaves are best fresh. If dried loses it's flavor and becomes more medicinal in taste after awhile. Some say freezing the fresh leaves helps keep the taste true to it's garden flavor. Use in melted butter over fresh pasta, great for roasted meats and potato dishes or as a stuffing with onion & bread. Remember a little goes along way, use sparingly .

The name 'Berggarten' actually translates to 'mountain garden', which happens to be one of many buildings on the properties gardening areas of a large estate known as Herrenhausen Gardens in Hanover, Germany. Located in Lower Saxony's capital, was built in 1666 as a vegetable garden for the Great Garden on hill north of the Herrenhauser Castle. data info @: wikipedia.org

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