|Zinnia 'Candy Mix' with Rudbeckia hirta and|
Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'. August 2011
Planting annuals is somewhat like playing with a box of crayons and cans of molding clay. I color the garden according to my latest taste in color schemes and shapes. I love the creativity and flexibility of changing the garden with annuals.
While I use annuals in my meadow gardens, it is the cottage garden where I have the most fun. Sitting on the front porch, I overlook the cottage garden and ponder many different ideas to try in the future. I get inspired and excited about what to grow next year!
|A purple Persian Shield provides a dark background|
for the delicate and pale yellow California Poppies. May 2011
|Same Persian Shield. Poppies replaced by a container (out of rabbit reach) of|
Gomphrena (and Million Bells in same purple, not seen). August 2011
|Sweet Alyssum (white and fragrant) is the perfect|
annual edger and ground cover. August 2011
|Tall lilac, pink, dark purple spires of larkspur back up|
the perennial daylilies and heliotrope.
In the mix, there are also pods of annual blue nigella and
blooms of bachelor's buttons. June 2011
Unfortunately, there was a casualty of recent rain storms. The huge castor bean "tree" planted against the stone chimney was beaten and broken. I ended up pulling the poor annual that had stood gloriously through the drought and high temps. Just as the red seed pods were ripening and beautiful, the plant, and all of the seeds are now gone. So easy to grow from seeds and such a great architectural annual, I'll reserve the chimney spot in 2012 for another castor bean. Next time, I'll put supports around the plant before the summer storms do their worst!
|This 2011 castor bean was grown from the seeds|
of the 2010 plant...that was grown from seeds
shared by Helen Yoest in 2009. July 2011
Grown from seeds sown in the fall:
- Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella)
- Bachelor's buttons/cornflowers
- California poppies
- Peony poppies
- Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue' (annual/tender perennial)
- Verbena 'Imagination'
Seeds sown in spring for summer blooms:
- Rudbeckia hirta (big success and will try more varieties)
- Zinnia ('Bennary Giant' and 'Magellan' are truly wonderful)
- Alyssum (growing white, but want to try more colors)
- Hyacinth bean
- Castor Bean
Annuals that I purchase as small plants:
- Persian Shield
- Gomphrena (used only in a container due to rabbits)
- Million Bells (used only in container)
- Cosmos (rabbits eat young seedlings unless using the orange variety)
|Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Deer and rabbit resistance varies based upon the animal population and availability of food. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.|