To create this bed, place a stake at the inside corner of the existing bed and attach a string to it. Stretch the string to one corner. Then swing the taut string across the lawn to the other corner, and mark this arc with spray paint. The result is a deeper bed with a gentle curve. Remove sod, build the edging, and prepare the area with garden soil, compost and soil conditioner.
Remember, tropical plants start small but grow fast in rich soil accompanied by moisture, heat and humidity. Zinnias and sunflowers last longer if you cut the flowers often. When the plants start looking tired, pull them out and replant them for a second round.
A) Abyssinian banana (Ensete ventricosum)
B) 'Lemon Queen' sunflowers (Helianthus anuus)
C) Ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium)
E) Sweet basil
F) Variegated creeping lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus 'Variegata')
G) 'Bright Lights' Swiss chard