This planting combination, composed of drought-tolerant, sun-loving perennials, is easy to grow and delivers a steady progression of blooms from spring to fall that are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. A variety of bloom shapes create an energetic display: curious yellow whorls of Phlomis fruticosa age gracefully, adding architectural interest as they age; magenta rays surround a dark eye atop black stems on the coneflower Echinacea 'Merlot'; crimson spikes of Persicaria 'Firetail' add vertical interest; and umbels of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' progress from apple green to pink to magenta as the season unfolds. The transparent flowers of Stipa gigantea catch the light and sway in the breeze as they erupt skyward from mounds of evergreen grassy foliage.
7, 8, 9
Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat, Sun
Style: Mediterranean, Naturalistic, Northwest Eclectic
Focus: Flower Fest, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Saving Water, Wildlife Friendly
Season of Interest: Late Spring, Summer, Late Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Season Garden
Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Flower Fest, Pollinator, Wildlife
Average Maintenance, Deadheading