Gardening in Broadview
Written by Michelle Miner a member of Broadview Garden Club
Last year on a day much like today, I went to a home improvement store and bought some herbs to plant in my garden. One of the plants was a pineapple sage. It was about 3″ tall and a pretty green color. I had no idea that I had just bought the plant that was to become my all time favorite herb.
So for the first couple of weeks I did not know that the pineapple sage was going to be my new favorite, it was just an herb in my garden. Then it started to grow a lot taller than my other herbs. It was so healthy and such a beautiful almost “neon” green color. I could see it from my front window, and I started wonder about it a little more. In the fall the pineapple sage was almost 3 feet tall. I keep thinking this can’t be just any herb plant.
The end of September my Mom and I took a trip to Buchard Gardens in Victoria, BC. The first thing I noticed in their fall gardens was the shocking green of the pineapple sage. It was every where in their landscape design. How come I had never noticed this beautiful plant before. So by now I am just head-over-heels in love with the pineapple sage and didn’t realize that the best was yet to come.
In October, my pineapple sage began to bloom and had the most beautiful red trumpet flowers. Every stalk had a cascade of flowers that attracted the hummingbirds from miles around. The plant continued to bloom until the first snow storm in November. What a wonderful, beautiful, easy to grow plant the pineapple sage is. I have plans to put it all around my yard and in containers this spring. I am thinking how beautiful it will look with my heavenly bamboo and my purple mondo grass.
If you would like more information about the pineapple sage you can read about it at http://www.herbcompanion.com/Herb-Profiles/HERB-To-KNOW-PINEAPPLE-SAGE.aspx