Plants for late afternoon sun
The patio in our north-east facing back yard has a bed that faces west and gets sun in the late afternoon only during the warmer months; in winter, it gets bright shade with a speckle of dappled sun in early morning.
I'm looking for plants that can take a blast of direct hot afternoon sun from about 2:00 until evening.
This bed is about 4' deep and about 10 feet long with a patio post about midway along the length. I'd like some tall plants next to the post, and I'm envisioning a tropicalesque look to create a shady nook on that side of the patio. Currently, there is 1 happy Agapanthus and a tall potted Scheflera. There used to be a Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festive' which outgrew the spot. Taking a clue from these plants, it seems that any plant that likes part sun, or sun/shade would be happy in this spot.
I'm considering a tall, wispy (not formally pruned) Nandina on each side of the post. Would Abutilon work in this spot? What other plants would work?