|Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' with Coleus.|
I like Coleus with Anemone 'Honorine Jobert', whe white-flowered fall bloomer that lightens up a semi-shady section of the garden. It looks great alone, but even better with some coleus in the background.
Nothing adds punch to a bunch of Phlox better than a group of Zinnias. Phlox 'David's Lavender' is a great mildew-resistant variety that tends to look bluer next to true red. This was evidenced by the addition of a few red Zinnias in its viewing zone. Creating combinations doesn't always have to involve adjacent plantings. It's enough to have the partnership in the same sightline, as shown in the photo of the Zinnias in the foreground with the Phlox in the background.
One of the longest blooming annuals I've enjoyed this summer has been Cleome 'Seniorita Blanca.' As I tend to do, I planted it where I had space. And since space is tight, it rubbed elbows with several neighbors, two of which were Echinacea and Geranium 'Rozanne'.
And finally, if you've subscribed to the belief that the best gardeners don't buy annuals, please consider changing your beliefs. You'll get lots more color throughout the season, continuing opportunity for change, and the kind of diversity you wouldn't get if you stuck with just perennials.
|Bright red Zinnias punch up Phlox 'David's Lavender'.|
|Cleome 'Seniorita Blanca' brings out the color of Echinacea|
and Geranium 'Rozanne'.
Oh - and one more thing - I've never seen a bee sleep as peacefully as I did this summer on my patch of Coleus 'Wasabi'.
Maybe he was dreaming of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.