love the baptisia (false indigo) for spring color, from a drought-tolerant perennial - Decadence™ series has compact plant form and saturated color. Available cultivars include 'Cherries Jubilee' (maroon and yellow), 'Blueberry Sundae' (vibrant blue), 'Dutch Chocolate' (dark plum), and 'Lemon Meringue' (yellow).
Baptisia Decadence Series. This new series features unique flower colors and a shorter, more compact habit that is better proportioned for today’s city gardens. The magnificent flower stalks on top of blue-green foliage bloom from late spring to early summer. Yummy names include ‘Blueberry Sundae’ (shown), Cherries Jubilee’, ‘Dutch Chocolate’ and ‘Lemon Meringue’. Best of all, baptisia is low maintenance, drought tolerant and deer resistant. Sun to partial shade Size: 3-4 ft tall and wide
Container grown lemon tree: ‘Eureka.’ Lemons work well in container gardens, but if you live in Zone 7B, like me, you will have to bring them indoors for the winter. Some great container tips for citrus trees at the link.