Proven Winners ® has introduced a new Perovskia atriplicifolia called ‘Denim ‘n’ Lace’. The plant has all the growth and hardiness characteristics of other Russian sage, but at 28”-32” (71-81 cm) tall, it is somewhat shorter than the species. Denim ‘n’ Lace is also more upright than the species, making it a perfect selection to tuck into limited space.
Visually, the most distinctive feature of Denim ‘n’ Lace is the shorter internodes, making the flowers grow closer together and giving the plant a bushier look rather than an open, airy look. The foliage is the classic cut-leaf gray-green typical of Russian sage, but the flower color is almost identical to Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’—in other words, somewhat deeper in color than the species Russian sage. In bloom, it looks more like a perennial than a small shrub.
Denim ‘n’ Lace needs full sun (at least six hours sun per day) and dry to average well-drained soil. Pest problems are similar to other Russian sage. The plant starts blooming in late June in Zone 5 and continues to bloom throughout the summer. Old foliage can be pruned away in early spring.