Day 215: Russian sage

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Blue Spire’) is owning its space in the garden just now. A plant that lurks – not unattractively – for much of the year, tall white stems with pale green, sage-scented leaves, bursting into life at some point in July and coming to the fore just as the lavender begins to fade, a vivid, violet-blue blur alive with bees and butterflies. It will hold on to its flowers through what’s left of summer now, its pale skeletons surviving into winter giving structure to herb beds and the drier parts of the garden in which it flourishes.

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