I have the Perennial Border all planned, each individual plant. (See my post from January 23, 2014, https://timshalagardens.com/2014/01/23/the-perennial-border-plants-at-last-and-their-seasonal-interest/)
But I’m having trouble locating some of the plants I want to use. And some will be too expensive to buy in the quantities I need (at least in a size that will give the effect I want this year.) However I now realize that there is another way to get masses of planned color, in large sweeps without waiting and without huge expense: annuals.
Annuals in a Perennial Border? Yes indeed. I just have to stop thinking of it as a Perennial Border and instead realize that what I want there is a Flowering Border. There. I did it. Just changed the name.
So this week I am sowing seeds! There are some wonderfully tall, hardy flowering annuals which can be sown in December/January through March/April, and bloom this summer. Poppies, for example. And Cleome (I think – I have heard conflicting recommendations. If anyone has information I would be grateful). And Larkspur, Cosmos, Zinnias, Sunflowers.
This also gives me an opportunity to try some plants I’m not familiar with. For example, I’ve ordered seeds for Melinis nerviglumis, Ruby Grass, which should grow to about 2’ tall, with a pink spike flower in July/August, which waves in the breeze. (And we have lots and lots of ‘breeze’)
So this year, one way or another, I’m going to have flowers. Then, in the spring I will start putting in a lot of the perennials that will take over the flowering job eventually.