Very appreciated by the sea, this shrub has a beautiful summer bloom, appreciated by bees.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Perovskia artplicifolia
Family : Lamiaceae
Height: 0.7 to 1.5 m
Exposure : Sun
Ground : Rather dry and well drained
Foliage : Persistent -Flowering : June to October, melliferous.
Note that the color of an unusual blue and close to the lavender, brings freshness in a massive full sun.
Perovskia is a shrub that is best planted in the fall or early spring. The ideal planting time for most shrubs is always fall.
- Perovskia will grow very well in light, well-drained soil, even if it is poor.
- Adding soil to planting will improve recovery and future flowering.
- He likes very sunny situations, essential to flourish well.
For the realization of a perovskia hedge, space each plant about 50 cm apart to have a nice decorative effect.
Once planted, water generously and allow the soil to dry out before watering again and only if it is not raining. Perovskia adapts very well to drought and will therefore have very limited water requirements thereafter.
Flowers and foliage full of assets
The small blue-violet flowers are grouped together in pretty, supple and light spikes, about 30 cm long. Flowering is long and sometimes lasts until the first frost.
Perovskia attracts bees and is therefore particularly honeyed.
The silvery foliage is one of the strengths of this deciduous plant. The small gray-green leaves are thin and oval, very indented.
When crumpled, they give off a pleasant scent of sage.
Pérovskia, natural scenes for full sun
Due to its light and flexible bearing, perovskia is highly regarded in natural scenes.
It integrates well with perennial beds and shrub beds. You can also plant it in a tight row (every 50 cm) to make a pretty little separation hedge. It is desirable to plant at least three subjects together in order to compose a sufficiently large clump.
Perovskia is not very tall and therefore fits well in many settings (1.50 m in height and spread, dimensions it reaches after about three years).
Perovskia looks great on a sunny balcony. Pair it with white, yellow or blue annuals. Then use a pot at least 25 cm deep.
Maintenance of Perovskia
Perovskia is not afraid of diseases, drought, or limestone. Plant it in light or even rocky garden soil, preferably limestone. The presence of salt is not a problem, so it is perfect for seaside. If your soil is heavy, mix coarse sand with the original soil when planting. You can also add a little lime to loosen the clay.
In the spring, pinch off the young stems when they are between 30 and 40 cm in height. This intervention allows them to gain strength, which gives the plant a more rigid form.
At the end of the season, in regions with harsh winters, you can protect the perovskia base by mounding light soil or a bed of dead leaves 15 cm thick. It is a plant that easily resists down to -10 ° C. Below -10 ° C, the aerial part of the plant dies, but the strain resists very well and your plant will start again in the spring.
Pruning perovskia is easy and necessary to ensure beautiful flowering over the years.
In February, cut back all vegetation to practically level with the ground. This very important pruning is necessary every year, because the young stems are always much more beautiful.
Smart tip about Perovskia
Perovskia is an ideal plant for making low hedges and borders and it is very popular with gardeners looking for maintenance-free plants.
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