Klamath, California, is in USDA hardiness zone 9, and area that includes Central Florida, the Gulf Coast, parts of New Mexico and Nevada and up the West Coast to the Canadian border. Plants suited to that zone do well in Klamath planted together in a perennial garden setting or as small individual groupings of the same plant. Smaller plants do well in a rock garden, and all of them can be planted in containers to liven up a patio or deck.
Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) is also known as rose periwinkle. The plant is an evergreen perennial that grows from 2 to 3 feet tall with an equal spread. Madagascar periwinkle produces glossy-green leaves that grow from 2 to 3 inches long and small, rose pink, pink, red, purple or white tube-shaped flowers. Plant the flower in full sun or partial shade and in a moist, well-drained soil without fertilizer.
Tall Cigar Plant
Tall cigar plant (Cuphea micropetala) is also known as the candy corn plant. The plant is a perennial short shrub growing from 3 to 4 feet tall with about the same spread. The shrub produces narrow leaves that grow up to 6 inches long and orange-red to yellow-green tube-shaped flowers that grow at the tips of the stems. Plant tall cigar plant where it gets the sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon and in a moist soil. The plant is a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.
Mountain marigold (Tagetes lemmonii) is also known as Copper Canyon daisy, grows up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide. The plant produces lacy leaves that grow from 2 to 6 inches long and flowers with yellow-gold petals surrounding a darker yellow center that grow to 2 inches across. Plant mountain marigold in full sun and in a soil that is moist, fertilized and well-drained. Bees and butterflies love the nectar.
Pink Evening Primrose
Pink evening primrose (Oenothera speciosa) is also known as showy evening primrose, white evening primrose and pink ladies. The plant grows from 8 to 24 inches high with a spread of about 15 inches and produces narrow, spoon-shaped leaves and bowl-shaped flowers that start out white and turn a rose-pink as they age. The flowers bloom in spring, grow to 2 inches across, open in the evening and stay open all night and day until the sun appears. Plant pink evening primrose in full sun and well-drained soil. The flowers are a favorite of bees, moths and hummingbirds.