Russian Sage, do I want it ?

Asked September 9, 2019, 11:20 AM EDT

Someone is giving away russian sage plants in Loveland. Is that something I want to plant ?

I have a front and backyard I am getting ready to relandscape.

Larimer County Colorado

1 Response

Hi ! Russian sage (Perovskia sp.) is a lovely fairly xeric plant, blooming in the late summer / early fall timeframe, adding color to the garden at a time when many other plants have stopped blooming. It has lavender purple spiky blossoms and grayish-green ferny foliage, which has a pungent scent. The pollinators love it, so it certainly has its place in the landscape. That being said, you might want to place it in an area where it won't be a bother if it "runs" a bit. It can spread when it is happy and might spread a bit more than you would like it to. Make sure you place it where it can get good drainage (on a berm, for example) and full sun.