perennial

Golden Girl Sage

Salvia 'Golden Girl'

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Golden Girl Sage (Salvia 'Golden Girl') at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Golden Girl Sage flowers

Golden Girl Sage flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Meadow Clary, Meadow Sage

Description:

An elegant looking variety producing butter yellow blooms with an orange blush all season; a beautiful addition to borders or containers with its dense and bushy form, looks fantastic in containers

Ornamental Features

Golden Girl Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of buttery yellow flowers with orange overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early fall, which emerge from distinctive burgundy flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive small fragrant narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden Girl Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Golden Girl Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Golden Girl Sage will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Golden Girl Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features