Over the years I've found favorites plants I especially like for the planters and baskets but always like to try something new that growers come up with. I did dahlias last year and was disappointed but think it's because of where they were planted. I didn't dig them last Fall and when I do this Spring I think I'll just divide them and replant them in the same spot just to see if that was the problem.
Favorites, Australian Star flower and California poppies
and Pirate's Beak and always a ton of Lobelia
Also thinking about replacing the magnolia bush with something smaller. It's in front of one of the living room windows and if left untrimmed will grow to 10' tall and wide, which I don't want. It's a great haven for birds in the summer but maybe a small evergreen instead. I'd really like more things that didn't lose leaves and leave the yard looking so stark and barren for 6 months of the year. That and the fact that yard work isn't as appealing to me as it used to be, I need it in smaller doses...and thanx to my "yard boy" that's how I do it now. (I love my yard boy....who just happens to be my son Randy.)