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Re: Re: Re: [Russian Sage-Wendy

Hello, Fran, 

I have a LOT of Russian Sage, and I've found that I can't persuade it to
do more than "creep" in anything resembling shade. I've coaxed other
plants that want full sun into tolerating a bit of shade (some roses,
for example, and those veronicas I mentioned), but R. Sage just won't

I'm glad you left Pam's message attached to your post, 'cause I didn't
get it! My current means of getting my e-mail off the web is hinky at
best. I bet what Pam said about her R. Sage not spreading because it is
part of a xeriscape is right on target. Here in SW OH, we have very hot,
humid summers, but only a week or two of August drought. Also, in order
to garden on my stripped and compacted suburban lot, it's been necessary
for me to build all my beds from scratch, so the soil is pretty
healthy--healthier than R. Sage needs. My drifts began creeping into the
lawn by the time they'd been in place 2 years. (During the learning
process, I killed my first two plantings of R. Sage with poor soil!
Where's the happy middle ground here!?)


-------Original Message-------
From: fm4re <fm4re@swbell.net>
Sent: 08/09/03 09:56 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: [Russian Sage-Wendy

> Okay!  seems I'm really chatty today!  But, I just planted 4 Russian sages
this spring - they were about 4 inches tall.  I think that I lost one and
the others aren't doing so well.  Maybe it's the bed - too much shade
throughout the day and too nice soil (it's a new bed this spring).  Maybe
it's the saying about perennials - something to the effect about sleeping
and creeping - I forget it exactly.  I kinda pay attention to Pam's
successes since she is in more similar terrain for me.  BUT, I have so
shade and partial shade for such heat!!!  Fran, OKC

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