Intense Sage

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You might have grown garden Sage before but was it …INTENSE? The Intense Sage (Salvia officinalis 'IntenseSage') takes Common Sage to the next level! It will knock your socks off with a wildly intense culinary sage flavor and fragrance!

This exciting new narrow-leafed Aage features silvery grey-green foliage and very compact, densely-branched habit! These leaves are the perfect backdrop for the bluish, two-lipped blooms that appear on tall, waving wands! They’ll be wiggling as bumblebees and honeybees buzz from flower to flower!

Intense Sage has fuzzy soft foliage that is intensely aromatic and flavorful! The flowers too are edible herbs and look lovely sprinkled over salads and desserts as garnish and color! But leave some for the bees because Sages are a vital pollen and nectar resource for butterflies, native bees and other beneficial insects! Plant a few extra for your wildlife, enough to cook with and more to snip stems for herbal floral bouquets or dry them for crafts and later use!

Planting and Application:

The smaller, compact size of Intense Sage makes it valuable as a colorful, dual-purpose addition to container gardens, porch planters and even window boxes - anywhere you need fragrant and flowering filler that also super-charges the flavors in soups and stews, intensifies vegetables and meat, and dresses up stuffing and pork dishes with a big-time boost!

Always welcome in pollinator and cutting gardens, and a necessary staple for sunny kitchen gardens and herb gardens! These are ornamental herbs and not just standard culinary fare. Tuck into cottage and perennial beds or bring in as a houseplant during colder northern winters. They look lovely and add their cooling hue to mixed beds, herb planters and borders that butterflies won’t be able to resist!

  • Next Level Flavor & Herbal Aroma
  • Soft, Fuzzy Silvery Blue-Green Foliage
  • Bluish Wands of Blooms
  • Ornamental Culinary & Crafts
  • Beneficial for Bees & Butterflies

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Intense thrives in very sunny, well-drained garden soils that are organic and enriched, preferring low moisture once established. Mulch them well in winter and prune woody stems in early spring. If you want flowers, then prune after they are spent.

Go big or go home with the extreme flavor and fragrance boost of Intense Sage! Find yours today at with all our exciting new herb plants that are now available!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Growing Zones Annual In All Growing Zones
More Information
Brand Gardenzest
Botanical Name Salvia officinalis 'IntenseSage'
Type Annual
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 2.5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Blue
Foliage Color Silvery Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes