Easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Tendency to flop is greatly increased by growing this plant in anything less than full sun. Drought tolerant. Cut back plants almost to the ground in early spring before new growth begins.
Russian sage typically grows 2-4' (less frequently to 5') tall and features aromatic (when crushed), gray-green leaves on stiff, upright, stems with light blue flowers (12-15" high). Long summer bloom period. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1995).
No serious insect or disease problems. Plants tend to sprawl or flop over as the summer progresses.
Provides long summer bloom for the perennial border. Contrasts well with both pink (e.g., phlox or roses) and yellow (e.g., rudbeckia) perennials.