Answer: When properly maintained, gazania should grow for many years. Statice has an average lifespan of about 3 years so your landscaper is right in discouraging you from planting it where you want something more permanent. Shrubs suitable for the area that produce blue flowers include Ceanothus, Blue Hibiscus, Ajuga (groundcover) and Vinca (groundcover). While not blue flowering, you might also consider groundcover roses. These are low maintenance once established. For even more ideas, you might visit other established landscapes; residences, libraries, city parks, etc. These should offer even more possibilities. Best wishes with your project!
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