A strong herb sage survives the Northern California environment that is gentle with light-protection and appropriate drop treatment against winter chill. The bluish-lavender blooms can be found in attracting honey bees and butterflies to the backyard. In cold temperatures, the silvery stems and upright form, extending to heights of three to five feet at maturity of the plant, provides interest to the house landscape. Although sage is effective planted with flowers in a flowerbed, the plant is particularly suitable to an area or a rock garden with poor soil.
As moist soil safeguards the roots in climate, water Russian sage seriously in autumn.
Spread 2 to 3″ of mulch evenly around the Russian sage crops. Mulch helps prevent moisture loss and maintains a level soil temperature. Use an organic mulch like pine needles or shredded bark.
Allow invested Russian sage crops to stay in tact in autumn, plus it’s going to add interest. More importantly, large pruning stimulates growth, making the plant more vulnerable to winter injury. Should you not like the look of the unpruned sage, tidy-up the crops with a mild pruning, but do not slice the the sage until spring to the floor.