Thirty years ago most annuals were planted in lines with the lowest growing in front, the tallest in the back and all others stair-stepped in the middle. Although these bands of color are pretty, garden design has changed and now many people want a looser, more natural look for their gardens. We still want the flower power that annuals provide, mind you…but there is interest in having a less linear, formal appearance. There is no wrong or right here. Nowhere is “to each his own” (or her own) more appropriate than in the garden. But as you plan your plantings for the coming season, consider these looks.
In my annual alley I have been planting most annuals about twelve to eighteen inches apart. I usually add a few climbing nasturtiums on the edges and these scramble around through the mix and fill the pathway by the end of summer. I haven’t decided what I’m going to grow in this area this year…but I do know that the plants I choose won’t be planted from low to high!
How do you like your annuals planted? Do you lean toward the formal or the field?