Drought-resistant perennials

Hello everyone;
Last week-end, we removed two overgrown lilac and spirea shrubs which were almost totally obstructing the view from a south-facing bow window.
Now that we can see outside again, we need to replant the area with mid-sized perennials (2 feet high max.). The bed will be approx. 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, and because it will be right next to the house's foundations, the plants must be able to survive on God's water only.
The area can best be described as part sun, part shade (more lilacs on each side of the bow window).
Any suggestions?
LD, Zone 4 (Ottawa, ON)
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it is a really good idea not to plant right up against the wall and the foundation. move the plants out to the 2' limit and plant there. Ingrid
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