Here's what: Pride of Barbados (by far the winner); catmint (in purple, tho not prolifically now; but our cat does love to roll in it);
sunflowers (we took most of them out of our median, but it was amazing how long these guys lasted);
morning glory (of course they curl up during the day);
society garlic (just keeps on going, unlike the rest of us who are all wilting),
and beds of yellow lantana, which get almost no water.
Here's what's not making it: our banana plant (actually, too sad to show pictured). Too much pm sun and I'm unwilling to pour water on it, which it begs for; I'm debating whether to just let it die, or move it somewhere else, but where?
So the quest continues: what to shade the west side of our screened in porch with? I'm thinking a crossvine, but I have to look for a simple grating, and be handy enough to install it next to a screen wall, that will need replacing now and then.