We have a largish island in the middle of the backyard that needs serious help. It is going to be the focus of my summer plans. First I will hire someone else to clear it out, build it up, and fix the irrigation system. Then I get to plant!
Choosing the plants is much harder than you might think. There are so many factors to consider. First and foremost, they must be extremely hardy; temperatures here are very cold with minimal snow coverage which leaves them exposed most of the winter. Next, they must be drought tolerant; we live in a desert with a metered water system. They must be bunny-proof; I love our wild bunnies and I don't want to be resentful of them eating my garden up. I'm mostly into blues, purples, pinks, and white. I stay away from reds, oranges, and yellows. I would also like flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and are long blooming. Am I asking too much?
Actually there are many plants that meet these criteria:
Mirabilis (wild four o'clock)