Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. It will flop in shaded areas. Do not cut down in the fall, but do cut to the base in spring before new growth starts. It can also be cut back by 1/3 to 1/2 during the season to keep it shorter or more compact. This will also delay blooming. Russian Sage is drought tolerant and low maintenance. With its long bloom time, it is a good compliment to grasses, rudbeckia, sedums and echinacea. A very good plant for sunny, hot, dry areas.