3. Spring Bulbs Are Easy To Rearrange and Change Up Each Year!
Many summer-blooming bulbs, like Dahlias, Gladiolus, and Caladium, are annuals. This means that in areas where the ground freezes, you’ll either have to dig them up and store them for planting next year, or you'll just enjoy them for a single season as you do Marigolds and Petunias. Their need to be lifted out of the garden and stored over the winter actually makes it really easy to rearrange and change up your design plans each year.
For example: Did you like the color combination of Dahlias in your side garden? If not, change it up next season and try something different, like planting three varieties of the same color together for an added “wow factor.”
Or, if you loved the height that Gladiolus added to your cottage garden, plant more next season and try clumping several bulbs together for a bigger statement.
This rearranging in your gardens can also teach you a lot about your space. If you’d eventually like to add more perennials to your beds, filling in with annuals can help you decide which perennials would look best. For example, if you loved the look that Caladium's groundcover-type foliage brought to your shade garden, try planting perennial Lamium in their place for a long-lasting look.
Working with annuals can help you experiment and learn more about your design aesthetic. You can get your garden just right without the pressure of permanence that can come with perennials. Maybe you have so much fun with planning and re-creating your gardens each year with annuals, you decide to leave permanent space for them in your beds.