One of my most successful and unusual plantings was a “hedge” of Redbor kale and cardoons, shown here in early summer. I used white petunias to keep things interesting early on, while the kale and cardoons were getting started. In addition, I mixed in some pink-flowering agastache, which had lots of small flowers held on long stems by midsummer.
My house is on a fairly busy street, so I like to do something special with the strip of garden that borders the sidewalk. I plant tulip bulbs for a spring show, but summer is reserved for annuals.
That little strip is where I exercise my creativity. Some years, it works well, although there are disappointments, too. But that’s the thing about annuals: they’re annual. You get to try something new every year.
To guide my creativity, I pick a theme and go from there. Sometimes, it’s a color. One year I tried using foliage plants. This year, I’m going for a theme of marigolds as part of our Marigold Makeover. Once I get it planted, I’ll post photos of this year’s garden there.
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Not one of my most successful themes: yellow and chartreuse. It looks a bit shabby here in October, but the colors were strong and the plants grew abundantly. Plants include lime-green elephant ear, Envy zinnias, yellow petunias, chartreuse coleus and green nicotiana. I’d add some hot pink geraniums or petunias if I were to do it again.