It's hard to believe that it's that time of year already. You know, that tired, thirsty, ragged look that your garden gives you when you get home from work and have no desire to begin the inevitable but necessary fall garden prep and cleanup. I prefer to start with the easiest pick-me-up, and that would be tearing out those leggy summer annuals and replacing them with cheery pansies. For only a few bucks per 6-pack, it's an easy way to brighten up a corner or clean up some patio pots.
The nicotiana, licorice plant, and already-bloomed sempervivum had seen better days! In a few weeks the fresh pansies will fill out nicely and provide some contrast to the grey-green succulents nextdoor.