Gorgeous golden tips
Blanket flower (Gaillardia) features gorgeous golden tips and requires moderate water.
Evergreen from southwestern Australia
Velvety kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos 'Orange Cross' and Bush Gems series) add spicy color against golden grasses in a garden in Tiburon, California, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects (arterrallp.com). The plants tolerate drought but flower best with some water in summer and excellent drainage in light sandy soil.
Beware extreme heat and humidity
African daisy (Arctotis), with blooms that can range from brilliant orange to cool purply-white, needs moderate water.
Red stamens that resemble powder puffs
The shrub attracts hummingbirds with its brilliant red stamens that resemble powder puffs. Use it as an accent in front of a living ocotillo fence or as a backdrop for small blue agaves. Needs minimal water.
Bees love it
Pride of Madeira
Actually from Madeira, this plant produces wonderful spikes of