I planted some sage in the kitchen garden last year and was a little surprised to see it winter over succesfully. But it did, and so it started off the 2006 year big and strong. I decided it deserved a “promotion” to ornamental status since it was getting along so well. I moved it into an empty spot in the bed where I have my azaleas.
We had a very hot, dry summer, which stressed all my plants, but the transplants especially. Sage pulled through quite well in the end though, finishing the summer of 2006 as a two-foot shrub that smells nice and is quite easy to like.
I’ve had the best luck with the quart-sized starters you get at the garden center or grocery store in springtime. This was one of those last spring.