For beautiful, bountiful borders, consider adding lots of annuals for cutting. When grown from seed they are very affordable, and if you keep cutting them for bouquets they will keep producing nectar-rich flowers that draw bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds all season. Many of my favorite seedy annuals were also favorites of homesteaders in the late 1800s.
Here are four annuals that add tremendous color and can take the heat and wildfire smoke (cough, cough). They are on the drought-tolerant side, and three of them are found in the wilds of the intermountain states.
Lanceleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata, Zones 4–9)
Also called tickseed, Coreopsis lanceolata can stand 3 feet tall but stays about 12 inches tall under most conditions. It provides lots of school-bus-yellow blooms, loves the heat, and doesn’t care if it’s on the dry side. This plant is a happy-go-lucky reseeder, and it’s simple to gather the seeds when they are…
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