Favorite colorful frost & drought hardy perennials?
Hard frost hit my microclimate (Fairfax, CA--SF Bay Area) this last winter with over 15 days below freezing weather. I lost a lot, and assume others did too. (for example, lost 2 citrus patio trees and a large abutillon which normally do fine here.) This, along with the drought, has me planning a re-do using some mix of what I think of as 'high desert'--cold winter plants that get cut back in the late fall, like salvias, agastache, lavenders, nepenthe, flowering ground covers, and such.
I love complementary colors and favor some mix of blues (real blue if possible)-purples, oranges (like poppy orange), non-pale yellows, and vivid raspberry-magenta.
I thought I'd ask people here about their favorite frost & drought tolerant perennials (with hybrid name if relevant) to consider--ranging from ground covers to short mounding types up to 5' types. Those which bloom for a long time and return faithfully would be favored. I may post this also in perennials forum, but thought I'd start here.
I frequent Annie's, so have some inspiration there. But input from those who went through this last bad frost and had flowering plants survive would be great.