"As part of this project, our StreetCare teams have planted floral displays of yellow marigolds and blue salvia
's underneath the sculptures to mimic the water of the Dee running through the Cheshire Plains.
A great way to fill large spaces quickly is the attention-getting Big Blue Salvia
, with spires that continuously bloom from July into the fall, with little care needed.
It's possible that most gardeners have not considered partnering annual salvias like Saucy with perennial salvias like Golden Delicious pineapple sage, the Mysty Blue salvia
, or the supercharged Black and Bloom.
Tenders are invited for gold edge duranta, red bronze begonia, green prelude white begonia, pink bronze begonia, whopper red with bronze leaf begonia, sally fun blue salvia
, compact lilac sunpatien (us pp 19,392), compact electric orange sunpatien (us ppaf), safari yellow marigoldlucky yellow lantana, angelonia angelmist spreading white, angelonia archangel purple, little lucky hot pink lantana, fantasia red geranium.
But I wasn't completely done with the sunny side - my very favourite flowers for pots, some gorgeous blue salvia
spires, set beside some agapanthus (African lilies) and exquisite white patio rose flanked with pink cosmos complete the picture.
Annuals such as blue salvia
and rows of bright magenta petunias add pops of season-long color and fill in a buffer zone Simone has left around the perennials.
Other patriotic planting suggestions on the RHS website (www.rhs.org.uk) include red, white and blue sweet peas, red salvia splendens, red and white tobacco plants and blue salvia
Pair it Vivid orange-flowered types look good with Echinacea 'Hot Lava' and blue Salvia
farinacea; hot pink ones with white sweet alyssum and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', or chartreuse 'Margarita' sweet potato vine.
In others it is all blues, mauves, gentle pinks and white, found in catmint, Russian sage, blue salvia
and the more quietly coloured cosmos.
Yet another stunning blue salvia
is Salvia transylvanica, whose flowers are fashioned in the form of large pincers.
Some suggestions for suitable plants are hostas, ornamental grasses, sedum, sage and hydrangeas, delphinium, iris, mint, artemisia, phlox, nicotiana, blue salvia
, lamb's ears, lavender, allium and butterfly bush.
The Black and Blue salvia
has exotic-shaped flowers and will be a great stand-alone border plant.