Northern California drought-tolerant garden ~ grasses, artemisia, succulents, Russian sage, & verbena bonariensis; contrast of texture & form create a lot of visual interest, heights lead the eye from front to back. . . . . ღTrish W ~ http://www.pinterest.com/trishw/ . . . .
9 Plants That'll Make Your Southern California Garden Flourish via @PureWow. Penstemon Many of the plants bees like best have large, tubular flowers with petals that act as a landing platform. Penstemon, like this red variety, fit the bill.
This combination of plants won't overwinter in Colorado, but consider the textures and shapes in the leaves-- hardy agaves, yuccas, joshua trees, sedums, and sempervivums would make a spectacular low-water garden.