Siberian Iris adds color in early summer. Like most irises, these are moisture-loving plants, but once established they will tolerate dry soil. The blooms appear atop leafless stems rising from the grasslike foliage.
A great annual flower for hot, dry beds near a driveway or other sun-baked site, portulaca is as fuss-free as they come. It is bright and cheerful, creeping happily along hot spots and flowering all summer.
Crested Iris: Crested Iris This charming woodland iris bears delicate blue, white, or purple flowers in mid-spring. Even when not in bloom, the tiny clumps of foliage are a great textural contrast in the shady garden.
‘Cajun Blue’ scaevola is more compact than other scaevolas and is earlier to flower. This friendly plant plays well with others, complementing just about anything―fun with yellow, pink, or white blooms.
Diabolo Ninebark is a plant-it-and-forget-it shrub. Its purple foliage looks good from spring through fall and creates great contrast with the shrub's white flowers in early summer. It seldom needs pruning or watering, making it a true garden winner.