hydrangea and wisteria - both have varied flower colors. Both are also seen in Old Southern landscapes. Hydrangea like rich damp soil with filtered sun. Wisteria will seek out light and do well in full sun.
A lovely North American native prairie grass, switchgrass offers the garden beauty and easy maintenance. Varieties grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and have airy, cloudlike plumes. Some varieties have rich red or purple foliage in autumn.
Mexican feathergrass thrives in quick-draining, lean soil and tolerates drought with ease. It reseeds, though not in an invasive way, to naturalize in meadows or on slopes for erosion control. Pair it with flowering perennials or succulents.