It's no secret that flowerbed design is always evolving! Two current trends are incorporating pollinator-friendly plants and intermixing species as opposed to planting in formal rows. In the example below, two seemingly unrelated flowers are featured - Tropical Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) 'Silky Formula Mix' and Gomphrena 'Fireworks.' Upon closer inspection they display similar size and vigor, and both have a light and airy stem and flower habit. Mix them together and what a color impact you have!
The Asclepias has the added benefit of being specifically attractive to butterflies. Many Monarchs were observed on the plants at the research trials.
It's a great thing when we can color our world in addition to providing beneficial plants to our insect friends. If you are interested in pollinators, the native Butterfly Weed is a great addition to a perennial garden.
We run the annual and perennial flower trials for Kansas State University