There’s nothing quite like a tall hedge of annual plants in full bloom.
A round, oval, square or serpentine bed of totally magnificent stately flowers. All of which are in full bloom and all abuzz with the activity of hungry pollinating insects hopping from blossom to blossom taking their fill of pollen and nectar.
Ours is a short list of favorites: Cleome, Cosmos and the underappreciated tithonia aka mexican sunflower. The heirloom one not the newer stunted hybrids. (Just a personal prefferance.)
Cleome, Cleo, Magenta, growing in a 8" square pot
Cleome, Cleo Magenta, up to 30" tall, more often 16-20"
Gaura, PW, Stratosphere White, up to 24" tall, airy stems and blossoms look like white butterflies, 14" tall, sometimes more
Hibiscus, Lady Baltimore, zone 5 perennial, up to 96" tall
Hibiscus, Lord Baltimore, zone 5 perennial, up to 96" tall
Ruellia, (Mexican petunia) Purple Showers, 18-24"+ tall, very drought tolerant
Salvia, Annual, PW, Rockin Deep Purple, 24-40" tall
Snapdragon, Tall-Cutting, Madame Butterfly Mix, 24"
Snapdragon, Tall-Cutting, Rocket Mix, 30-36"
Sunflower, Cutting, Harlequin Mix, 48-60", blooms summer to frost
Sunflower, Autumn Beauty Mix, 60-72", blooms summer to frost
Sunflower, Tall Border Mix, 72-84", blooms summer to frost
Sunflowers, cutting, pollen free, 60-72", assorted types and colors
Tithonia, Mexican Sunflower, butterfly magnet, up to 60" tall and WIDE, needs room to do its thing.