Perovskia- Russian Sage

Semi-shrub, usually classified among hardy perennials; its most striking feature is its grey appearance.

Situation:

Excellent in borders in the subtle combination of pink – violet – lilac – blue – grey. The plants require full sun; they are quite winter-hardy, but older specimens are difficult to transplant.

Soil:

Fairly dry, porous chalky soil is desirable; it should not be too liberally manured.

Propagation:

From seed or from cuttings taken in the autumn and rooted under glass.

Perovskia atriplicifolia: Height 120-150 cm; violet-blue flowers arranged in spikes in late summer to early autumn. The stiffly erect growing shoots are grey, the leaves grey green and fragrant. This species has been crossed with another – the hybrid ‘Blue Haze’ illustrated is an example of the result.

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