You can test your own soil! Take two separate cups and add your soil sample to each. In one add vinegar and the other add some water, stir and add baking soda. If nothing at all happens your soil is some what PH balanced.
My grandmother's favorite--Lantana is so easy to grow. It attracts butterflies, loves sun and can tolerate drought. Good watering results in a showy and large plant. Freezes to the ground in winter but returns year after year.
Muhly Grass never had it so good! This ultra-rugged, ultra-tough native grass is topped in late summer and fall by enormous plumes of cotton-candy pink, as airy as puffballs, as showy as the most elegant bloom!
Golden Japanese Forest Grass - I really cannot get over Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', zones 5 to My favorite is the variegated variety. I planted mine under a Japanese maple, and the contrast was genius and it has so much movement.
Bunny Tails - (Lagurus ovatus) Great ornamental grass for children and adults alike. It is hard to resist touching the fluffy flower head, as soft as a bunny’s tail! Easy to grow, very drought tolerant once established.
COTTON CANDY Anything! Think pink! Cotton Candy Pompous Grass - withstands heat, humidity, poor soil and even drought. Very easy to grow, it reaches a mature height of feet tall and gets feet wide. Grows in all U.S zones.