Cranebill geranium: One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 (Pictured: ‘Johnson’s Blue’)

In the southwest andn Rocky Mountain areas, water wise landscape designs come in all colors and shapes and incorporate a wide range of both nativespecies as well as appropriate adapted plants, ranging from succulents and cacti to endemic penstemons and traditional perennials. Laura and Time Spear have created a colorful perennial garden in their Colorado Springs compund.