One flowering perennial that will never let you down is the lantana.
Lantana come in a variety of colors: lavender, yellow, orange,
and an appealing orange-pink-yellow tri-color.
My favorite is the tri-color.
They love heat and dry conditions and will grow easily into a small shrub.
Despite all their good qualities, they've never been my first choice for planting.
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But this week I was in the garden center and saw a lantana
that had had been trained into a small topiary tree.
Pretty and unusual.
I may have to give it a try next summer.