This is a drought tolerant, easy-care plant combo recipe for full sun. The strappy, golden, variegated foliage of Yucca filamentosa 'Golden Sword' provides structure and is handsome year-round, but this planting combination really shines from mid to late summer when in bloom.
Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight', USDA 6 to 9), an easy to grow, drought tolerant deciduous shrub for hot conditions is adorned with dark blue puffs from mid summer through fall and complemented by vibrant orange blooms of California fuchsia (Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Select Mattel', USDA 7 to 11).
This trio will perform best in well-draining soil and takes full baking sun in stride; the hotter, the better. The bluebeard is best if cut back to about 8 to 12 inches in late winter to encourage vigorous new growth which will bloom in late summer. The orange tubular flowers of the California fuchsia and the towering ivory blooms of the yucca are a veritable hummingbird magnets and the bluebeard is a favorite of bees and butterflies, so this scheme is abuzz with summertime garden activity!