I planted these three years ago as tiny little one gallon sprouts and in their second winter, we had a terrible cold spell with temperatures at minus 25 degrees. They came through in fine shape and I didn't do anything to protect them from the cold. We are at 7000 feet altitude, with some intense sun, snowy winters, monsoons in summer and sometimes hurricane force winds. They seem to thrive in all of that. When they were young and tender that first summer, something was eating them and I had to surround them with a chicken wire cage, but when they matured enough to become woody, that stopped.
Russian sage grows about 4-5 feet high and blooms continuously all summer. The foliage is grey green and the blooms are vibrant purple. The bees love the blooms, so don't plant it close to where you like to sit or in high traffic areas where bees and humans would be more likely to come in contact. Mine is planted along the driveway to camouflage a not so attractive view of our foundation and a steep grassy slope. I could have planted them further apart, 5-7 feet, and they would still have filled in the space. Live and learn. I definitely recommend this plant for southwest gardeners.
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