We had a large fountain at church surrounded by coleus in shade last year. A storm took out the tree, the tree took out the fountain. I now have a sunny flower bed.
I would like to grow something that will visually look like sort of like a fountain, 3 levels of plants. I have tentatively decided on orange zinnias as the middle plant and red wave petunias as the floor level. I would like a bright yellow (I think) taller plant as the centerpiece, but can't think of what plant to use.
I know this is a container forum, but you all have such wonderful skills putting plants together I thought perhaps you could make suggestions.
I am also open to totally different plants, the only requirement is nearly full sun.
Drumlin, I've looked at the grass, but we have several other areas with tall grass so I'm not sure I want to repeat that. Pirl and Cindy, the cannas sound interesting, that would work even without the flowers at first. My petunias are the spreading kind, the zinnias are supposed to be 18-24 inches, so I think that will work. Yellow Salvia has been on my maybe list, I have a large pot that could raise them up in the center.
Hubby and I have been changing the beds over to perennials out away from the courtyard, and until the tree came down had a solid background base of different hosta, we use annuals for color. This bed is the main interest so I really do want it to be bright. The coleus last year were amazing, I was so sad to see that bed crashed under a huge oak.
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll think I'll head out and look at the cannas.
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