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Is it difficult to grow petrovska (?) or Russian sage? I have bought a couple of plants which are really struggling here on neutral ph wealden clay.



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Prefers free draining soil so I suspect it is the clay that is the problem. dig in lots of grit/sand/humus to aid the drainage.
They flower in the late summer ealy autumn.

11 May, 2022


Thanks again SBG, I'm off to buy some grit.

12 May, 2022


Pennyfarthing, I also find them difficult. In the ground they grew straggly. Not a bit like the bushes i see on council plantings. My garden is clay under the compost too, SBG 's answer makes sense to me too.
Now I've put one in a pot with lots of grit and hoping it will do better.
The foliage is such a subtle colour shade of bluey/green/grey and that's what attracts me.

12 May, 2022


Agree Merlin, love the colours. Would really love to have a few wafting through the border, but maybe pots are the answer.

13 May, 2022

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