The Gardener's Minute
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It adapts to many kinds of climates and
has great tolerance to cold. Here in the arid west, Russian Sage starts
blooming mid to late spring; in colder areas it may not bloom until the
heat of summer arrives. We cut our flowers back once or twice each
season and within no time we have a new stand of gorgeous color.
In our zone 8 climate, Russian Sage becomes dormant in
winter, losing all its leaves, and resprouting on the old wood again the
spring. In colder areas, it may die back all the way to the ground.
Flowers may be pruned any time, but it is best to wait and see what resprouts in the spring before pruning branches.
Russian Sage makes a nice companion plant for lavender. It continues to
bloom after lavender is finished, giving our gardens the lavender hue well
into fall. Try planting it with Chocolate Scented
Daisies. The yellow of the daisies is a striking complement to the
vivid purple flowers of the Russian Sage.