My List Of Underused Annuals/Perennials
Please add to this...I could always use more suggestions:
-4 o'clocks a.: They grow about anywhere, take very poor soil and do not need a lot of water. Their pastel colors are very beautiful in the mornings and evenings. I start them from seed about 2 weeks before they go outside. They're also easy to overwinter- just dig their tuber-like roots and store in vermiculite in a cool place.
-Heliotrope a.: Absolutely beatiful foliage and nice smelling purpal bunched flowers- likes am sun/afternoon shade.
-Elephant ears a.: Great in wet shade or in large pots on a shaded patio or deck. They love fertilizer and lots of water. The leaves are easily 2 feet wide- if you want a conversation starter -grow these guys.
-Moss rose a.- I like growing this on the very front edge of a hot border- last year I did a double white flowering variety (all one color) everyone was asking what kind of flower it was. The white was especially eye catching off the edge of the sidewalk. It likes full sun/fast draining soil and is relatively trouble free.
-False indigo p.- This is a great plant that gets bushy very quickly. The flowers look a little like lupines in late spring- and it has great folliage. It likes to be neglected- I saw some growing in gravel underneath pine trees in downtown mpls!