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Designer Plant Picks- Russian Sage

Garden designer Adam Woodruff highlights his favorite plants suitable for the home landscape.

This article was first published on the blog, Gardening Gone Wild, March 10, 2009.

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is one of my favorite plants. It is a staple in my design work.

I often use Perovskia in masses to create a rhythm in large scale planting beds. The plant’s upright nature lends to incorporating well with ornamental grasses. Additionally, its coloration is a perfect foil for hot and cool color combinations, or buffering the two extremes.

Perovskia grows 3 to 4 feet tall and requires full sun for best performance. Its grayish white stems are covered with leaves of the same color. Lavender flowers emerge in early June and continue to frost. It is thought, the reference to ‘sage’ in the common name comes from the aroma given off when the leaves are crushed. [read more]

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