Akebia longeracemosa "A collection from N. Taiwan. This makes a vigorous twining climber with semi-evergreen leaves composed of 5 slim leaflets. The scented blackish-maroon flowers are borne in pendulous racemes to 15cm long in spring. Purplish sausage shaped fruits can follow in autumn. Sun or semi-shade."
What does angelonia have going for it? It blooms nonstop all summer long. It comes in blues and purples (my favorites), as well as pinks and whites. It holds up well in hot spots. It handles drought like a champ. It can grow in wet soil. I hear (never tried it myself, though), that you can even put it in a water garden. It attracts butterflies. Some varieties are fragrant. Deer and rabbits usually leave it alone.
Chaste tree Chaste tree is a drought-tolerant shrub with elegant divided compound leaves and fragrant lilac, blue, or white flowers borne in long panicles in late summer to autumn. Gardeners in Zone 5 can treat it like a perennial because it dies to the ground each winter but resprouts from the