My friend Joell, knowing of my supersophisticated (more like pseudosophisticated) opinion that annuals are tacky, cautiously showed me her garden last week. Unruly riot of color, sure. More than one yellow in the same border, yep. Pink and red within shouting distance, check. And it’s the best-looking garden I’ve seen all month.
With regular watering but no fertilization, these beds and the well trained poodle Edgar look good enough for the snobbiest of gardeners (that would be me). They sure as hell look better than my own tasteful beds, where the only blooms on display are the fading purple coneflowers and a smattering of color on the Knockout roses.
So the fantacizing for next year has begun and I know just the place for a mass of annual color in my borders – amongst the ruins of early summer-blooming perennials. Annuals in my garden – not just for pots anymore.
Want more color? Here’s more from Joell’s little oasis. The zinnias in the sidebar photo are hers, too. Just don’t leave before you enlarge the photo of Edgar and admire his good looks. And you can get news about his career as a performer here.Posted by Susan Harris on September 3, 2006 at 3:32 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.