For Michelle, editor of Gardenista, the springtime evokes such euphoria “that it’s nearly impossible to believe I’ll ever have to live in a post-peony world.” Once June comes around, though, “it’s time to fill – fast – all those big holes the spring bloomers left behind.”
Here, Michelle describes five of her favorites – annuals and a few perennials for a temperate zone. To read her entire list, go to 10 Easy Pieces: Instant Gratification Blooms on Gardenista.
Above: Cleome practically explodes, growing from a seedling to a 5 foot tall preener by August. Although it’s an annual, you’ll probably not need to buy cleome twice; it enthusiastically self sows and will try, next year, to claim the garden for itself. To keep it corralled, pull out unruly volunteers before they develop thick, spiky stalks. A packet of Cleome, Queen Mixed Colors seeds is $3.95 from Burpee. Image via What’s Blooming.