Are they both russian sage or is the darker purple plant something else? Thanks!
lighter is russian sage. The darker purple is salvia nemorosa. I can't remember which cultivar I used here but I like 'Caradonna' the best. It's a very dark purple with extremely vertical spikes. 'May Night' is a bit more common, but the spikes are not all vertical and it's a bit lighter in color.
Nice plants. Are they easy to care for?
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifola) - Full Sun - Drought tolerant - USDA zones 4-9
Russian Sage, Salvia and Dianthus - Great perennials
Russian Sage, tolerates hot weather, fragrant, height and color - companion plants: daylilies, calvia, dianthus, Japanese anemone, boltonia, orange coneflower & sedum.