What is that ethereal cloud of blue that you see in some gardens at this time of year? Good chance it is russian sage. This alluring perennial has sturdy white stems with grey-green felted foliage that erupts into sprays of blue-mauve. The clusters of bloom create a billowy blue haze that sways with the breeze, making a peaceful background for other hot blooms. Each wee fuzzy blossom contributes to the graceful effect. The detailed leaves are fragrant, a refreshing minty-sage. When it is time to arrange winter bouquets, these stems will have dried to silvery grey making bright and fragrant accents.
Technical stuff – Russian sage/perovskia, hardy perennial to Zone 5 (or Zone 4 depending on site), height and spread of 36”-48”, wants full sun and well-drained soil, blooms August into September.