‘Victoria Blue’ Salvia
Lacy, upright wands of regal blue. A sun-lover to use at the back or middle of a bed to give shorter plants a backdrop. Or plant it against bold-hued blooms with large flower heads, such as petunias or zinnias, which also need full sun.
‘Dragon Wing’ Begonia
The lovely drape of the waxy blooms and angled leaves makes it perfect for hanging. And since it likes shade, you can use it to liven up dim spots such as under an eave at your front porch or hanging from a shepherd’s hook under trees.
Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’
The chartreuse blooms are a gorgeous foil alongside blues, purples, or magentas. Most zinnias need full hot sun; this one can take a little less of it. Try planting them with deep-purple petunias, heliotrope, or verbena for a striking color combo.
A short, fragrant mass of tiny flowers, often white or purple. It takes partial shade to full sun (read the plant label). Plant this anywhere you want a frothy, low-growing carpet to edge flowerbeds, ramble around rocks, border a flowerbed, or fill in around other plants.
It’s the delightful scent that lifts this annual to must-have status; the fragrance has been described variously as vanilla- or cherry-pie-like. This midsize (roughly 2-foot) plant has deep purple, compact flowers that attract butterflies.
When combining flowers in your yard or even in a pot, the first thing to consider is their sunlight requirements. Place shade plants with shade plants, sun-lovers with others that need full sun. The land in-between is fertile ground for a wonderful array of combos.