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!