Summer Blooms and Attractive Foliage Looks Good for Multiple Seasons

This sun-loving plant combination is an excellent way to add colorful foliage, fun flowers, and useful function to your drought-tolerant landscape. With thoughtful placement of the components, this combination of plants can provide excellent screening and/or division of space. The space-saving, tall and narrow form of this new(ish) variety of Rose of Sharon flowering shrub, coupled with the height of the smokebush and variegated maiden grass, can be used to create an effective 3-season screen with their deciduous foliage. The evergreen conifer and hebe provide a 4-season presence and can be positioned to maximize that aspect. Long-blooming perennial penstemon round out the show and provide flowers and feed the pollinators all summer long.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 8
Exposure: Full Sun, Afternoon Sun
Water Needs: Low, Average

Design Considerations

Style: Northwest Eclectic, Wildlife Friendly, Waterwise
Features: Attracts Pollinator
Focus: Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Mixed Border, Privacy and Screening, Saving Water, Color Theme
Seasons of Interest: Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Spring, Summer, Fall

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium
Maintenance Tasks: Deadheading

Plants In this Combo