Okay, green thumbs -- listen up:
I have a small garden space on the south side of Cold Comfort Cottage, directly under my dining room window. It is bounded on one side by a rather scraggly Persian lilac that I hate but don't currently have the gumption to dig out, and on the other side by my Bilco doors to the basement; so one end of the bed is shaded and the other is very hot. The house is a beige color; and one of my unwanted "design elements" is the butt-ugly white external insulation around our foundation, that my parents for reasons I cannot fathom, aided and abetted by Mr. Dumbass the builder, never covered; if I ever get around to it, I want to dump some stone around the house and mound it up over the foundation to hide the insulation.
Earlier this month landscaping was the absolute last thing on my mind; I just didn't have my usual fire in the belly for digging in the dirt outside. Now, though, I'm feeling a tug in the horticultural direction.
And this is where you, my Constant Readers, come in. If you had this space to fill with plants, what would you plant?
Here are some of my ideas:
A small butterfly and hummingbird garden: Lots of daisy-like annuals and perennials, and tubular flowers that the hummers prefer. No particular color scheme -- everything kind of tumbled together.
Blue-and-orange annuals: I saw this color scheme at a nursery, and even though it sounds weird, it can really work. Things like blue ageratum, orange marigolds, etc.
Plum and orange. It also sounds weird; it also works.
Blue and plum.
Yellows and oranges. Supposedly this is the "hot" look this year. (And LC is so into fashion-forwardness.)
Buy a rosebush -- something kind of rambly and space-filling, in an interesting color, like "Joseph's Coat" -- and fuggetaboutit.
Buy a flat of petunias and fuggetaboutit.
Help me out here. And your own ideas are also greatly appreciated. Since this is Michigan, it's really not safe to do major planting until Memorial Day weekend anyway, so I've got time.