I would leave the whole plant. See more ideas about russian sage, landscape, xeriscape. Russian sage is hardy in Zones 4 to 9. The winter of 2003-04 was one of those. In addition to its blossoms, it is worth growing Russian sage for the silver-green foliage. Russian sage is hardy in USDA plant hardiness Zones 5 through 10. Water Russian sage once every week during spring, summer and fall to keep the roots from drying out completely. Russian sage tolerates some over-pruning, though it may take it a year to recover from severe trims. Growing Russian sage in partly shaded locations may cause the plants to sprawl. Mike Heger of Ambergate Gardens, Waconia, Minnesota (zone 4), treats Russian sage like an herbaceous perennial that dies back in winter. Its botanical name is Perovskia atriplicofolia. Jess. Maintenance Prune out any winter-killed branches as needed. Go to list of cultivars. Wait until late winter or early spring to cut back Russian sage, butterfly bush and pest-free perennials. Option one for bold people. In late fall through winter, Russian sage sheds its flowers to reveal stately silvery stems for a perfect snowscape complement. If the plant freezes, you can always start with new plants in spring. Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, is an attractive plant with elongate, gray-green leaves and square, silvery-gray stems that produces an airy cloud of color late in the summer.The tiny, purple-blue, tubular flowers are arranged in whorls along long stems. Rhododendrons and Lilac especially benefit from the removal of dead flowers. All parts of the Russian sage plant are quite fragrant when rubbed or crushed. Some even uses the flowers in tea when experiencing stomach upset. Choose a location with very well-drained soil of average fertility in full sun. When it comes to growing Russian sage in containers, bigger is definitely better because a large pot provides ample space for the roots to develop. If the winter weather is dry, water the plants lightly every two to three weeks. A sturdy perennial herb, Russian sage easily survives the mild Northern California climate with proper fall care and light protection against winter chill. Depending on the severity of the winter, the branches may die back over halfway, even to ground level. I noticed this spring that half the plant finally suffered winterkill. Do not water during the winter in zones above 7. Set out new plants in early spring, spacing them 2 to 3 feet (.6-.9 m.) apart. It goes from a hazy, pale blue to a jubilant azure. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing. Should you cut it back, transplant it or stake it? One way to make Russian sage look better is to simply surround it with landscape plants that have a better appearance in winter. So the dead twigs that are sticking out above the leaves in the spring will be there all summer if you don’t prune … It can be tempting to tidy it up by cutting it back somehow. Don’t water if the soil still feels moist from the previous watering. See more ideas about russian sage, landscape, xeriscape. You can bury a non-freezing container in a protected area of your garden and pull it out in spring, but the easiest way to save Russian sage in containers is to bring the plant into an unheated (non-freezing) shed, garage or other area. You can take part in winter activities and visit the famous attractions that look splendid in snow. In your book, there's a mention of using Russian Sage as a vertical interest in containers. Keep in mind it’s a “subshrub,” meaning the top half of each stem dies back each year, but the bottom part of each stem lives through the winter. Russian sage likes sun and heat. Notice the Russian sage in the photo was cut back in fall. Jul 24, 2016 - Explore Julie Ratio's board "landscape ideas - Russian Sage" on Pinterest. Noteworthy Characteristics. Then, if you live in colder, northern climates, just bring your containers into the house over the winter. Winter In Russia: Highlights 2. Russian-sage is a semi-hardy sub-shrub or perennial grown for its handsome gray-green foliage and beautiful late season lavender-blue flower spikes. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect. Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Its long blooming period is valued by those who seek a flower bed that remains in bloom throughout the growing season. How does one tell if these survived the winter? Russian sage is not that attractive in the winter, so put it next to other plants that have more winter interest. A potting mix with fertilizer pre-mixed at planting time will provide the plant with nutrients for six to eight weeks. If you don’t prune Russian sage, the plant will become very overgrown and woody, which doesn’t look very nice. At maturity, it can create offsets (‘mini’ plants with partially developed root systems) at its base. Sign up for our newsletter. Source(s): https://shorte.im/a0IV0. Although the taller species sometimes benefits from a spring pinching to control height, this small cultivar performs well without pinching. Move Russian sage immediately, preventing dry roots. Growing Russian sage in partly shaded locations may cause the plants to sprawl. Are you looking for a plant that survives freezing winters and scorching summers, is drought tolerant, blooms all summer, and attracts bees and butterflies? In late fall through winter, Russian sage sheds its flowers to reveal stately silvery stems for a perfect snowscape complement. 1 decade ago. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. All shrubs benefit from dead-heading once spent flowers become apparent. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. Russian sage belongs to a class of shrubs called subshrubs. Russian sage adapts well to either soil type. If you’re short on space or you need a little something to fancy up a deck or patio, you can definitely grow Russian sage in containers. Maintenance Prune out any winter-killed branches as needed. Not to be outdone by its flowers, the plant's stems and foliage make a strong statement of their own, perhaps even outstrippi… Russian sage, day lilies, lavender and gaillardia reemerge each spring. Young plants may have weak stems which cause the plant to flop over. It looks like a bunch of grey-brown leafless stalks. Russian sage is a slow grower and does not spread, creating a woody structure of stems at the base of the plant. Warnings. Find help & information on Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage from the RHS Since it blooms on new wood, Russian sage is … Pruning is an important part of Russian sage maintenance. Russian sage's uses are many, with the plants frequently found anchoring both border and wildlife gardens. Russian Sage can be planted at any time during the growing season. 1 Planting Site. With its aromatic aroma, Russian sage is generally a deer-resistant plant. in spring. Obviously, winter in Russia is frigid and chilly – which is what attracts a number of individuals to Russia. The straight species grows 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide. Source(s): https://shorte.im/a0IV0. Although Russian sage works well planted in a flower bed with mixed flowers, the plant is especially well suited to a rock garden or an area with poor, dry soil. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. Fertilizer: Don’t bother. 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