Or perhaps so many other things didn't bloom their best this year and that just makes it seem so much prettier right now.
Russian sage is a great garden plant for many climates. I've seen it blooming in Colorado even after the first snow of the season. It's common in Provence to supplement lavender's earlier bloom time. It does look similar to lavender doesn't it?
Russian sage is less picky than lavender, these plants replaced lavender that didn't do well here. It works great in this hot island between the sidewalk and the circle drive.
Russian sage loves our full Texas sun. When planted in morning shade it will flop over and reach for more sun.
It's such a beautiful plant I plan to add as many as I can fit in.