Why do people love bedding plants so much?
Every summer visit I make to my client D.'s house in the western part of Toronto called Etobicoke, I spend a few minutes at James Gardens nearby. Why? I can be assured that the flower beds will assault my retinas with electric blasts of yellow, pink, and orange foliage and petals. A little masochistic, I admit, but after tending a few "white and green only!" gardens, a little colour therapy is helpful to jolt the creative juices. So, if you are blessed/cursed with a ton of space, full sun and deep pockets, follow the lead of the Gardens' planners and go Victorian with these bedding annuals I seen used (the list is not comprehensive, I'm sure I missed some): catharanthus, celosia, angelonia, zinnia, canna, salvia, gerbera daisies, gloriosa daisies, gazania, ricinus.
|The castor bean plants are always impressive with their foliage|
|Same feeling with the dark cannas!|
|Coleus in full sun, with the requisite irrigation system in place|
|Pink and yellow, pink and yellow....|
|Why I love lantana!|
|Softer pastels with the Russian sage and pink hibiscus|
|Late summer means Perovskia, Hydrangea paniculata, Echinacea, Hibiscus|
By Paul Jung, author of "garden muses: a Toronto gardening blog" Google Google Find us on Google+ Find us on Google+