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Container Grown Russian Sage: How To Grow Russian Sage In A Pot

By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

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. Sound good? Click this article to learn more about container-grown Russian sage.

Russian Sage Care: Tips For Growing Russian Sage Plant

By Jackie Carroll

Admired for its silvery gray, fragrant foliage as much as its lavender-purple flowers, Russian sage makes a bold statement in the garden. Learn how to grow and care for Russian sage in this article.

How to Grow Russian Sage

When it comes to bloom time, texture, and drought resistance in the ornamental garden, Russian sage is a top-notch performer. Its long clusters of lavender blooms have been known to last up to fifteen weeks in some gardens, and ten weeks is easily achieved with this aromatic woody perennial that starts blooming with the heat of mid-summer.

Russian Sage is a tall plant with an airy, texturally-rich habit, and pairs beautifully with perennials that can match its height and pull out its color, such as coneflowers or tall verbena. It’s a pollinator-magnet and a perfect plant for those areas of poorer soil in your garden. Just make sure that soil is well-drained, Russian sage doesn’t like wet feet during any season!

Caring for Russian Sage Plants

The biggest maintenance requirement of Russian sage is pruning. The flowers form on new wood -- branches that grew during the current season. In warmer regions, deadheading may result in a second flush of bloom. Otherwise, leave the flower heads for winter interest.

Gardeners in all climates should prune Russian sage plants back to about 6-8 inches in the spring. Do this just as the lower leaf buds are beginning to open, but before new growth fully starts.

Many varieties of Russian sage have a somewhat weeping habit. If you want a more upright plant either choose a variety bred to grow upright. like "Logi", or use something like pea brush to keep the weeping side from flopping.

Once established, the plants can start to spread by runners (it is in the mint family). They can become quite aggressive if you don't remove the new plants, roots and all, fairly soon. These offshoots do not transplant easily

It is recommended you divide plants every 4 - 6 years to rejuvenate them and to cut back on their ability to spread. Older plants do not divide well.

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Russian Sage Care Tips

Basic Care

The Russian sage is a Drought tolerant sub-shrub. This renders it low maintenance and for those who are in favour of xeriscaping their gardens this is a perfect candidate. The Russian sage has a long bloom period and that is a highly desirable characteristic for those who seek their flower beds to bloom for long periods.

The Russian sage with its minimal water care actually thrives in dry soil. Too much watering can actually damage this plant, once established.

Every other year around fall season a shovelful of fertilizer (general-purpose) or compost should be scattered around the plant to maintain proper plant health.

The plant can grow to sub-shrub proportions or can be pruned regularly and cut and shaped to be treated like a flower. It is up to you on how you like your Russian sage to look.

Be sure to sniff out spent flowers to produce a second batch of fresh flowers and increase the attractive appearance.

Pruning Russian Sage

The ideal time as to when to prune the sage depends on how you want to use the plant. Depending on your strategy of using it as a flower or a sub-shrub you should prune around early spring or mid-September, the extent of the pruning depending on your choice.

The trimming strategies are twofold. The first one involves pruning down to a few inches above the ground in early springtime. The other approach is to wait until the plant stems start to fill up around mid-spring and thus identify dead stems and cutting them off.

Then you make the decision of how tall you want the plant to be. The taller the plant you start off with in spring the taller it will be in winter. The branches are much better looking in winter so people prefer spring to be the ideal trimming time.

Be sure to clip the damaged stems back into the ground. This will encourage growth of healthier shoots from the base of the plant. During the growing season, keep pruning dead stems to make the plant look at its aesthetic best.

The following video will guide you towards how to prune Russian sage in Spring: this will give you a comprehensive overview of what precautions to take and the steps to follow, be sure to click on the link below and listen carefully to the tutorial.

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