Plant Taxonomy of Russian Sage:
Plant Type for Russian Sage:
Planting Zones for Russian Sage Plants:
Sun and Soil Requirements for Russian Sage Plants:
Uses for Russian Sage:
Its fine texture makes Russian sage a good choice if you're seeking contrast with plants exhibiting a coarser texture. For examples of such contrasts in landscape design, see my pictures of how plant texture is used to good effect.
More generally, Perovskia atriplicifolia is used en masse in border plantings and -- because of its drought-tolerance -- in rock gardens.
If not overpowered by plants with larger, showier flowers, it can serve as a specimen plant.
Wildlife Attracted by Russian Sage Plants:
Pruning Russian Sage:
Some gardeners choose to prune Russian sage annually. The argument for pruning is that the plant will grow to be bushier as a result of this care.
When to prune Russian sage:
The time to prune Russian sage is early spring.
How to prune Russian sage:
Prune down to within a few inches of ground level.
One reason why spring is the best time to prune is that leaving the silver branches adds interest to the winter landscape.
Outstanding Features of Russian Sage:
Landscaping With Perovskia Atriplicifolia:
Russian sage plants, given their long-blooming nature and how tall they are, can be an excellent choice for the back row of a flower bed.
Plants that look great juxtaposed to Perovskia atriplicifolia and are commonly used as companion plants for it include: