Russian sage is a resilient perennial that requires very little maintenance. Its tough nature does not make it any less beautiful. Come late summer, the silvery soft green foliage produces stalks of dazzling, lavender blooms. Depending on the height of the variety, Russian Sage can make a shrublike centerpiece or a lively border plant. It likes to be planted in hot dry areas, and once established it is extremely drought tolerant. Though cold hardy, in the first few years it may require some mulching to ensure protection during the winter months. Russian sage is deer resistant, but the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies find it irresistible. Be aware, A member of the mint family, Russian sage is spread by runners, so make sure to prune it to keep it from popping up in unwanted places.