Magazine article Sunset

A Few Months, a Few Dollars, a Lot of Color

Magazine article Sunset

A Few Months, a Few Dollars, a Lot of Color

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Three months and seven dollars' worth of seeds are all it took to grow the billowy mounds of color pictured here. Plants chosen for this easy flower border are fast blooming, water thrifty, and sun loving. For similar quick results with minimal fuss and expense, plan early and choose plants wisely. We list 14 reliable growers that are fast to flower and require relatively little water; half are perennials that will give you a head start on next year's garden.

The border shown on the previous pages, grown in a mild-winter area of northern California, used both annuals and perennials for a color-laden show through summer and fall. The perennials--'Blue Queen' salvia, purple coneflower, and yarrow--bloom the first year when grown from seed. The next year they'll grow from the roots, forming a permanent portion of the landscape. Annuals included white brachy-come, bright yellow Dahlberg daisy, and rosy pink lavatera.

Start now by studying seed catalogs; some are listed at right. They provide plenty of information on when and how to start the seeds, and where

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to plant. Many catalogs mark varieties that are especially easy to grow. …

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