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The Parking Lot Plant – Russian Sage Perovskia

Tough as nails Perovskia thrives in a parking lot!

Sans the trees, you got to love this planting of Russian Sage or Perovskia in the middle of a parking lot located at a nursery in Oregon.  Parking lots are not just for vehicles.  If this parking lot was full & you forgot where you parked you car, wouldn’t a beautiful landmark help lead you in the direction of your cars whereabouts?

The amazing thing is how tough Russian Sage Perovskia is.  Russian Sage is native to  the mountains of Pakistan & Afghanistan, so it is  both cold & drought tolerant.

In the heat of the parking lot Russian Sage is thriving with little or no water & looking terrific.  This no-wilt plant loves heat!  Not a lot of other perennials look that colorful, bloom long, and stand up to such rigorous conditions.  Since the stems & leaves give off a pungent scent when crushed, wouldn’t it be great if  a car drove over a few stems to the benefit of the passerby? Hey, you just got to make parking lots more interesting!

If it does this well in a parking lot, can you image how well it would do in a water-less (drought-proof) garden?

One Response to “The Parking Lot Plant – Russian Sage Perovskia”

  • It does like good drainage, though. I have clay soil and it never lasts more than a year or two for me. It rots out during mud season, I think. I loved the color and the fragrance of the foliage, but I don’t like to baby plants so I resigned myself to enjoying it in other people’s gardens. And in parking lots.

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