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Salvia officinalis 'Kew Gold'
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sage 'Kew Gold'

'Kew Gold' is a compact evergreen sub-shrub to 30cm tall, with golden yellow leaves and pale violet-blue flowers in early summer

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow
Summer Blue Yellow
Autumn Yellow
Winter Yellow
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a light, moist, but well-drained soil in full sun in a sheltered position. Avoid excessive winter wet

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 9 in spring

Pests

Salvia can suffer damage from sage leaf hopper, capsid bug and slugs

Diseases

Foot and root rots, powdery mildew and verticillium wilt can be problematic on salvias

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