Walkway full of colorful annuals

Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting the Pamplin Family Winery in Sherwood. It's an extensive property that includes the winery, but also boasts a theater, art museum, the family chapel, and even a Japanese garden. With an estate like that, you can bet they take care in their landscaping, and it really shows!

The house on the property that is used for various events includes a beautiful rose garden surrounded by boxwood, but it was the bedding annuals that festooned the walkways that really caught my eye! Here in the summer sun, I saw cosmos surrounded by red snapdragons. I found yellow zinnias interspersed with small hot pink calibrachoa, and larger purple petunias. The use of white lobelia provided just enough rest for my eye before passing me on to the next burst of color. It was really quite an effective use of bedding annuals, and a beautiful way to welcome spring visitors to the Winery. I could have easily pulled up a chair, a good book, and sat in the sun just admiring this gardener's forethought of how all these annuals would look together.

So as you look to add big color to your garden this spring, consider all the unique combinations that can be made from the smallest of beginnings.