I have Tropicana cannas in the back which should grow 3+ feet tall and have wide richly-colored striped leaves. If you click to make the pic larger, you can see the cannas beginning. They will have bright orange flowers. The canna is the focal point of the barrel -- or will (hopefully) be at some point. The pot of orangey marigolds is just temporary. It will be removed when the cannas begin to fulfill their duties.
I have used Spilanthes (also called eyeball, peek a boo, or toothache plant) in front of the tall yellow daisies. Off to the left side is the bright yellow cascading 'biden' flowers. In the front I have the 'parrot's beak' which will also have orange flowers and a blackish ipomea. I hope to have what the garden designer's are currently calling a "sophisticated" color scheme.
I call it "using what you have (the big cannas) to frugally fill a whiskey barrel".
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.