I've never had Russian Sage before. At first I thought it was lavender. I really chopped it back in late spring and was tempted to pull it all up. Really, it was just a bunch of sticks just a month or so ago.
But I decided to let it grow and see what happened. I'm so glad I did not uproot it! It is wonderful, unruly, but wonderful! It is full of bumblebees too and that is one good reason to just let it sprawl right now.
My Vinca I planted in the front garden. I love the bright, cheery flowers.
One of the many bumblebees flitting around the Russian Sage. I think I might cut a bunch of the sage and stuff it into the old red milk can we have on the porch and see how it dries. I had a bouquet of it in the house but Noodle didn't like the smell and the tiny blossoms that eventually dropped make a terrible mess.
The front garden. I rescued the pine from the back yard. When we fenced the yard we left about 1/6 of the acre unfenced and that little pine was back there. I brought it around front and I really like it in the garden. We keep it watered and test its needles daily. So far...so good...