Best Companion Plants For Sage: What To Plant With Sage

If you’re thinking of adding sage to your garden, then you’ll want to consider companion planting. This will ensure your sage (and your other plants) will grow well so that you can have many harvests.

But what grows well with sage?

This article will explain some of the best plants to grow alongside sage.

But first, we’ll discuss what companion planting is and the benefits of companion planting.

Then, we’ll go more in-depth about what to look for when companion planting with sage. After, we’ll explain some fruits, vegetables, and other herbs that are excellent choices to companion plants with sage. 

Finally, we’ll explain what other plants to avoid placing near sage and whether or not companion planting can work with sage being grown in a pot. 

What Is Companion Planting?

Companion planting is a strategic way to grow the plants in your garden.

For example, you can place like-minded plants near each other so that they’ll help one another grow well and thrive.

When we say like-minded plants, we mean plants with similar growing conditions—for instance, similar soil, watering needs, and sunlight needs.

What Are The Benefits Of Companion Planting?

Companion planting is one of the best ways to help your plants grow in your garden.

The biggest benefit is that you’ll have a full garden filled with luscious plants that have grown to their full potential.

You can provide all you can to your plants when it comes to watering and sunlight, but then the plants need to root themselves and grow on their own.

Companion planting allows your plants to support one another so the whole garden can thrive.

What To Consider When Looking For What To Plant With Sage?

Believe it or not, companion planting isn’t as simple as placing plants near one another in the garden. First, they need to be compatible.

This means that you’ll want to place plants beside one another with similar growing conditions. Also, some plants are great pollinators to attract certain insects and keep pests away.

Herb garden with Sage
Herb garden with Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Mint

Growing Conditions

First, let’s discuss the growing conditions.

Sage prefers to have well-draining soil that’s sandy or loamy. Also, they don’t need a whole lot of water to survive. When first planted and in the early stages of growth, you’ll want to provide daily water. However, sage doesn’t need to be watered every day once it’s mature.

In addition, sage thrives on full, direct sunlight. So you’ll want to place it in a spot in the garden that gets about six hours of sunlight per day.

With this in mind, you’ll want to plant sage near other plants that have similar growing conditions.

For example, plant it beside other plants that prefer well-draining soil and little water.

On the other hand, sage can grow about two feet tall. So, you can plant it around other plants that thrive on a lot of sun. Or, you can place it in front of another plant that prefers to get little sunlight.

This way, when the sun is at its peak, your sage will absorb the sunlight and protect the other plant with shade. 

Pollinators And Pests

In addition, sage is a great pollinator. It can attract butterflies, bees, and other insects that help pollinate the other plants to allow them to thrive.

For example, you can have more than one sage plant. One for harvesting and another to let the flowers bloom. This will certainly attract more pollinators to your garden.

On the other hand, sage repels certain pests from the garden. For instance, growing sage near cabbage will repel certain pests that feed off of cabbage. Also, the sage can help boost the flavor of your cabbage.

Best Companion Plants For Sage

Let’s talk about some of the best sage companion plants you can grow to make the most out of companion planting.

Companion Planting With Vegetables

Sage can be planted near various veggies. For example, you can plant the following near this herb:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi

For most of these vegetables, sage can repel certain insects and other pests that will often come to feed upon these veggies.

Rust flies especially go after carrots. Luckily, due to the strong odor of sage, this herb will keep the rust flies away.

Sage’s odor masks the scent of carrots, so it seems as though carrots aren’t in your garden at all.

In addition, sage can boost the flavor of some of these veggies, such as cabbage. 

Companion Planting With Fruits

Fruits are similar to vegetables when it comes to benefitting from sage. For instance, strawberries and tomatoes are excellent fruits to grow near this sage.

Sage will keep away certain pests from these fruits to allow them to grow well. Also, the sage attracts many pollinators that will help the fruits (especially the tomatoes) grow well.

In addition, the sage herb can help boost the flavor of some of these fruits, such as the strawberry plant. 

Companion Planting With Other Herbs

In addition, you can plant sage near plenty of other herbs. For example, you can have a herb garden without other fruits and vegetables if you only want to grow spices.

Common herbs that are great to companion plant with sage are:

These herbs are great paired with sage because of their growing conditions.

For example, the herbs listed above prefer to have the same environment to be planted in. Also, they all require the same type of soil, which is well-drained and sandy or loamy in texture. 

Due to this, they have similar growing conditions, so you won’t need to worry about watering as much. This means the roots of one plant won’t be overwatered because of another plant.

What Not To Plant With Sage

On the other hand, while sage does well with many other plants, there are certain plants that it’s not compatible with.

For example, some plants you’ll want to avoid companion planting with sage are:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Rue
  • Shallots

Some, such as the chives, garlic, onions, and shallots, have different growing conditions than sage. For instance, these plants prefer to have a lot of moisture when grown.

Since sage doesn’t like having a lot of water, this can cause your sage plant to get overwatered. Thus, its roots will continuously be moist and rot, killing the sage plant.

On the other hand, sage can stunt the growth of cucumbers. When this happens, the cucumber can still grow, but you’ll get fewer harvests from it. Also, the sage can make your cucumbers taste bad.

On the flip side, rue can stunt the growth of sage. So, you’ll want to grow these two as far away as possible so that your sage can grow well while boosting the other plants around it. 

Can You Companion Plant With Sage Inside A Pot?

The short answer is yes. You can still utilize companion planting with sage while growing in a pot.

For example, sage can grow up to 1.5 feet wide and up to two feet tall. If you don’t want it to grow that big or you’re afraid it might take over your garden, then you can certainly grow it in a pot.

This way, you can move the pot around to different areas. For example, you can bring your sage plant inside during a harsh winter, so it continues to grow well.

However, you can leave the pot inside your garden either in the middle or on edge. By being close to your other plants, you can still get companion planting benefits.

Another benefit of companion planting your sage in a pot is that you don’t need to worry too much about similar growing conditions.

For instance, you can place your sage near a plant that requires a lot of water or a different type of soil. Neither plant will be affected because your sage will be separated in the pot.

Final Words

Sage is not only a great herb to grow for harvest and eating, but it can also give your whole garden a boost.

For example, sage can be planted near various fruits, vegetables, and other herbs to help them grow. In return, these other plants can help your sage, as well.

If you’ve never tried companion planting before, it’s certainly worth it. Sage is a hardy herb, and it’s easy to grow. So, it’s a great plant to try companion planting with if it’s your first time.

Want to learn more? Click here to find out how dry sage compares to fresh and here for how big sage grows. You can also find all my guides to growing sage here.