Sounding like something from Tolstoy, this appropriately charming perennial is named after the Russian count who first introduced it to European gardens. Because of this, its common name is Russian Sage, but perovskias are actually indigenous to Afghanistan and the Himalayas. This new variety, Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue, is particularly useful in smaller gardens or courtyard planting for one excellent reason: it is admirably compact in form.
From July until the end of the summer, tiny, violet-blue, tubular flowers appear on silver-grey spikes and form a visual blue haze above deeply divided grey-green leaves. P. Lacey Blue is also an extremely tolerant perennial and will thrive in poor soil and near drought conditions. So, plant in swathes in a sunny border, underplanting with spring bulbs to make the most of the space.
One last thing: not only do the leaves have a lovely fragrance if crushed, but the flowers are highly appealing to British pollinators.
Pot Size: 2L
Common Name: Russian Sage
Height and Spread: 50cm x 50cm
Preferred Soil Type: Well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil
Position: Full sun
Flowering Period: July – end of August