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Looking for some striking foliage? Try Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), a tropical perennial with leaves from yellow to purple; treated as an annual in most parts of the country. Most varieties like partial shade, but some prefer full sun; 12 to 36 inches tall. See more in Best Plants for Colorful Foliage at thisoldhouse.com
Winecup / Purple poppy-mallow [Callirhoe involucrata] - Evergreen/Semi-evergreen forb, 0-1 feet. Sun or Part Shade. Prefers well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Flowers attract bees and butterflies. Spreading habit makes it good for ground cover, trailing over walls, or for hanging baskets.