I have a flower bed by my mailbox that stays in a perpetual stage of transition. I tried to get lavender to grow in it and it does okay, but it doesn't really seem to flourish there. While I try to decide on what perennials to put there, I thought maybe some annuals could just hang around for awhile. So, I bought a packet of zinnia seeds this spring and just kind of sprinkled them over the bed. I don't even think I worked them in, maybe just a little scratching around to cover them a bit.
Those few minutes have paid me back profusely. The zinnias have popped up in shades of red to orange to pink. Each flower looking a little different from the next! I like this so much I may do it again next year. Maybe mixing up the seeds to try more specific colors instead of a heady red/orange mix. With all my emphasis on perennials, I forget the charm of annuals, and how they pay us back with months and months of blooms!