How about 'Homestead Purple' verbena?
Also gaillardia. There's a reason it's called "blanket flower."
my blanket flowers bloomed beautifully the year i planted them and failed to come back the next year! they were my new favorite plant and then my new least favorite plant a summer apart! i was so upset they didnt come back!
There's no reason your plants should not have come back in Atlanta, Carla. I'd give them another try.
Try cone flowers. They come back every year and are low maintenance. We have purple ones. I have seeds
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I am going with the verbena, Homestead series
Happy planting, Tracey.