P. This fragrant herb (Salvia officinalis) is often said to do best on chalky land, but will thrive on any of average fertility, preferably light. Goodis essential. Although easily raised from , the are very variable and it is better to buy plants in early April, setting out 1 ft. apart. A top dressing of any complete fertiliser in June after the first will encourage vigorous shoots for the next cut. Sage is best discarded after 3 or 4 years, as the plants become too leggy. Propagation is easy. 2 in. long from the tips of the shoots will in a shady corner. Nip out the tops when 5 — 6 in. high to encourage a branching habit. For Jerusalem sage, see PHLOMIS FRUTICOSA. The blue and scarlet sages used for bedding belong to Salvia patens and Salvia splendens respectively — see SALVIA.