Little Spire Russian Sage is the common name of Perovskia atriplicifolia. It belongs to mint family as woody-based perennial plant. The typical height of this vegetation is less than 5’ with average growth of 2-4’. You can easily identify it by the small, light lavender blue, tubular, and double-lipped flowers tied to the terminal and branched panicles with the height of 12-15”. Meanwhile the leaves are green-colored with upright, stiff, and rectangle stems. When crushed, these leaves secrete aromatic scent.
The Russian Sage blooms in late summer, which is the best period to enjoy this plant. Compared to other varieties in its family, it is relatively smaller so it’s highly suitable to put in tinier garden areas. Little Spire Russian Sage plant thrives and flowering best under full sun, with various soil circumstances whether it is dry, medium, to well-drained soils. However, it will need sharp soil drainage and plenty room to grow. If the plants grow partly under the shade, there is a high chance the stems will flop. If you want to achieve the best looks possible, it is necessary to cut it down annually, almost to the ground level, during later winter to early spring before new growth emerges. Here are the best landscaping options of planting Little Spire Russian Sage:
- Mass Planting: planting in typically coherent and indefinite shape with considerable size. It is usually established by putting several pots contain one type or several types of plants that have similar color, density, and texture.
- Border Edging: this landscaping technique is meant to provide border between different garden features, between two properties in different ownership, or to separate the garden space from sidewalk space.
- Container Planting: also known as pot gardening, it’s the growing plants inside containers inside on the ground. It is most ideal to apply in space with tiny or zero space for garden.
For garden plants, this variety is definitely a fine choice – even if you plan to opt for containers or pots gardening. It has habit of growing upright, so you can use it as the ‘thriller’ part in the combination of ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ containers. If you use pot, make sure to plant in the center and surround it by other plants in smaller size and most likely to spill spread the edges. One more thing to remember when planting Little Spire Russian Sage in baskets or containers, it might require watering more often than the ones planted in garden or yard.