I'm trying to find the right mix of plants between the walkway and the exterior wall of the house as you can see in the picture below. There are a few palm trees so there is not a lot of direct light falling in this spot.
The previous homeowner had planted a couple of rose bushes (center) that I don't mind getting rid of - they're alive but that's about it. The other two on the side are either dead (rightmost) or almost dead with a few leaves (leftmost).
I'm in USDA hardiness zone 10b / Sunset climate zone 23. I'd like to replace these with a set of plants that: - would work in the shade - have some color - waterwise / somewhat drought tolerant
Maybe a mix of some taller plants at the back with some smaller ones (like the moses-in-the-cradle I saw at HomeDepot) in the wider spots in front?
I tried looking at colorful, drought-tolerant plants online but I don't have a green thumb so not sure how easily they would take, care needed etc.
Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
Edit: The 'drought-tolerant' is a nice to have, the watering schedule is currently set up for 2-3x a week. So as long as the plants don't require a lot of water, that would be fine.
Edit 2: In response to Stormy's question, here are some more images of the front walkway area. I'm afraid there is no 'yard' (real estate is $$$$ here in southern Cal). Apologies in advance for what is now a very lengthy post
There's 3, maybe 4 areas we will "update" over the next year or two.
Image A: This is from the house looking out to the street. The area outlined on the left is where we hope to put Hibiscus or Hibiscus + Bougainvillea next spring. Purpose is to also form a barrier as my next-door neighbor has an overgrown/unkept backyard and does the bare minimum in the front to keep the HOA off his back. At the same time, the wife likes Hibiscus flowers so dual purpose.
There's the area on the right that was covered earlier.
Image B: Same view but from the other side, for a close up of some the plants in the front left.
Image C: Close up of the center area. I removed a dead plant from the left, and this is where I'm hoping to put in a Canna tropical. The other side has what seems to be lifeless rose bush.
Image D: The front. As you can see, the previous homeowner allowed the ground cover to take over, either by choice or otherwise. Not against the ground cover but I have not yet seen those two small bushes flower. (Maybe they do so in early spring, as they look exactly the same since we bought the place)
Image E: Close up of the last bit. There's a succulent, a hydrangea that is peeking out from the back, some tall grass that needs to be cleared up :) and etc.
In a nutshell, I'm open to ripping most of these out over the next couple of years and putting in something that works, looks cohesive but at the same time is colorful & leafy/tropical.
I realize this may be a bigger question than what's possible to answer easily, hence recommendations for any one area is appreciated as well.
I am hoping to take on one area at a time (side of the house, center, and neighbor), wait until it settles and survives and then move on.
Thanks for reading till the end!