Every spring as I contemplate what will be planted in Annual Alley this season, it’s like getting a new box of crayons. Which colors to use? Should I go with just a few complimentary shades, or should I go wild and dip into every color in the box? The possibilities are endless and exciting.
Last year I used Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’, annual blue and red Salvias, green Nicotiana, Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ and Cut-and-Come-Again Zinnias. The crayon box was short on yellow and orange shades, however.
So it’s not surprising that this year I’m leaning toward orange. Tithonia, specifically. I’m picturing the tall Tithonia towering over a sea of blue salvia and Ageratum, with the climbing/trailing varieties of Nasturtium underneath. I also ordered some new yellow cosmos seeds but it’s hard to know how vigorous these will be. What do you think? Does it need a shot of purple foliage? Lime green? Verbena bonariensis?
Which crayon to use? Or perhaps the savoring of all the colors, as yet unplanted, is the best part of this planning season.