Barry Fugatt: Russian sage a tricky, wonderful perennial | Home & Backyard







Russian Sage is a attractive perennial that grows about 4 toes tall and broad. In late summer time, the gray stems of this botanical Cossack appear to explode overnight with tiny lavender bouquets.




I’m not a large admirer of all points Russian. I really do not like vodka, borscht or caviar, and I the moment hurt myself attempting — under the affect of vodka — that unattainable Russian Cossack dance where by just one squats and fast extends initial 1 leg and then the other. Entire body parts snapped that I barely understood existed. A gradual Cajun two-phase is additional my style.

Possibly I’m portray with much too broad a brush, even so. Russians strike me as helpful, generous and hardworking people. And I admire their toughness. Russian winters demand it.

And it’s really worth noting, plant enthusiasts, that the Russian motherland is dwelling to quite a few interesting plant species. I dearly really like Perovskia, aka Russian Sage. It’s a lovely perennial, grows about 4 feet tall and wide, and covers its extensive, sleek stems with modest, grayish foliage. Its foliage boldly stands out in the backyard garden. In late summer months, the grey stems of this botanical Cossack appear to explode right away with tiny lavender flowers. Crush them and a sturdy scent of sage is released.

Perovskia is a very seriously tough and handsome perennial. To survive the severe surroundings of its indigenous assortment, the Ural Mountains of southern Russia and parts of Afghanistan and Tibet, it has, over eons of time, acquired the structure of a yak. Therefore, Oklahoma weather is no offer-breaker for this late summer flowering perennial.

Plant Perovskia in the most popular, sunniest portion of the backyard. Early tumble is an outstanding time to plant it. And to protect against it from becoming leggy and sprawling, minimize it back again to the floor every spring ahead of new expansion commences. In mid-May possibly, I prune new growth again by a person-half. This makes a lot more stems and doubles the range of bouquets afterwards in the summertime. Soggy, badly drained soil is about the only situation this Russian attractiveness cannot tolerate.