Planting Russian Sage

I’ve been obsessed with Russian Sage ever since I saw our neighbors’ plant peeking through the white fence that separated our property. I remember a ton of bumble bees whizzing around and the fragrant smell that would travel with the wind. They had to tie a white rope around the whole plant to keep it upright and out of the way of other flowers. The violet, lavender-like blooms were absolutely gorgeous.

Are you looking for a low-maintenance perennial that attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds? Hardy in zones 4-9, Russian Sage (Perovskia Atriplicifolia) has striking gray/green foliage with bright lavender blooms. This is one massive growing perennial, even with a hard Spring prune, it will grow right back to an impressive size. Rabbit and deer resistant, it blooms mid-Summer to late October. It also has a pleasant scent that you will be sure to enjoy! Make sure you give this Sage plenty of space, it will need it.

In Iowa, I planted a small 3″ plant and within a couple months it exploded into a 4 ft shrub. With full sun and a little water after established, it will get enormous.👌

[Our front yard in Iowa]

Luckily, I found a Russian Sage at our garden center. Fall is a wonderful time to buy plants because of the incredible inventory sales you can find. Another plus of Fall planting is transplant shock is less likely due to cooler temps.

This spot across from the shed gets a ton of sun. As you can tell, the grass is patchy and overall it’s just a blah space. I’m hoping it will fill in well and cascade across the slope. I’m thinking pink Coneflower will look beautiful next to the Russian Sage next Spring.

Have you ever grown Russian Sage before? Have you seen it grown in other places? Maybe in a rock garden or a hot climate? I hope next time you find yourself at a garden center you look for one and give it a try! It’s definitely my favorite plant.

Blessings, Jolie

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