Answer: I like your choices and I think the foliage and flower colors will complement each other. Dusty miller tends to get woody after a few years in the garden, but it is easy to prune back to keep it small. Russian sage can grow upwards of 5 feet tall and wide so you'll definitely want to prune it back each spring, or plant the Salvia instead. If, after your plants have been in the garden for a year or two, you may want to fill in bare spots with colorful annuals. So many have specific bloom seasons that you can change out the annuals in spring, summer and fall for a new look with each season. For example, Alyssum, Snapdragons, Lobelia and Impatiens can provide spring color; Lantana, Marigolds and Zinnias can provide brilliant summer color; chrysantheum, African daisies and calendula can make the garden sing in the autumn.
Enjoy your beautiful garden!
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