Russian Sage

Asked October 7, 2019, 2:44 PM EDT

I planted Russian Sage in a perfect location and it is beautiful! I want to keep it alive through the winter and I understand it is a zone 5 plant. What do you suggest?

Hennepin County Minnesota

1 Response

Thanks for the question.

Sage is a wonderful herb, especially with which to make tea. It is also a great bee magnet! Over the years I have attempted to over winter Russian Sage in my gardens. My growing zone is 4b. I have had some success in getting them through two or sometimes even three of our northern Minnesota winters, but they never really survive beyond that time frame. Depending upon where you are in Hennepin County, your growing zone is either 4b or 5a. This means that survival of your sage through the impending winter is going to be problematic. If you want to try over wintering your sage, just be sure it is well watered this fall and cover it with a bunch of mulched leaves within the next two weeks or so. Here are some publications dealing with these and other points:

https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-russian-sage-1402795

https://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/flowers-and-plants/pruning-russian-sage

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/russian-sage-flowers/russian-sage-care.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZQssChNHsk

Good Luck!!