We live in Sacramento so the weather can get very hot during the summer. We are doing our backyard over and I would like an Asian feel - calm, serene. I would like the yard to be low maintenance and plants that will be drought tolerant. Also, would like plants to eventually grow to hide the fence. A landscaper suggested camellia sasangua, which when fully grown would reach 4'- 5' and Rhododendrons (purplish or purplish red) to be placed in front of the fence. The other suggested plants are Liriope muscari, Azalea - Gumpo Pink, Asparagus densielorus (meyer), Ophiopogon japonica (dwarf), and Helxine soleirolii.
How well do these plants grow? And will we be picking up dead flowers often?. Thanks in Advance