It's the most COLORFUL time of the year! Eye candy abounds as nurseries are stocked with every possible combination of beautiful blooms. And just like sugar, it is hard to resist rows and rows of colors, shapes and sizes for infinite combinations that delight the senses. As a recovering plant addict whose addiction began while selling plants at the local garden center years ago, I can tell you it is a hard habit to kick at this time of year.
Since there are more choices than ever, it can be helpful to consider where you invest your seasonal planting dollar. For every plant purchased there is an obligation to feed and water that plant so placement makes all the difference in maintenance. I ask clients where they spend the most time outside so that they gain the most benefit. If you enjoy the constant color that annuals provide as compared to the sequential color of perennials, then be sure to include annuals that can support bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Fuchsia, Lantana, Nicotiana, Pentas, and Salvia are just a few that become a destination for your favorite winged things!