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The prettiest power couple you can plant right now!

One of the prettiest and most eye-pleasing power couples to ever grace our garden beds is this inimitable duo – Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green' and Agrostemma 'Milas'. So iconic, we think they deserve their own portmanteau à la Brangelina and Kimye (Nicostemma? Agrostiana? Suggestions welcome!).

If you've ever visited the nursery, the chances you've seen these two cottage garden charmers blooming their heads off is almost 100%. As two of our easiest and most effusive annuals, they're almost never out of bloom in our display pots and demonstration gardens. We plant them nearly year-round here by the Bay, and they return the favor by blooming oh-so obligingly, self-sowing politely for free plants next season and beyond.

While we've yet to discover a color that doesn’t coordinate with 'Lime Green' – two perennials that look fantastic with it are Aquilegia caerulea “Rocky Mountain Columbine” and Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'. Adding longevity, backbone and profuse wattage to any garden, both are long-lived, reliable and tough. Not to mention, they're easy and self-sow – what more could you ask for!

Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green' Agrostemma githago ‘Milas’
Nicotiana alata 'Lime Green'
You will never visit the nursery and not see this lime-tastic Nicotiana blooming its head off in beds and containers. We adore it with blues, pinks, purples – OK, everything! Self-sows, too!
Agrostemma githago ‘Milas’
An exceptional and upstanding cottage garden ESSENTIAL, this easiest of annuals blooms its heart out and then self-sows so you can enjoy it over and over in different combos over the seasons.
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis' Aquilegia caerulea “Rocky Mountain Columbine”
Geranium pyrenaicum 'Bill Wallis'
Clouds, I mean CLOUDS, of rich purple color are your everlasting reward for planting this supremely easy and totally goof-proof Geranium. Perfect in a container/basket, super adaptable to sun/part shade and low/high water, it self-sows readily and blooms year-round here by the Bay. Hardy to USDA zone 5!
Aquilegia caerulea
“Rocky Mountain Columbine”

A MUST for any cottage garden and worthy of the very front of the bed. Brazenly bloomiferous with 2.5" romantic blue and white bi-colored blooms, this long-lived EASY Columbine blooms Spring to Summer. Self-sows. Hardy USDA zone 3!

Check out our VIDEO spotlighting even more of our favorite dream-team combinations. So many of these wonderful CA natives and Mediterranean annuals self-sow, which means you'll enjoy repeat performances next Spring and beyond!

For maximum happiness (yours AND the plants), be sure to give your hearty new friends well-draining and fertile soil (i.e. NOT heavy clay). A 1" layer of compost on top of the soil just after planting will give them a much-appreciated boost and get them off to a good start.

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Annie's Annuals & Perennials
Nursery: 740 Market Ave. Richmond, CA 94801
Business Office: 801 Chesley Ave. Richmond, CA, 94801
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