|I would like to plant small flowering (2x2 ft or so in size) on my back hill. It is in full sun during the summer, with temps in the 90-100's. Winters may bring a dusting of snow. Any suggestions? I'm in the foothills of CA. Thank you so very much for your time!|
|Some shrubs or perennials that are both heat and cold resistant include Bluebeard or Blue Mist (Caryopteris clandonensis), grows 3-4 feet tall. A loose, rounded, open shrub with gray-green, 3? long leaves that are silvery underneath. Dramatic clusters of blue flowers top stems from August to frost.
Russian Sage (Perovskia), a tall (3? to 5?) semi-woody, multi-stemmed plant
with aromatic, gray-green leaves, white underneath, open spires of violet-blue flowers in late summer.
Weigela (Weigela florida) grows 2? to 7? (look for compact varieties). Rounded shrub with volumes of funnel-shaped flowers in spring. Blooms along previous season?s
Bearded Iris (Iris species) 4? to 24? tall. Upright plant with sword-shaped
leaves, large flowers in a wide range of colors (blues, pinks, purples, yellows,
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) to 36? tall. Stems and leaves are rough and hairy.
The 4? wide flowers are gold, orange or yellow with fuzzy brown, cone center.
Evening Primrose (Oenothera 8? to 36? tall). Branching perennial with lance-shaped
leaves, and 4-petaled, silky flowers in yellow, pink or white.
Purple Cornflower (Echinacea purpurea) To 4? tall. Sparsely leaved stems carry 4? daisytype flowers in rosy-purple with a brown cone in the center.
Veronica (Veronica) 4? to 24? tall. Upright to gracefully drooping spikes
of lavender, blue, pink, or white flowers, depending on variety.
Hope these suggestions are helpful.