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Some divine photos of excellent mixes of dry tolerant plantings - great colour mixes. Inspirational for our hot climate...

nepeta, stachys byzantia and salvia with the pale yellow sisyrinchium striatum and lime-yellow achemilla mollis.

nepeta, stachys byzantia and salvia with the pale yellow sisyrinchium striatum and lime-yellow achemilla mollis.

Salvia nemorosa, Allium, Geranium 'Patricia' and Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'.  This is good!

Salvia nemorosa, Allium, Geranium 'Patricia' and Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen'. This is good!

Achillea 'Gold Plate' and Verbena bonariensis in late summer border. Herbaceous perennial. Biennial colour contrast combination border. September yellow violet lilac

Achillea 'Gold Plate' and Verbena bonariensis in late summer border. Herbaceous perennial. Biennial colour contrast combination border. September yellow violet lilac

Top Rated best camden maine waterfront inn with acres of private beautiful gardens, Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn

Top Rated best camden maine waterfront inn with acres of private beautiful gardens, Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn

RHS Chelsea Show 2007 designed by sarah price  rich palette of purples, golds, browns, whites.

RHS Chelsea Show 2007 designed by sarah price rich palette of purples, golds, browns, whites.

I had wanted to surround the patio with a sea of rudbeckia and echinacea, similar to this photo, but now I'm not so sure. The yellow is a little too dominant. I think I'd prefer a 3:1 ratio of pink to yellow for a cooler overall feel. And add some tiny islands of white yarrow to vary the texture a little more.

I had wanted to surround the patio with a sea of rudbeckia and echinacea, similar to this photo, but now I'm not so sure. The yellow is a little too dominant. I think I'd prefer a 3:1 ratio of pink to yellow for a cooler overall feel. And add some tiny islands of white yarrow to vary the texture a little more.