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magazine. For gardening advice delivered to your inbox every Friday, sign up for Get Growing at: getgrowing.co.nz winter. Trim back after flowering in summer. In winter, prune dead foliage and stems, and protect plants from cold.
Take softwood cuttings in spring to propagate variegated varieties and those that don’t set seed easily.
Purple sage ‘‘Purpurascens’’ has a more delicate flavour than common sage and its dark blue flowers make a pretty garnish. To create impact in the herb garden, try the variegated sage ‘‘Tricolor’’.