blue-leaved succulents and ornamental kale mix with flowering petunias and other plants, including a palm, on steps
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On Annuals and Perennials

Q: How should I work annuals into my garden?

A: Mix the self-sowing kind, like larkspur, California poppies, and bachelor buttons, into your perennial beds. These annuals pair well with perennials because both need little care. Put the fussy annuals, like impatiens, begonias, and pansies, in pots. That makes it easier to give them the fertilizer and frequent watering they need.

Shown: Blue-leaved succulents and ornamental kale mix with flowering petunias and other plants, including a palm, on the back steps.
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