This drought tolerant perennial combination for full sun is an easy way to add a carefree planting scheme to your home and it lends a stylish and modern flair to your garden.
It's super easy to grow, even in tough spots. Lean soil? No problem, all of these plants prefer, and perform best, when grown in more austere conditions and don't require heavily amended soil or lots of supplemental water.
This combination, shown here in fall, clearly has much to offer in terms of late-season garden performance, but the trio has other attributes on offer earlier in the year as well. The baptisia has springtime blooms, typically blue, though there are some newer varieties with pastel blooms in yellow tones. Its mounded form and handsome blue foliage add structure and subtle color from spring until the first hard frost.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a very common perennial for very good reason — it performs beautifully, it's easy to grow, and it offers many months of enjoyment. Starting in early spring, the emerging rosettes are a beautiful precursor to its handsome succulent foliage, by summer the blooms begin to form and go through a sequence of color changes from green, to blush, to pink, to carmine. Later, after a killing frost, the seedheads remain, adding interest into the winter and fodder for birds. And when it's in bloom, it's a pollinator and butterfly magnet!
Ornamental grasses are a great way to add movement, a flowing fine texture, and a modern sensibility to your garden. There are a number of wonderful switch grasses, but Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' is prized for its late season show of burgundy foliage. In this trio, the burgundy looks great against the blue and pink tones of its companions.