Blue Enchantress (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monmar') is a reblooming mophead that features huge flower orbs up to 9 inches wide on the ends of glossy black stems as thick as pencils. Like many varieties, the bloom's color depends on the pH of the soil. Flowers turn green dotted with cream in fall. Grows up to 6 feet high and wide. Zones 5-9; Monrovia
Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a twining woody evergreen vine with sumptuous clouds of gold, honey-scented trumpets that perfume the landscape from February to April. 'Margarita' (shown) has bigger flowers and purplish winter foliage. It grows up to 20 feet tall and 6 feet wide in Zones 7–10.
Vanilla Strawberry (Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy') is related to the classic PeeGee hydrangea. With its cone-shaped flowers, this French variety can show three colors at once during its bloom time, which can last into late fall. Vanilla Strawberry starts the season blooming creamy white before flower heads turn pink, then red or a darker burgundy. Grows up to 8 feet high and 5 feet wide. Zones 3-8; White Flower Farm
Foxtail Lily (Eremurus stenophyllus) has striking spires covered with hundreds of dark-yellow, bell-shaped flowers that shoot up over grayish-green leaves in early summer. 'Cleopatra' (shown) naturalizes with burnt-orange petals marked with red ribs. It grows up to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide in Zones 5–9.