Drought-tolerant Foliage and Flower for a Sunny Spot

Attractive foliage and plants with varied textures and form create a handsome all-season frame for a riot of abundant blooms. This combination of drought-tolerant plants for a full sun would be great for adding curb appeal to your front yard or hellstrip. The largest plant in this vignette is the Pittosporum tobira 'Tall and Tough'. Use it as a backdrop, to divide space, or provide privacy. In early summer, intensely fragrant Pittosporum blooms fill the air. The finely-textured Hebe c. 'Boughton Dome' occupies the mid-plane, covering the knees of the pittosporum, and adding textural variety. The whimsically-shaped Agave and the ground-hugging Ceanothus round out the frame. Position Ceanothus 'Diamond Heights' towards the front of your vignette to anchor your scene. Agave 'Calamar' is fun and surprising accent—depending upon the size of your bed, use one or several.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8, 9
Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat
Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional

Design Considerations

Style: Mediterranean, Northwest Eclectic, Wildlife Friendly, Waterwise
Features: Attracts Pollinator, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Four Season Appeal, Fragrance, Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Wildlife Friendly, Winter Interest
Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Mixed Border, Native and Habitat, Pleasing Seasonal Flow, Saving Water, Year-round Interest
Seasons of Interest: Year-round Interest, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading

Plants In this Combo