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'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

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'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage

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The 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage, known scientifically as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a standout perennial that brings a splash of vibrant sky-blue flowers atop amethyst calyxes to the garden. This plant, celebrated for its lacy-like appearance and bright colors, thrives in hot, dry areas, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking to add long-lasting beauty with minimal maintenance. As an award winner and top seller, 'Denim 'n Lace' offers not only aesthetic appeal with its fragrant flowers and foliage but also practical benefits, including drought and salt tolerance.

This hardy plant attracts hummingbirds while resisting deer, making it a lively and resilient addition to any landscape. It can reach a height of 28 to 32 inches and spread 34 to 38 inches, with an upright habit that stands out in the garden. Whether used as a border plant, for cut flowers, in mass plantings, or simply to enhance the landscape, 'Denim 'n Lace' is versatile. Its flowering season extends from mid-summer to mid-fall, providing a prolonged display of its stunning blue and purple flowers against green foliage.

Plant Attributes

The 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage, scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a medium-height perennial that boasts a plethora of attributes making it a cherished addition to any garden. It achieves a garden height of 28 to 32 inches (approximately 71 to 81 cm) and spreads out to 34 to 38 inches (about 86 to 97 cm), creating a substantial presence. The plant flourishes under full sun exposure, requiring at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to thrive, while also tolerating partial sun conditions. Its bloom time extends from mid-summer through to mid-fall, ensuring a garden filled with color for a significant part of the year.

The 'Denim 'n Lace' is distinguished by its striking sky blue flowers, which sit elegantly atop amethyst calyxes, and its green foliage that together create a visually captivating display. This plant is recognized for its upright habit, which makes it an excellent thriller in container compositions or a standout feature in garden beds and borders.

In terms of maintenance, it is considered easy to care for, requiring average watering to maintain its beauty and health, while also being adaptable to a wide range of soil fertility levels—from poor to fertile. Additionally, it is versatile enough to grow in acidic, alkaline, or neutral soil pH, ensuring its adaptability to various garden conditions. Its resilience to drought and salt makes it an ideal choice for gardeners in challenging growing environments. Furthermore, 'Denim 'n Lace' attracts hummingbirds with its fragrant flowers and foliage, adding an extra layer of life to the garden, while its deer-resistant nature ensures its beauty remains unmarred by local wildlife.

Landscape Use

The 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is a versatile and attractive perennial that offers numerous landscaping uses due to its vibrant colors, long blooming period, and easy-care nature. Here are some specific ways to incorporate this plant into various garden designs and settings:

  • Mixed Borders: Its upright habit and striking blue and purple flowers make it an excellent choice for adding height and color to mixed borders. It pairs beautifully with other perennials and shrubs, creating a layered look.
  • Mass Plantings: Planting 'Denim 'n Lace' in large groups can create a visually impactful display of its sky-blue flowers, especially effective in xeriscape or drought-tolerant gardens.
  • Pollinator Gardens: The fragrant flowers attract hummingbirds and other pollinators, making it a beneficial addition to gardens designed to support wildlife.
  • Cottage Gardens: With its informal look and fragrant foliage, it fits perfectly into cottage garden designs, contributing to a relaxed and charming garden atmosphere.
  • Rock Gardens: Its drought tolerance and ability to thrive in well-drained soils make it suitable for rock gardens, where it can add color and interest amongst the stones.
  • Coastal Gardens: Salt tolerance makes 'Denim 'n Lace' a good choice for coastal areas, where it can withstand the challenging conditions while adding beauty to the landscape.
  • Containers: While it thrives in the ground, 'Denim 'n Lace' can also be grown in large containers, where its upright growth and long-lasting blooms add vertical interest to patios, balconies, and terraces.
  • Erosion Control: Its ability to establish quickly and form dense clumps can help stabilize soil in areas prone to erosion, making it both a practical and attractive solution.
  • Architectural Settings: Its structured form and vibrant color make it a good complement to contemporary garden designs, adding a pop of color against modern architecture and hardscaping materials.

Overall, 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage is a versatile plant that can be used in a wide variety of garden styles and settings, offering both aesthetic and ecological benefits.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) involves several key steps to ensure it thrives in your garden, providing a long-lasting display of vibrant blooms and fragrant foliage. Here is a comprehensive guide to planting and caring for this hardy perennial:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant 'Denim 'n Lace' in the spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before extreme weather conditions.
  • Location: Choose a location that receives full sun, as this plant thrives in areas with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.
  • Soil: Ensure the planting site has well-drained soil. 'Denim 'n Lace' can tolerate a range of soil types, including poor soils, but it does not do well in wet or waterlogged conditions.
  • Spacing: Space plants about 34 to 38 inches (86 to 97 cm) apart to allow for their mature spread and ensure good air circulation.
  • Planting Depth: Plant at the same depth as the container they were grown in. Avoid burying the stem deeper than it was in the pot to prevent rot.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly after planting to establish roots. Once established, 'Denim 'n Lace' is drought tolerant and requires only occasional watering, with more frequent watering needed in extreme heat or if planted in containers.
  • Fertilizing: This plant typically does not require fertilization if planted in moderately fertile soil. If growth seems sluggish or foliage color appears faded, a light application of a balanced, all-purpose garden fertilizer in early spring can promote healthier growth.
  • Pruning: Prune in early spring by cutting back the previous year's growth to about 6 inches (15 cm) from the ground. This encourages fresh, vigorous growth and maintains a tidy appearance.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain a consistent soil temperature.
  • Winter Care: 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage is hardy in zones 4 through 9 and typically does not require winter protection in these zones. In the northern edge of its range, a light mulch can help protect the roots during winter.
  • Pest and Disease Management: Generally, 'Denim 'n Lace' is resistant to pests and diseases. However, good air circulation and avoiding wet soil conditions can prevent fungal diseases.

Following these planting and care instructions will help ensure your 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian Sage becomes a vibrant and resilient addition to your garden, offering beauty and interest from mid-summer into fall.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; requires good drainage. More frequent watering may be needed in extreme heat or when planted in containers.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: peh-ROV-skee-uh at-rip-lih-FOH-lee-uh
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) and a spread of 34-38 inches (86-97 cm).
  • Special features: Award Winner, Best Seller, Drought Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, Attracts Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Flower, Fragrant Foliage
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid Summer to Mid Fall
  • Flower color: Blue, Purple
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Long Blooming
  • Garden style: Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating a vibrant border or as part of a mass planting for a dramatic effect in dry, sunny areas. Its upright habit and colorful blooms make it a focal point in any garden. Combine with drought-tolerant plants like sedums or lavenders for a low-maintenance, high-impact display. Perfect for adding texture and color to rock gardens or coastal landscapes.
  • Companion Plants: Lavender, Sedum, Echinacea, Salvia, Yarrow

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