Idea to steal: Pick nonstop bloomers
Along the path to the seating area, yellow-and-orange blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Sun’) blooms constantly. “It’s so worth the $8 to buy it in a gallon,” says Sweet. Elsewhere in the yard, Coreopsis
(C. verticillata ‘Moonbeam’, pictured), with pale yellow flowers, blossoms from summer to fall as long as spent flowers are clipped.