Guaranteed success in a sunny rockery
Perovskia is a genus native to dry, rocky regions in the Himalayas and Afghanistan. A member of the Lamiaceae family it is close to the Salvia family with its small, two-lipped tubular flowers - hence its common name of Russian sage.
It's a good choice in the garden as it can adapt to dry conditions and flowers in the height of summer when sage, lavender and cistus have already finished flowering and the late summer and autumn varieties have hardly started.
Perovskia 'Little Spire' is a Dutch cultivar with a characteristically compact, upright habit, beautiful pinnatifid silver leaves and a multitude of small dark violet flowers. All this makes it an ideal choice for an ornamental garden.
We prefer to plant it in mass to enhance the visual impact in a sunny border, or in troughs or rockeries combined with other water-retaining varieties which happily grow on gravel: Salvia, Lavandula, Eryngium, Echinops, Convolvulus, Rosmarinus, Sedum, Nepeta mussini, Calamintha nepeta 'Blue Cloud'...
As an experiment try mixing it with the sublime Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll' or the incredible Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens' . Two easy-to-grow annuals which may also naturalise.
Perovskia are deciduous subshrubs with a woody stock and need pruning every year. It's best to do this fairly late, i.e in mid-April just before the spring-flowering bulbs come up, because it's great to plant tulips, daffodils, muscari and crocus among the perovskia!
Grow in full sun in ordinary soil, which can be poor and dry, but well drained in winter. Slightly acidic to alkaline soil. Hardiness: -15°C
Common name: Russian sage
- 9,5cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 60 cm
- Flower colour: blue
- Flowering period: summer flowers
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