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Old 06-11-2010, 02:33 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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Don't forget the marigolds!

With marigolds and zinnias, it's very easy to harvest the seeds at the end of the season and plant them next spring. As soon as the flower heads wither and dry, you've got seeds!

I've found euonymous ("burning bush") to be a very low-maintenance, fast-growing shrub. I live in NW Indiana; don't know how euonymous does in other climates.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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Autumn Joy Sedum does very well and requires very little care. In Ohio it's called Live Forever.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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How about Abellia (spell?)? Some of them are evergreen in zone 7. It has nice fragrant (pink or white) flowers and gets quite tall (6-8 feet). Once established, it doesn't require whole lot of watering.

Also consider Loropetulum (Chinese Fringe flower). Nice neon pink flowers on airy branches with burgundy leaves. It is fast growing and can grow up to 12 feet tall. Very low maintenance. It can be used as a screen/ hedge since it is evergreen (or ever-burgundy) in zone 7. It flowers several times a year depending on the weather.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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All the recommendations in the world won't pan out unless we have a clue as to where you live. There is a big difference in where something will survive, thrive or die. As Inthesierras already said there are big differences in normal rainfall from region to region, and even sometimes within a region. There are plants I had in my old garden that can't grow in the new one and the opposite as well and all I did is move 800 or so miles south!
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Salvia, lantana, rosemary, esperanza, pride of Barbados, vitex, Crape Myrtle, Oleander. Zone 7, 8.
Dang, I haven't seen "Pride of Barbados" since I left W. Africa.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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All the recommendations in the world won't pan out unless we have a clue as to where you live. There is a big difference in where something will survive, thrive or die. As Inthesierras already said there are big differences in normal rainfall from region to region, and even sometimes within a region. There are plants I had in my old garden that can't grow in the new one and the opposite as well and all I did is move 800 or so miles south!
Strongly agree with the above statement.
It came as a big surprise when we move to metro Phoenix how much and beautiful the scrubs, groundcovers, perennials and even trees are here with little water.
We have Bougainvillea, lantana, Sage, Verbena rosemary, cacti (golden barrel) fairy Duster, Red Bird Of Paradise, Ice Plant .. and they come with different colors - Bougainvillea are plentiful here (but it is bad to grow them near a pool Lots of cleaning to do). I like the rows of hybrid Palo Verdi grown in the neighborhood. When they are in bloom - reminds me of the Cherry Blossom - except it looks like carpet of brilliant yellows.
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Rochester Hills, Mi
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We love our lorapetulum/Chinese Witch Hazel! All of them have thrives except for the one my dog fancies!

Burning bush has done well in both Pittsburgh Pa and Hickory, NC for us...

Any of the plants can be affordable if you buy them small enough and are willing to WAIT!

Have enjoyed good success with our Smoke Bushes here too!
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:15 PM
 
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Lantana ... Low water / high heat / full sun ... Grows / spreads & Blooms like a champ in Houston
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Just chiming in to suggest Vinca. For me, vinca always does well in full sun and high heat. It also seems to take the least amount of water in my garden.

It comes in many different colors too!
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Old 06-26-2010, 04:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Wow, really? I haven't found that to be the case in my yard. My zinnias have always required a good bit of water. Wonder why the difference.
ours also. That is one reason I stopped planting them when we lived in Albuquerque. It just seemed they didn't do as well as they did other places with at least rain. We had good luck with 4 o'clocks in New Mexico. They needed a little water, but not much.

OP, for a plant, what about Oleander? Of course I don't know how cold your winters are.
Nita
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