Most garden magazines that I've read will tell you to include annuals in the garden, especially for a new garden while it's filling in, and for more blooms while the perennials are resting. But I rarely purchase annuals, except for containers. I consider it a waste of money, time, effort, and love.
So, annuals are often overlooked by me. But I have a new area in my garden, and while shopping for plants, I came across some petunias. Petunias are not that exciting. However, they are very reliable, so I picked up some pink ones for a container planting.
Then I saw these:
'Black Velvet' petunias. Now, this is exciting! I've placed these petunias in the garden bed, next to the rose 'Lion's Fairy Tale'.
Isn't that gorgeous? It's really hard to get a picture of the two together, the contrast is so wide.
And since I got a black petunia, of course, I had to pick up 'White Madness', too.
And paired it with 'Cupcake' miniature rose. What a delightful pair!
These petunias are doing exactly what annuals are supposed to do. Filling in a new garden, and extending the blooms while my perennials are resting. They are prolific bloomers in this heat wave we are having. I could not be more pleased.
I will be sorry to say goodbye to them this winter. Perhaps those magazines were right all along.
Do you have petunias in your garden?