smalbright1 said:My backyard is in shade most of the day but gets hot afternoon sun from about 1pm til about 5pm and I'm in zone 7 in NC. What perennials plants would tolerate those conditions?
Where abouts in NC?
The mountains? The coast? Inland?
Makes a lot of difference.
Clay and rock?
I think I'd try lantana and salvia.
I like the high bush lantana 'Miss Huff', it's always a photo shoot waiting to be photographed....
But any high bush type is going to be good
These red salvias don't just attract butterflies... Here's a hummingbird!
Pictured is salvia coccinea, wich may or may not act like a perennial for you...
You might prefer the salvia microphylla "hot lips" which is dependably perennial and has both white and red flowers.
Another good plant is malvaviscus arboreus... Turks cap hibiscus....