Cutting Back Russian Sage

We bought some Russian Sage "Little Spire" last summer. It was so pretty we let it sit all winter. Today we noticed that the shop where we bought it has their own plants growing out front, cut back to 5 or 6 inches. When we got home we started to cut ours back & found that the branches are Green inside. Do we cut ours back.. is it now to late, or will it just keep growing like a bush, with no need to cut back? We want to do what is right & plan to buy a few more when we can.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Hi
Russian sage can still be cut back now if you want it to come back a little bushier this year. What I do in my garden is wait to see where the new spring growth shows up. Some years the plants will die back further than other times. Or, the new growth will be spotty when it comes back. Basically, if the plant comes out of dormancy and look nice and full, I leave them alone. But, if they are spotty or were leggy last year, I cut them back now to about 8 inches high. It's really a wait and see.


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