The garden’s alive with daylily joy and the hostas are going mad with flowers, too. The containers that flank my front door and steps continue to greet me daily with flower color. I think annuals add an additional layer of exuberance of color and happiness. I find using them in containers the easiest to maintain as they need a bit more water than the landscape’ s perennials flowering plants. Large containers allow room for combining plants for added color impact and don’t dry out so fast. Except for heat waves, I only need to water 2-3 times a week. I choose plants for how they combine together. Form is important–some carry the height, some the drape. Contrast in color and form dictates combinations as well. And, color that works with my house, front door, and the gardens nearby carry the landscape’s color theme. Lots of fun!