Oriental Poppy .. brilliant deep reds .. I have planted some whites with them as well .. hopefully they will grow strong and straight and look stunning. I have a nice pink flowered Weigela, Weigela florida 'w. rosea' in front so when the poppies die down it won't look so bad. I also have My Monet close to that spot as well. I'm looking forward to seeing some amazing colours there.
Thyme is another must .. I have "Mother of Thyme" .. Lemon Thyme .. and a few others .. they are all part of the garden backbone for me. I just realized this could be Winter savory .. jeez !
I can't say enough about my sages. Here is Golden Sage sprouting wonderful leaves. Purple Sage will be next .. I have Tricoloured as well .. they are always going to be in a garden of mine no matter what. I love the fact they look so good and that they repel harmful insects protecting plants near by.
I'm happy to see the Echinacea are jumping on the band wagon. I planted quite a few gallon pots of Magnus and White Swan to fill gaps that were bothering me. I rediscovered how wonderful the scent of White Swan is while it was sitting in my plant-mobile with me .. in love with them all over again !