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South-facing foundation planting

We live in Shelton, Washington. The back of our house faces south, and is hit hard by the weather - wind, rain and snow in winter, harsh sunlight in summer. Our soil is rocky and poor. I am re-doing two narrow planting beds next to the foundation. I have just removed two overgrown Yucca plants. I am considering ornamental grasses, but I'd like to combine them with something that has a little pizazz. Any suggestions?
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For a position such as the one you describe, you need tough, preferably native, perennials that will not wimp out. I would suggest rudbeckias, coreopsis, asters, liatris, daylilies, caryopteris, and gaura among others. You'll find plenty to chose from.

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