Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Robert Grimm’)

Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage

Wonderfully cold hardy Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Robert Grimm’) makes an exceptionally savory addition to Victory Gardens. This perennial is more than pretty enough to use anywhere you want brilliant blue flowers!

The fragrant foliage is a beautifully textured silvery gray-green. Harvest your culinary sage leaves to dry and chop for rustic stews and incredible Thanksgiving stuffing!

Planting and Application:

Robert Grimm is a compact, low-growing cultivar that spreads to fill a generous area. Try it as a hard-working, dual purpose hedge that will delight you year after year!

  • Line the edge of your walkways with a solid planting. Space them 18 inches apart and you’ll have a lavish, cool-toned herbal hedge that is both rugged and attractive.
  • Urban gardeners can easily add this redolent herbaceous perennial in their growing mix. Simply keep a plant in a tall container with good drainage on your sun-soaked balcony or deck.
  • Spikes of beautiful blue blooms rise above the mounded foliage for a showy display. Allow the flower spikes to dry on your plant so that songbirds can eat the seeds.
  • Butterflies and beneficial pollinators adore Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage, too! But deer tend to avoid them; use several of them as a living repellent around landscape shrubs.
  • Culinary Sage can be infused in olive oil, butter honey and vinegar to add rich flavor. Use it in homemade soaps, candles and lotions for clarity, clearing and as an excellent, earthy base note for floral and citrus top note scents.

Tips for Care:

Robert Grimm Dwarf Sage does best in full sun or very light shade with at least four hours of sunlight a day..the more sun, the better! Give it well-drained soil, or create a raised bed to improve drainage as needed.

  • For a long-lived perennial hedge, tuck symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster into the planting hole. It helps the tiny feeder roots over their entire life.
  • Provide a moderate amount of water on a consistent schedule for best results. Get expert watering tips for beautiful landscapes.
  • Harvest leaves as you need them to use fresh or to dry for rubs or seasoning. Prune to just above where the stems grow wood in early spring or after the flowers are done; remove a few of the thickest stems to rejuvenate older Sage as needed.

Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Robert Grimm’) Details

Common name Robert Grimm Dwarf Culinary Sage
Botanical name Salvia officinalis 'Robert Grimm'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 24 inches
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Blue