How to Grow Russian Sage (Perovskia "Blue Spire")

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Russian sage is a very versatile plant that can handle a little bit of frost and an occasional heavy freeze. Grow Russian sage to achieve a soft green color and purple flowers with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening tips. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about Russian Sage. It's a great plant for your garden from Asia. So Perovskia or Russian Sage is native to Western Asia even into the Himalayas. So it's a very versatile plant that can survive in zones five to nine. So it can handle a little bit of frost or even some heavy freezes and some conditions that they're multural well. And the plant itself as like other sages, they have a soft green color which is really pretty and they have gorgeous purple flowers in the summer. And this particular plant is a Perovskia Atriplicifolia or Russian Sage and as a perennial will come back year after year and is very hardy even to zones five. And so, the gray green leaves form an upright bush and they look just like a bush and it fragrant when you rub them. So they have light blue flowers and they bloom July through September and they're great cut flower and they can grow up to four feet tall. So Perovskia really like full hot sun and good drainage. They do not like to be really wet in the winter because the Himalayas are actually little bit drier on the winter than example on the Pacific Northwest, west, they cascades as much weather. So make sure that you give them a lots of good drainage and full hot sun because they will rot out easily if they get too wet. But they are great perennial that comes back for years and years.