Lovely Russian Sage Garden Plants

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.

Garden With White Pergola And Purple Russian Sage Plants

Garden With White Pergola And Purple Russian Sage Plants

Admired for its silvery gray, fragrant foliage as much as its lavender-purple flowers, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) makes a bold statement in the garden.

Garden With Purple Russian Sage Plants

Garden With Purple Russian Sage Plants

When planting Russian sage, gardeners should be aware that the plant spreads outward as well as upward, so it is important to give seedlings some room to grow, with at least an arm's length between plants.

Outdoor Flower Bed With Russian Sage Plants

Outdoor Flower Bed With Russian Sage Plants

Several cultivars of Russian sage have been developed, including plants with lacy foliage, and plants with flowers which are more blue than purple.

Backyard Garden With Purple Russian Sage Plants

Backyard Garden With Purple Russian Sage Plants

Russian sage is hardy in USDA plant hardiness Zones 5 through 10. Choose a location with very well-drained soil of average fertility in full sun.

Garden With Pathway And Russian Sage Plants

Garden With Pathway And Russian Sage Plants

Watering care for Russian sage plants is minimal. In fact, Russian sage thrives in dry soil and rarely needs watering once established.

Garden With Russian Sage Plants And Mulch

Garden With Russian Sage Plants And Mulch

Some garden supply stores sell starts of Russian sage starts, and gardeners who happen to be acquainted with people who are growing this plant can ask for cuttings.

Backyard Garden With Wooden Fences And Russian Sage Plants

Backyard Garden With Wooden Fences And Russian Sage Plants

The Russian sage is indigenous to central parts of Asia. It belongs to the mint family Labiatae and is scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia. Despite its common name, the Russian sage is not a relative of the common sage genus Salvia.

Cottage Garden With Russian Sage Plants

Cottage Garden With Russian Sage Plants

Flower Garden With Russian Sage Plants

Flower Garden With Russian Sage Plants

Maintaining a summer or fall garden is never complete unless you include Russian sage.

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