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Planting Instructions for Perovskia (Russian sage):

Bloom Time:  Late summer Light:  Full sun to part sun
Soil:  Average to loamy, well-drained Moisture:  Average to dry, drought tolerant
Planting Depth:  At previous depth, then mulch lightly Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Upon arrival:  Unpack box and check that you have everything on your packing list. Bare root Perovskia should be dry in storage, so if condensation has formed on the inside of the bag, open and let it air out. Also note that Perovskia will look like twigs with orangish roots, but this is normal when they are dormant. Plant everything within a few days.

Soil/Location:  Plant your Russian sage in a hot, sunny spot in average to loamy, loose and airy, well-drained soil. Add compost or peat humus to enrich and loosen the soil if needed, but they are very adaptable to almost any soil conditions other than heavy clay or wet areas. Remember to keep the soil light and airy for perennials, so cover them with loose soil and don't pack it in after planting, and if needed build up above heavy soil rather than trying to plant into it.

Moisture:  Perovskia require little moisture, even after they are actively growing, and thrive on heat and drought.

Spacing:  18 to 24" or more

Depth:  Plant at the same depth they were previously growing. The root portions that were below the soil will have an orangish tint to them and stems that were above the soil will be slightly gray. Mulch lightly after planting for weed prevention.

General Instructions:  Amend your garden with compost or peat humus to enrich or loosen the soil, if needed, however Perovskia are very adaptable to any loose, well-draining soil, even a sandy, gravely loam. Mix a couple teaspoons of garden food or bone meal into the planting hole if desired. Plant the roots as listed above, then water in once lightly. They prefer a slightly dry start when they are dormant in spring and have no foliage, and be patient as they break dormancy late and will not sprout until the soil and weather have completely warmed up. Once they are actively growing it is alright to give them supplemental water once in a while, but they rarely need it and should never be wet.

Landscape Uses:  Russian sage is a very airy, graceful plant that will soften harsh colors and complement pink, yellow, and purple flowers. Use it as a backdrop to yarrows, phlox, Echinacea, balloon flower (Platycodon), blackberry lily (Belamcanda), Liatris, Sedum, Japanese anemones, and ornamental grasses. It is a mainstay in the hot, dry perennial garden and if it is happy it can get quite large. Some of the largest stands of Russian sage will be found in hot, dry conditions where the sun beats down from morning until night.

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