Texas Gardening Suggestions

Texas Gardening Suggestions

Hi everyone! This is my first post, and I'm hoping that you all can help me out with a landscaping/gardening dilemma. I'm looking for some flowering plants to give some color to my front yard, but I haven't had much luck getting things to grow. Does anyone have any suggestions for flowers in the red to maroon/burgandy range that would grow well in a partial shade flowerbed in Texas (zone 8B)? A bonus if it's a perennial or otherwise easy plant for a beginner.
Azalea

Azalea

Help ID’ing

Help ID’ing

Finally, some warmer weather in central FL!

Finally, some warmer weather in central FL!

6:30am taking pictures of the garden.

6:30am taking pictures of the garden.

A question of sweet potatoes.

A question of sweet potatoes.

Strange season

Strange season