This antique French hanging basket gets a makeover with every season. At the moment, Russian sage is making a big ethereal statement in the gallery.

Brimming with elegant silvery green aromatic spires of lavender-blue tubular flowers – 8 one-gallon nursery pots, if you’re counting – the potted plants were too heavy for the basket. To cut down weight, I removed them from their plastic nursery containers, eliminated some of the soil, popped the root balls into individual plastic bags and loosely tied around the base of the plants. When the blooms begin to fade, I’ll plant them outside where they’ll grow bigger with each passing year, attract bees and butterflies to the garden and will provide a bounty of fragrant stems and blooms for creating arrangements.

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora

  • Nan, Odessa, DE says:
    August 19, 2016 at 6:24 am Reply

    Thank you for introducing me to this plant!
    How tall will they grow at maturity?

    Wish we could get your pictures full screen.
    OR am I missing how to do this?

  • So how do you water this lovely ladies? And how often? I am assuming you put them in the sink or take the, outside. I love you unexpected use of flowers Nora. So pretty!

  • Love Russian sage. I don’t cut mine now maybe I will. Looks so wonderful.

  • I’m especially fond of using nursery plants indoors for the very reason you’ve mentioned…once they begin to fade you can plant them in the garden. Russian sage is a favorite. Any blue/lavender flowering plant is always a favorite with me.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Karen

  • Love this! Can you dry Russian sage like lavender?

  • So the sage is in soil? How do I water if in basket? And have no clue where to buy the sage of the basket???

  • Jane wasniewski says:
    August 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm Reply

    I just planted two Russian sage plants as I just love it and I seem to kill lavender, so this is my little way of skirting that problem. love your blog. So special and elegant and yet down to earth

  • Maggie Bonanomi says:
    August 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm Reply

    Love to read your posts!

  • Linda Hardwick says:
    August 20, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

    Love Russian sage and I just planted some around some old stones in my back yard. I love the silvery green color with the lavender blue of the bloom. I love every post you share and your home is such an inspiration to me. I wish you had a hardback book of all your beautiful seasons that you share of your home, I would love to have to look back through with the changing of the seasons for decorating ideas for my own home. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  • How lovely! What a wonderful idea! I must do this myself in my front entry. Thanks for the inspiration once again Nora!

  • Our bees LOVE Russian Sage! Your basket display is gorgeous…and a great idea! I’m going to try a display in an old Adirondack pack basket!

  • Can you please tell me where to find a lovely basket just like yours , I love it !!! Thank you 😊

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