Robin Thistle sent in these images from her New Jersey garden.
I have been gardening for 40 years and always had a passion for plants, inspired by my father‘s farming family, my sisters, Fine Gardening, and recently Garden Answers.
My favorite plants this year were a couple of show-stopping 6-foot-tall King Tut papyrus (Cyperus papyrus King Tut®, Zones 9–11), Wicked Witch coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides Wicked Witch™, annual), ‘Lemon Coral’ sedum (Sedum mexicanum ‘Lemon Coral’, Zones 7–10), Playing the Blues salvia (Salvia hybrid, Zones 8–10), and a first-time variety pack of dahlias (Dahlia variabilis, Zones 8–10) given to me by my son and daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day.
Huge King Tut papyrus in pots flanking the front walk make a dramatic statement on the way up to the house. Two plantings of ‘Lemon Coral’ sedum in front add a bright yellow-green color that almost looks like patches of sunlight.
Wicked Witch coleus has beautiful frilled leaf margins edged in green. The annual plantings here are backed by perennials and shrubs for long-lasting beauty.
A look up at one of the King Tut papyrus shows its unusual structure. This is a water-loving plant that can grow happily in standing water, ponds, or bogs. If you like the look but this variety is too big for your garden, check out some of the smaller selections that are available.
A spectacular dahlia, beautiful in the garden or as a cut flower. At the end of the season, the tubers can be dug and stored for the winter for replanting next year. (See our video guide on how to do that.)
Freely mixing annuals, perennials, and shrubs is a great way to get a garden that looks good all year. The annuals provide intense color during the warm months against the steady backdrop of the shrubs and perennials.
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