Russian Sage, or Perovskia atriplicifolia, is giving a spectacular show right now.
A full sun perennial, Russian sage (named in honor of the Russian general V.A. Perovski), features light lavender blooms on 2 to 4 foot stems from mid July to mid October. Easy to grow, Russian sage thrives in average, well-drained soil. It withstands drought and city air pollution, is deer and rabbit resistant and looks gorgeous paired with rudbeckia. Bees and butterflies flock to the blooms. Part of the mint family, leaves are fragrant when crushed. Russian sage is beautiful massed in borders or as a specimen plant. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 1995.