1995 Perennial Plant of the Year!
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Russian Sage

1-Quart
Item # 47972
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Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Superba'

Thrives even in poor, dry soils
Soft late-season color and rich fragrance distinguish this handsome Russian Sage, which thrives even in dry soils. Lavender-blue blooms arise among silvery-green leaves that release a spicy-sweet aroma when crushed. Drought-tolerant, irresistible to butterflies, and unpalatable to deer, this sun-lover is free from pests and diseases, making a carefree perimeter planting or meadow selection.

Russian Sage reaches 3 to 4 feet high and 3 feet wide, a good size for cutting a ribbon of color through the sunny border or in a meadow. Ideal for xeriscapic gardens, it actually prefers that the soil dry out a bit between waterings. It also makes a fine rock garden subject, and is perfect in the baking-hot driveway area, as a sidewalk planting, and in urban tubs and planters.

The 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year, this Russian Sage remains a necessary component of any water-wise garden not to mention a favorite of gardeners in all climates. Zones 4-9.

Genus Perovskia
Species atriplicifolia
Variety 'Superba'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Season Late Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Mound-shaped
Plant Height 3 ft - 4 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Rose Companions
Bloom Color Blue, Lavender
Foliage Color Light Green, Silver/Gray
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Outdoor
Restrictions Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam, Virgin Islands
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Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Planting:

Set plants 2 to 3 feet apart in full sun. A well-drained soil is essential.


Maintenance:

Do not allow soil to dry out while plants are establishing themselves. In the North, prune in early spring, cutting back old stems to 12 to 18 inches, and, at the same time, thinning out any overcrowded shoots. In the South, little or no pruning is needed.


Zones:

Zones 5-9

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.