RUSSIAN SAGE

Salvia yangii

Russian Sage, salvia yangii is easy to grow and cold hardy to USDA zones 5 to 9. It grows best in warm climates and tolerates clay or average soils, as long as the drainage is good, but they need full sun to produce lots of flowers and sturdy stems that won’t flop over as they grow taller. Russian sage likes sun and heat. When planting consider two things this beauty doesn’t like: high humidity and soil that stays soggy in winter. Choose a planting spot with well-drained average soil or alkaline, dry soil. It adapts well to either soil type but can’t stand wet feet.

Russian Sage can be used in the middle or back of the border or cottage garden or in many other places in the landscape. It combines well with ornamental grasses and white or yellow-flowered perennials, especially white phlox, Rudbeckia (blackeyed Susan) and coreopsis. Other possible combinations include red-leaved barberry or dark green foliage plants for contrast, or blending with other silver-leaved plants. The silvery foliage and open architecture add an almost-Mediterranean feel to the landscape. It can also be useful as a filler plant or for separating stronger colors. Use it as a specimen in small areas, in mass to intensify its presence in large spaces, or in a long, wide row as a divider hedge.

SPECS: Genus: Salvia ; Species: Yangii; Plant Type: Shrub; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Dry, Well Drained; Height: 3′ — 5′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 4′; Bloom Time: July — October; Bloom Color: Blue, Lavender; Advantages: Erosion control, Fragrant, Low maintenance, Pollinator conservation; USDA Zone: 5 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Small black bees; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought, Dry soils, Rabbits, Rocky soil, Shade; Plant Community: Companion Plants: Because of the wispy nature of Russian Sage, it looks fab when planted with a flower that can pick up the violet-blue of its many flower panicles, and 'grow through it, such as Coneflower (Echinacea spp.), globe thistle (Echinops ritro) or tall verbena (Verbena bonariensis).;