The Russian Sage is a Late Summer Bloomer and Requires Full Sun

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
February 16, 2007

The Russian Sage is also known by the name Perovskia. It blooms during the summer and requires full sun. It can grow from 3 to 5 feet tall. The Russian Sage is a woody plant or shrub plant. The Perovskia is growable in zones 4 through 9 and can get by with little care or attention.

The Russian Sage will look good and requires similar care to plants like Coneflowers, Threadleaf Coreopsis, Daylilies, and other late bloomers. Add some Purple Fountain Grass or Feather Reed Grass for all year beauty.

It requires little care; just a little water and a lot of sun. The Perovskia can become floppy when planted in too much shade. The leaves are like lace, very fine and almost "airy". The soil should be well drained and can be sandy or loamy with good results. If your garden soil isn't well drained then add sand to the mix.

Perennial Full Sun
Provide water only when needed No need to divide. Can reproduce from seed or stem cuttings.
Grows to 3 to 5 feet high Grows 3 to 4 feet wide
Flowers in summer Colors of Lavendar and Blue

A photo of a Russian Sage.
A view of Russian Sage or Perovskia.

A closeup of the Russian Sage Flower.
You can place the Russian Sage in sunny, dry spots in your backyard garden. The Sage will look interesting all winter long or cut it back to 1 foot high after a hard frost. In the spring, if it hasn't died back to the ground then cut back within 6 inches to the ground. New sprouts come from the roots.

Water the Russian Sage Sparingly

If you want to reproduce it, take stem cuttings in early summer or grow from seeds. My own Sage has reproduced from seeds blown onto good soil. I just dig it up and move it to a new spot and it is hardy and strong.

The 3 to 5 foot height of the plant makes it a good plant for the back or middle of the flower garden. You can place it with ornamental grasses.

Remember to give the Russian Sage water sparingly as too much water can produce a weak bloom and floppy plant. Yes, you can even neglect them. A perfect plant.

You will enjoy the different seasons the full sun perennial will bring you. It grows fast in early summer and then flowers into many beautiful lavendar and light blue tiny flowers.

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