Acacia / Dusty miller Eucalyptus / Globe amaranth
/ Millet Ornamental cabbage Peppermint tree / Privet Queen Anne's lace / Snapdragon
All of her 100 seed varieties--including a pale blush Scabiosa, 30 colors of sweet peas, and a custom color blend of globe amaranth
, shown here--are tried-and-true (and tried again) performers.
(To produce instant color for a special event, use 4-inch plants.) Try ageratum, bedding dahlias, globe amaranth
, impatiens, lobelia, Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), marigold, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, Sanvitalia, statice, sunflower, sweet alyssum, and zinnia.
For sunny spots, choose from cosmos, garden verbena, globe amaranth
, Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus), marigolds, portulaca, gentian sage, 'Victoria' mealycup sage, scarlet sage, sunflower, and zinnias.
Four to six weeks before the average date of the last frost in your area, start seeds indoors of drought-tolerant warm-season flowers such as coreopsis, globe amaranth
, lion's tail (Leonotis leonurus), and rudbeckia.
When they start looking ragged, pull them out and replant beds and containers with heat-loving annuals such as gazania, globe amaranth
, gloriosa daisy, Madagascar periwinkle, marigold, petunia, portulaca, sunflower, and zinnia.
Zones 7-9, 14-17: Set out sixpacks or 4-inch plants of ageratum, coreopsis, dahlia, gaillardia, globe amaranth
, impatiens, lobelia, Madagascar periwinkle (vinca), marigold, nicotiana, penstemon, perennial statice, petunia, phlox, portulaca, salvia, sanvitalia, sunflower, sweet alyssum, torenia, verbena, and zinnia.
Four to six weeks before the average date of the last frost in your area, start seeds indoors for warm-season annuals (ageratum, celosia, coleus, globe amaranth
, and marigold) and vegetables (eggplant, melon, pepper, squash, and tomato).