The Q&A Archives: What To Do With Plants From Last Summer?

Question: I don't know what to do with my plants from last summer. I planted "Purple Sage", and they were purple in the winter when snow came and covered them, now it's spring, the snow is gone and they are still there, "a purple little bush". Am I suppose to cut them so new growth comes? I'm using it in a flower garden for color scent and bushy fill.

Answer: Sage (Salvia officinalis) is often almost shrubby although it is called a perennial. In my experience, it is better to leave the plants alone until later in the spring when they are leafing out. Then you can trim away any bare portions that do not leaf out, and possibly give them a light trim to tidy them up. Avoid cutting into the harder woodier parts of the plant, however.

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