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'Sage Advice' Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

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'Sage Advice' Russian Sage

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"Sage Advice" Russian Sage, scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a remarkably resilient and beautiful perennial that thrives under the full embrace of the sun. This award-winning plant is celebrated for its rich lavender purple flowers, which stand proudly on strong, upright stems, adding a vibrant splash of color to any garden setting. With a garden height of 32 to 36 inches and a spread of 28 to 32 inches, it paints a lush, medium-sized footprint in the landscape, suitable for borders, containers, or as a stunning mass planting.

Adapted to thrive in zones 4 through 9, "Sage Advice" demonstrates a remarkable hardiness across a wide range of climates, particularly excelling in hot, dry areas. Its foliage, a minty green hue, provides a beautiful contrast to the lavender purple flowers, enhancing the plant's visual appeal throughout its bloom time from mid-summer to early fall. Not only is it drought and salt tolerant, making it a low-maintenance choice for gardeners, but it also resists deer, ensuring its beauty remains unspoiled.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, "Sage Advice" Russian Sage offers ecological benefits by attracting hummingbirds, adding movement and life to the garden. It is an easy-care plant that requires minimal maintenance, thriving in full sun and well-drained soil conditions. Whether planted in acidic, alkaline, or neutral soils, it demonstrates robust growth, requiring only early spring pruning to remove old foliage. This versatile plant can be used as a cut or dried flower, further extending its utility beyond the garden to home decor. With its long blooming period and tolerance for poor soil conditions, "Sage Advice" Russian Sage is a splendid addition to landscapes seeking a touch of resilience and color.

Plant Attributes

The 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage, scientifically known as Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a stellar addition to any garden, especially those in hot, dry regions. This perennial plant is celebrated for its rich lavender purple flowers that bloom prolifically atop strong, upright stems, creating a visually stunning display. The flowers' vibrant color endures throughout its long blooming season, spanning from mid-summer to early fall, offering a prolonged period of beauty.

Reaching a moderate height of 32 to 36 inches (81cm to 91cm) with a similar spread of 28 to 32 inches (71cm to 81cm), this plant has a robust, upright habit that makes it an excellent choice for both garden beds and containers. The foliage of 'Sage Advice' is equally attractive, featuring minty green leaves that provide a striking contrast to the lavender purple blooms.

Adaptability is a key trait of this plant, as it thrives in full sun and can handle a variety of soil types, from poor to average well-drained soils, and is tolerant of acidic, alkaline, or neutral pH levels. Its easy maintenance and drought tolerance make it an ideal choice for gardeners looking for long-lasting color with minimal fuss.

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage is practical in the garden. It is drought and salt tolerant, requires no deadheading, and is resistant to deer, ensuring its beauty remains unmarred by common garden pests. Additionally, it attracts hummingbirds, adding another layer of garden interaction and wildlife appeal.

Whether used as a border plant, in mass plantings, or as a striking container thriller, 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage is an award-winning variety that promises to enrich your garden with its enduring beauty and resilience.

Landscape Use

The 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) offers a wide range of landscaping uses, making it a versatile choice for various garden designs and purposes. Here are some of its key landscaping applications:

  • Border Planting: Its upright growth habit and attractive lavender-purple flowers make it an excellent choice for garden borders, where it can provide structure and color throughout the blooming season.
  • Container Gardening: Though it thrives in open gardens, 'Sage Advice' can also be grown in large containers where its striking foliage and flowers can add height and interest to patios, balconies, or entranceways.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The long, sturdy stems and beautiful flowers of 'Sage Advice' are perfect for cutting and using in fresh floral arrangements, adding both color and a delightful fragrance to indoor spaces.
  • Dried Flower Arrangements: Beyond its fresh beauty, the flowers of 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage dry exceptionally well, retaining much of their color and form, which makes them ideal for dried flower arrangements and crafts.
  • Landscape Accent: With its medium height and spread, this plant serves as a beautiful landscape accent, suitable for planting alongside walkways, driveways, or as a focal point in a sunny garden spot.
  • Mass Planting: For a dramatic effect, 'Sage Advice' can be mass planted to create a sea of lavender-purple that sways beautifully in the breeze, offering a low-maintenance solution for large areas.
  • Xeriscaping and Drought-Resistant Gardens: Given its drought tolerance, 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage is a perfect candidate for xeriscaping projects or gardens designed to minimize water use while still providing color and vibrancy.
  • Wildlife Garden: Attracting hummingbirds and being deer resistant, it's an excellent choice for gardens designed to welcome wildlife while deterring pests.
  • Coastal Exposure: Its tolerance to salt makes it suitable for gardens in coastal areas where other plants might struggle.

Through these varied uses, 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage proves to be a multifaceted plant that can meet the needs of different garden styles and functions, from aesthetic enhancements to practical applications in wildlife and drought-resistant gardening.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is relatively straightforward, making it a rewarding choice for gardeners of all levels. Here’s how to ensure your Russian Sage thrives:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow roots to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a spot with full sun exposure, as 'Sage Advice' requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive.
  • Soil: Well-drained soil is crucial. Russian Sage is adaptable to various soil types, including poor soils, but it does not tolerate wet feet. If your soil is heavy clay, amend it with compost or sand to improve drainage.
  • Spacing: Space plants about 28-32 inches (71-81 cm) apart to allow for mature growth and air circulation, which is vital for preventing disease.


  • Initial Care: Water newly planted 'Sage Advice' regularly to keep the soil evenly moist until they are well-established.
  • Ongoing Care: Once established, 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage is drought tolerant. Water occasionally, more frequently in extreme heat or if planted in containers.


  • Pruning: In early spring, as new growth begins to appear, prune back the plant to about 6 inches (15 cm) from the ground. This encourages a bushier growth and more flowers.
  • Fertilization: Russian Sage typically does not require fertilization if planted in average to poor soil. Over-fertilizing can lead to leggy growth and fewer blooms.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keep root temperatures stable.

Pest and Disease Management:

  • Pests: Generally, 'Sage Advice' is resistant to pests, but keep an eye out for common garden pests that might occasionally bother the plant.
  • Diseases: Good air circulation and well-drained soil are crucial for preventing fungal diseases. Avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of leaf spots and other moisture-related diseases.

Winter Care:

  • Hardiness Zones: 'Sage Advice' is hardy in zones 4-9. In the coldest areas, a layer of mulch can help protect the roots over winter.
  • Winter Interest: The stems of Russian Sage can add interest to the winter garden, but it's a good idea to cut them back in early spring to make way for new growth.

By following these planting and care tips, your 'Sage Advice' Russian Sage will become a resilient and dazzling part of your garden, attracting hummingbirds and providing beautiful blooms from mid-summer through early fall.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; requires well-drained soil but is drought tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: pe-ROV-ski-a at-rip-li-FO-li-a
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous perennial, losing its foliage in winter and returning in spring.
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows to a height of 32-36 inches (81cm-91cm) and spreads 28-32 inches (71cm-81cm).
  • Special features: Border Plant, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Landscape, Mass Planting, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, drought and salt tolerant.
  • Dramatic Foliage: Minty green leaves provide a beautiful backdrop to the lavender purple flowers.
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Blooms: Mid Summer to Early Fall
  • Flower color: Lavender purple
  • Flower attributes: Long Blooming, Deadheading Not Necessary
  • Garden style: Ideal for cottage and wildlife gardens, as well as modern and Mediterranean landscapes.
  • Design Ideas: Perfect for adding height and color to borders, as a focal point in container arrangements, or mass planted for a stunning landscape effect. Its drought tolerance makes it suitable for xeric gardens or as a low-maintenance feature in sunny spots.
  • Companion Plants: Consider pairing with other drought-tolerant plants that enjoy full sun, such as Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower), and Lavandula (Lavender) for a garden that thrives with minimal care while offering a variety of textures and colors.

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