Posted: 26/06/2014 at 19:10
Firstly, congratulations on baby - so exciting
Agree, cistus are lovely, trouble free and will come back year after year. Hardy geraniums too will give you lots of colour for very little work.
If you love purples, what about some asters (we used to call them Michaelmas Daisies). Go for a few of the more compact shorter growing ones and they'll fill the autumn with colour
All of these will be perfectly happy with the bulbs growing up through them in the spring