Last year I had a post about the square planting bed on my south terrace which I was planting with annuals. The goal was to have a mixture of various annuals, mostly from Annie's Annuals and planted in the style shown on their website. One plant which I planted there last summer was Salpiglossis, which is an annual native to Chile which has very striking flowers. I liked that whole bed so much last summer that I am planting that bed again with annuals this summer. There have been some self sown seedlings left from last summer, but I have supplemented these with new purchases this year. One of these new purchases was the flower pictured above--Salpiglossis Kew Beauty which is a supposedly blue flowered Salpiglossis, but which looks more dark purple to my eye. Anyway, this annual has very striking flowers as you can see. Last summer my Salpiglossises (?) flowered most of the summer. I will be having more posts about this style of planting soon, but suffice it to say it is my latest obsession!