7+ Best Sage Companion Plants (What to Grow and What not to Grow with Sage Plants?)

7+ Best Sage Companion Plants (What to Grow and What not to Grow with Sage Plants?)

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Sage or common sage is a popular herb and the scientific name of sage is Salvia officinalis. The herb is perennial and can self-reproduce. The plant is a type of subshrub and is evergreen belonging to the family Lamiaceae.

Key takeaways:

  • The sage plants need warm and dry conditions with the temperature of soil about 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Companion plants are plants that can be grown with a specific plant and provide benefits.
  • There are various Sage companion plants such as carrot, rosemary, thyme, cabbage, beans, oregano, strawberry, and many more explained below.
  • The sage plant gets bushy and as they reach good height, you can go for pruning them.
  • The optimal height of sage plants is considered to be 1 to 2.5 feet.
  • The Sage plant is an excellent addition to your herb garden. Growing them outdoors is more beneficial.
  • They help other plants in the garden or their proximity as well. The sage plants have many good companions plants as well as bad ones.

This is what we will talk about in this article today. 

What to grow with sage? – Sage Companion Plants

1. Brassicas

The sage plant when planted near the brassicas like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, etc. repels many pests and moths that usually attack these brassicas. The sage also enhances the flavor or scent of brassicas when they are nearby.

2. Rosemary

Rosemary is also seen to grow well beside the sage plant. Both awesomely smelling hers can form a great scented corner in your garden as well. Both plants have similar requirements like sandy soil, and both repel pests making the spot pest-free. 

3. Carrot

Sage plants are great companion plants of carrots as they keep the carrot flies away from them.

The strong odor of sage also keeps the rot away from carrots and keeps the pests away. The flavor of carrots is also seen improving when they grow with sage in the garden. 

4. Strawberry 

The sage growing nearby the strawberries can help repel the slugs that love strawberries. The flavor also gets good with the sage growing nearby strawberries.

5. Kohlrabi

The kohlrabi and sage grow well in the garden together. The sage helps the kohlrabi by repelling the harmful pests and beetles that usually feed on these plants. 

6. Cabbage

Other great companion plants are sage and cabbage. The sage helps in keeping the caterpillars away from the cabbage plant. Sage also improves the flavor of cabbage with its strong scent. 

7. Parsley 

Parsley doesn’t affect the growth of sage at all. Sage also gets benefits from the high pollination abilities of parsley. Both grow well in each other’s company. 

8. Thyme

Thyme is another herb that grows well and also helps the sage plant. Thyme helps in repelling many pests and the same goes for sage which makes the spot super safe for them to grow. 

9. Beans 

Beans help the sage plants in getting nitrogen which they fix in the soil. Sage can also use this nitrogen. Growing them together also improves their flavor but make sure to not plant them too close.

10. Nasturtium

Sage is bushy and nasturtiums are beautiful with their flowers. Apart from this, the whiteflies are also repelled by the nasturtium that can harm sage. The sage also gets benefits from the pollination of flowers. The nasturtium plant help to keep the bugs away from the plant.

11. Oregano 

Oregano and sage plants together in the garden grow easily and happily as they both have similar requirements and grow in almost similar conditions. 

What not to grow? – Plants that are not Sage Companion Plants?

1. Cucumber

Cucumbers many times can be harmful to be planted near some plants, one of which is sage. The sage plants don’t let the cucumber plant grow properly in short stunts their growth. The strong aroma might be the reason. The cucumber also takes much of the water from the soil. But other companion plants to grow with cucumber are Corn, Onion, Marigold, Catnip, chives, oregano, etc.

2. Common rue

Common rue is again the plant that should be kept away from sage as the sage cannot grow well in the presence of rue near to the plant. 

3. Fennel

Fennel near the sage plant in the garden is not safe. Fennel makes the sage plant stunted and also fastens the process of unwanted flowering in the sage plant. 

4. Alliums

Most alliums like onion, garlic, shallots, and chives grow well in moist soil and a watery atmosphere which is opposite to what the sage plant needs.

As described earlier, the sage plant will thrive well in sandy soil with more drainage and dry conditions.

5. Wormwood

Whitelies are the culprits that attack the sage plant and wormwood invites these culprits, which makes them bad companions of sage plants. 

6. Basil 

Basil and sage are not good companions as they both inhibit the growth of each other. But there are Some other companion plants to grow with basil Borage, Oregano, Peppers, Root vegetables, Chamomile, etc.

Wrapping up the context

Sage is a pretty plant and yet a great aromatic herb. The gray-green leaves add a great color variety to your garden. The plant does great in the company of many plants and just not this also helps the other plants in varying ways. We have put all the information regarding this in the upper portion. We hope you find it helpful. 


1. Do lavender and sage grow well together?

Lavender and sage can grow well together as both herbs like the same conditions sandy soil, dry hot climate, and well-drained soil, with hardy zones 5 through 11. 

2. Where should I plant sage in my garden?

Grow sage in a spot that has full to partial sun. The sage can also be grown inside the house, making sure there is not a lot of humidity and light facing the window. 

3. How long does a sage plant live?

The sage plants are evergreen perennials that survive as long as three to five years. The plants also are hardy with hardy stem sand in zones like 4 to 10.

4. Should you let sage go to the flower?

The plants when flowering starts to lose energy to the flowers and not to the foliage. Sage plants are known for their leaves and not flowers, as we need flowers in dishes or for other purposes. You can pinch off the flowers to save the plant from flowering and divert energy more to the leaves. 

Becky Decker

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