Time To Plant
Yellow and purple look good together, so I chose primarily yellow/golden/chartreuse annuals for one side of the path and purple/magenta ones for the other. It turned out great. Here are some of my star plants. You can buy and grow them throughout the South.
- ‘Serena Purple’ angelonia: The best annual, period. Spikes of purplish-blue flowers, resembling snapdragons, appear continuously until a hard freeze in fall. Grows 15 to 18 inches tall, tolerates drought, and doesn’t need cutting back or deadheading. Plant in sun.
- ‘Shock Wave Purple’ petunia: A prostrate, almost vining petunia featuring hundreds of gaudy magenta blooms. One plant spreads 4 feet. Flowers nonstop until late summer and tolerates drought. Doesn’t like being cut back. Plant in sun.
- Persian shield: Striking foliage plant resembling coleus. Variegated, iridescent leaves are pink and silver above, bright purple underneath. Grows 4 feet tall. Plant in sun or part sun.
- ‘Classic’ narrow-leaf zinnia: Dozens of small yellow, golden, or orange blooms smother this 1-foot-tall plant all summer. Doesn’t need deadheading and tolerates drought. Plant in sun or part sun.
- ‘Golden Moon’ wishbone flower: Golden blooms with burgundy centers appear from spring through fall. Grows 10 inches tall. Plant in shade or light shade.
- Dwarf yellow croton: Variegated yellow-and-green, narrow, twisted leaves. Grows slowly to 1 foot tall. Plant in sun or part sun.
- ‘Alabama Sunset’ coleus: Shrubby plant grows 3 feet tall. Raspberry-colored leaves with gold centers. Plant in sun or part sun.