Russian Sage: Great for the late-summer garden. It thrives in hot, dry spots and produces silvery foliage topped with clouds of lavender-blue flowers at the end of the season. The foliage is nicely scented, too, which also makes it unappetizing to deer and rabbits.
Add Privacy: Tall grasses in a large grouping can be a perfect solution for screening an unpleasant view. For best effect, choose tall species such as big bluestem (it can reach 6 feet or more), moor grass (it can reach 7 feet or more), or ravennagrass (it can reach 12 feet or more).
Love the look of flagstone but find it's out of your budget, consider cement. Molds are available in a variety of irregular stonelike patterns. Mix in a little concrete dye and you can make it look like natural stone.