This planting combination owes much of its staying power to the steady contributions that a variety in color, texture, and plant shapes bring to the scene. Though it's not a slouch in the bloom department either—spring to early summer, purple orbs and yellow whorls make a fun floral show that continues even as the flowers age; attractive seed heads in tawny tones take their place. The ever-evolving Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is garden-worthy throughout with a progression that begins with succulent gray foliage in spring, followed by dome-shaped flowers that age from apple green to deep pink, and then their dried forms remain attractive into late fall. The strappy upright form and colorful foliage of the New Zealand flax adds visual heft year-round. A word of caution on the phormium— consider it an annual and you won't be disappointed by an untimely loss due to cold freezing temps.
Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Full Sun
Water Needs: Average, Low
Features: Varied Foliage, Texture, and Form, Drought Tolerant, Fabulous Foliage, Wildlife Friendly
Focus: Saving Water, Pleasing Seasonal Flow
Seasons of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Maintenance Level: low, medium