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Smoke bush: red/purple in spring, deep purple in summer, red/orange in fall. Drought tolerant.

Smoke bush: red/purple in spring, deep purple in summer, red/orange in fall. Drought tolerant.

Salvia sylvestris May Night (Sage) - perennial 1.5' x 1.5', blooms all summer, spikes of deep violet-blue flowers, full sun, drought tolerant. Planted by driveway 5/2013 (HD) [great plant, stayed in bloom all summer, will plant more, but it does attract a LOT of bees, so keep away from patio areas, would plant again] (Cut back to ground in winter, but was grown back and blooming again by March)

Salvia sylvestris May Night (Sage) - perennial 1.5' x 1.5', blooms all summer, spikes of deep violet-blue flowers, full sun, drought tolerant. Planted by driveway 5/2013 (HD) [great plant, stayed in bloom all summer, will plant more, but it does attract a LOT of bees, so keep away from patio areas, would plant again] (Cut back to ground in winter, but was grown back and blooming again by March)

Coneflower is an old favorite and can be completely neglected, they will grow anywhere in full sun.  Even in poor soil. They also spread nicely.

Coneflower is an old favorite and can be completely neglected, they will grow anywhere in full sun. Even in poor soil. They also spread nicely.

17 Top Ornamental Grasses {Pictured is Pennisetum setaceum 'Purpureum' (Purple Fountaingrass) with burgundy-red foliage all season long; tender perennial is often used in container gardens; zones 9-10; size to 3' tall / maturity 4' tall & wide; full sun and well-drained soil} | Better Homes and Gardens

17 Top Ornamental Grasses {Pictured is Pennisetum setaceum 'Purpureum' (Purple Fountaingrass) with burgundy-red foliage all season long; tender perennial is often used in container gardens; zones 9-10; size to 3' tall / maturity 4' tall & wide; full sun and well-drained soil} | Better Homes and Gardens

HOT and DRY. Drought tolerant Ice  Plant (Delosperma) is right at home along this cement curbside. Few sun perennials can take such less-than-forgiving locations yet still provide months of bloom all summer long.

HOT and DRY. Drought tolerant Ice Plant (Delosperma) is right at home along this cement curbside. Few sun perennials can take such less-than-forgiving locations yet still provide months of bloom all summer long.

Russian Sage  This super-tough plant can grow to 6 feet tall, and is great for the back row of garden borders or along fences. It is heat and drought resistant, and most pests like deer and rabbits will stay away from it. The fragrant silver foliage is just as pretty as the purple blooms.

Russian Sage This super-tough plant can grow to 6 feet tall, and is great for the back row of garden borders or along fences. It is heat and drought resistant, and most pests like deer and rabbits will stay away from it. The fragrant silver foliage is just as pretty as the purple blooms.

Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta - Large green leaves with chartreuse margins adorn the Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta, which is a sport of August Moon Hosta. Great for shady borders as well as container plants. Hosta are easy to grow and add a burst of color to shady spots! Thsi variety is more sun tolerant than a lot of other Hosta varieties. by Huey2

Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta - Large green leaves with chartreuse margins adorn the Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta, which is a sport of August Moon Hosta. Great for shady borders as well as container plants. Hosta are easy to grow and add a burst of color to shady spots! Thsi variety is more sun tolerant than a lot of other Hosta varieties. by Huey2

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