Suggestions for low maintainence, full-sun, partly medicinal area
I've made myself a list of way too many plants I'd love to grow in two beds that flank our back patio. I'd like some suggestions/favorites to help narrow down my plans. Here are my "requirements:"
-low maintainence - I don't want to spend hours and hours keeping up the bed - that's what my vegetable garden is for.
-tolerates full-sun - the beds face due south, 'nuf said.
-useful in ways other than "eye candy"- I'd like the plants to be useful for medicine/tea/flavor, butterflies, attracting beneficial insects, etc. Not necessarily all the plants, but probably at least half of them.
-look okay to nice most of the time - I'd like a lot of perennials/biennials... I don't want to start the bed from scratch each year...
If you've bothered to read this far, THANKS! and let me know if you have a (some) favorite(s)!
P.S. The only 100%, for sure, must-plant plant in this space are nasturtiums... yeah, yeah, they're not perennial and they like shade, but in the summer, they're so darned cute and nummy!