Posted: 13/05/2015 at 15:27
Some things I like that you might like too...Choisya Ternata Sundance - amazing lime green leaves, slow growing evergreen perennial shrub, very light and beautiful. What about some amazing purple Heuchera? Check out Plantagogo and Heucheraholics for ideas. Also, although it's not year round colour, I love asiatic lilies and they are so, so easy to grow - perennial, amazing colours, pretty foliage. Hard to go wrong with rhododendrons and azaleas (a world of dreamy blues, lilacs, purples and whites to choose from) and you can get them in compact/dwarf form, too. They are hardy and evergreen.
They do attract bees, but not by the million, and the bees are very disinterested in anything but the centre of the flower. I have these next to my patio and am never bothered by the little fuzzy beasts.
There are some stunning low-growing grasses - have a look at Hakonechloa Aureolum (very bright green) and Uncinia Rubra (red) and Elijah Blue ( green, but the more sun it gets, the more blue it goes) and Mondo Grass (black) - I grow all of these successfully and by that I mean I ignore them and they do really well
I envy you - choosing the plants is the fun bit I'm just redesigning my garden and am having to think about nothing but paths and stones and fencing before I'm allowed to let myself loose on picking plants