Hot Lips Salvia

This annual perennial that keeps flying off the tables at every nursery has something that others don’t.  What is the secret?  How has it bewitched so many level-headed gardeners?  They keep coming back year after year.  They say “I love this plant, hummingbirds love this plant, plants love this plant.  But it died.  It didn’t come back, It’s gone!”  It doesn’t matter, the people keep … Continue reading Hot Lips Salvia

Outstanding Annuals: Marigolds

  The french marigold, Tagetes patula, is a sunny flower Native to South America that grows easily with adequate light and water.  Some may say they have been around forever and they are too common.  Take a close up view and notice how they pop with color.  Like an orange cup coral, they liven up their surroundings with a rich glow.  They grow 6-18 inches … Continue reading Outstanding Annuals: Marigolds

Outstanding Annuals: Cosmos

This bright flower is one of my favorites.  Words to describe?  Light, delicate, ruffled, tissue-paper, soft and cheerful.  I like the contrast of the wide smooth petals with the fine, feathery foliage.  The best part is the blooms continue all summer and into the fall.  Such great value at so little a price.  The plants in the photo above I purchased for just under $2.00 … Continue reading Outstanding Annuals: Cosmos