This semi-evergreen penstemon bursts into bloom each summer producing masses of bright scarlet-red flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds will love as much as you do. It's a cinch to grow in any sunny spot. Name: Penstemon pinifolius Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall Zones: 4-10
Bleeding Heart is a lovely perennial shade plant. I had to transfer mine from full sun (where our house's previous owner planted it) to shade. In the sun, it withered away by mid-summer. Plant them in the shade!
Yarrow is indeed a native plant and, predictably, it's easy to care for. In some gardens, it will thrive with almost no care, making it a good candidate for naturalistic plantings in open areas and along the edges of wooded or other wild places. Its colorful, flat-top blooms rise above clusters of ferny foliage. The tough plants resist drought, are rarely eaten by deer and rabbits, and spread moderately quickly. Sun, Zone: 3-10, 6-60"tall, 18-36 wide.
10 plants you can't kill image 10. Star Jasmine The versaitility of Star Jasmine makes it an unkillable winner – ground cover, climber, spreading bush or indoor plant. The fragrant flowers appear in summer. They’re not fussy about soil type or aspect – doing well in sun or shade.
Problem slopes - Plant It. Plant roots are very efficient at anchoring loose soil on a slope. So turn a tough hill into a beautiful planting by selecting easy-care groundcovers that root into the bank wherever their stems touch soil. The dense mats they create will reduce erosion and weeds.