If I had it to do over...

If I could turn back time to mid-May, here is what I would have done:

  1. Plant seeds of Mirabilis longiflora a month earlier. I planted the seed, which I'd purchased from Select Seeds, in late June/early July and they're just now starting to bloom.
  2. Plant Celosia Flamingo Feather in the ground instead of in pots. They're just too big and crowded out the other plants I'd mixed them with.
  3. Avoid planting Zinnia 'Gumdrop Candy', a supposedly crested variety, which, while attractively-colored, looks nothing like the photos on Select Seeds' site.
And in mid-June, I would have:
  1. Given Monarda 'Raspberry Wine' a second shearing. It grew so tall, and looked great during the first dry weeks, but went down like a fast-acting cop in a tv show gunfight after the first heavy rainfall.
  2. Gotten rid of Panicum 'Heavy Metal', a beautiful plant that doesn't get enough sun where it's planted and is now leaning over all adjacent plants.
  3. Reinforced deer prentive options. Who knew the little darlings would continue to visit my garden throughout the entire summer.
And as always by now, I have a list of new plants or newly-blooming plants I can't do without:
  1. Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball'
  2. Angelonia 'Serena Blue'
  3. Hydrangea arborescens 'Incrediball' with the flowerhead of
    Hydrangea arborescens 'Invincibelle Spirit'
    providing the pink accents.
  4. Petunia 'Easy Wave Violet'

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