Must Know Plant Care Tips: Provide a very dry location for Russian sage. You may see your plants sprawl if you grow them in shady locations. You should plant new Russian sage in early spring, leaving 2 to 3 feet of space between each plant. Water them occasionally until well established. You can apply mulch if you like, but gravel is a better choice than organic mulches, since gravel will allow moisture to evaporate more quickly. About every other year, scatter some fertilizer or compost around each plant. Do this in late fall. Russian sage can be cut back to a foot above the ground in the fall. However, you can also let the seed pods and stems stick around through the winter for garden interest.
Plant Problem Solver: In the spring when new growth appears, cut older stems back to just above the lowest leaves. If you see sprawling in summer, cut back the top 1/3 of the stems to encourage more upright growing. If your plant ceases to bloom in summer, cut the stems back by half to encourage fresh growth and new flowers. Russian sage is deer resistant and attracts birds.
Pretty Pairings: Common companion plants for Russian sage include ornamental grasses, purple coneflower, moonbeam coreopsis, English lavender, and black-eyed Susan.