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With its tall wispy wands of lavender or blue flowers and silvery foliage, Russian sage is an important player in summer and fall gardens. It shows off well against most flowers and provides an elegant look to flower borders. The aromatic leaves are oblong, deeply cut along the edges. Foot-long panicles of flowers bloom for many weeks. Excellent drainage and full sun are ideal, although very light shade is tolerated. Plant close to avoid staking since the tall plants tend to flop.
The substantial heads of sparkling white David phlox are a perfect foil for airy Russian sage in full sun.Daylily
The lemon yellow trumpets of Hyperion daylily contrast well with lavender Russian sage in informal sunny gardens.Black-eyed Susan
In sunny places, the yellow orange daisies of Goldsturm black-eyed Susan, accented with dark brown cones, are dramatic against Russian sage.Butterfly weed
In late summer, Russian sage combines well with orange butterfly weed, especially in butterfly gardens.