Lovely Russian Sage Garden Plants
Russian sage plants are common garden plants appreciated for its lovely flowers and its resistance to dry conditions. Russian sage garden plants are famous for its hardiness, making it popular with gardeners who work in harsh environments. Russian sage is ideal for low-water gardening, landscaping in high traffic areas like freeway embankments, and for gardening in areas with very poor soil conditions. It grows readily in USDA zones five through nine, and sometimes in even cooler regions, under the right conditions. Despite the name, Russian sage isn’t from Russia. It is native to Afghanistan and Pakistan, two nations famous for their dry environments and chalky, heavily acidic soil. Thanks to its native environment, Russian sage prefers soil where most other plants will not grow, especially rocky soil in hot climates. It also enjoys being blasted by the sun, and will in fact become droopy if it does not get enough sun.
This plant is usually classified as a “subshrub,” developing woody stems with herbaceous tips which harden as they mature. The stems of Russian sage garden plants are square in cross-section, and the plant produces protruding panicles (a horticulturist’s way of saying spikes) of purple flowers in the late summer and early fall. The flowers have a velvety texture, as do the silvery to gray leaves. Russian sage is also deciduous, losing its foliage in the fall except in temperate zones.