Answer: Jasmine with bark mulch will be very attractive. You might also consider pachysandra, vancouveria, lavender or sarcococca. All are well-behaved broadleaf evergreens. Another plant that will grow well for you is Euonymus fortunei. It comes in variegated leaf colors (green and yellow or green and white) which might add interest to the area. Once established, all are drought tolerant so I wouldn't put in a drip system. Instead, I'd hand water the plants or set up a sprinkler. They will need about one-inch of water per week, applied slowly so the moisture has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root systems. By next summer they'll need only supplemental water during the hottest months of the year.
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