Monday, January 15, 2007

Perovskia Russian Sage A Garden "Must Have"!



Russian Sage is one of my favorite plants in my garden. It works well as a back drop by providing striking blues ans silvers as well as adding a unique foliage contrast. Perovskia is a woody sub-shrub with long panicles of lavender-blue flowers that become increasingly brilliant as they open.

Plant Info:
Latin Name: Perovskia
Common Name(s): Russian Sage
Zone: 5-9
Size: 4' tall, 3' wide
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: July through October

General Culture:

Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tendency to flop is greatly increased by growing this plant in anything less than full sun. Drought tolerant. Cut back plants almost to the ground in early spring before new growth begins.

Noteworthy Characteristics:

Russian sage is a woody-based perennial of the mint family and features finely-dissected, aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, square stems and whorls of two-lipped, tubular, light blue flowers tiered in branched, terminal panicles (12-15" high). Long summer bloom period. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1995).

Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Plants tend to sprawl or flop over as the summer progresses.

Uses:

Provides long summer bloom for the perennial border. Contrasts well with both pink (e.g., phlox, mallow or roses) and yellow (e.g., rudbeckia) perennials.

Joe Cultra
Modern Gardener

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