At the south side of the entrance to Coles Sports Center, we built a raised flower bed with a cobblestone wall. Some of the plants featured in the garden were Sedum ‘Autumn Joy,’ Liatris spicata, Zinnia, Cornus alba ‘Bailhalo,’ Heuchera ‘Amber Waves.’ Begonia ‘Sinbad,’ Asclepias curassivica, Coleus ‘Alabama Sunset’ Pennisetum (Purple Fountain Grass), Cuphea ‘David’ and Torenia. The plants were selected according to the flower beds' different micro climates. The eastern end of the flower bed, close to Mercer street, features plants that tolerate high moisture. Plants on the western end, closer to Coles Sports Center, were selected for their tolerance of drier soil and more sunlight.
On the north side of the entrance to Coles Sports Center, a weedy lawn was removed to make way for a flower border. Some of the plantings within the garden included Brillantaisia subulugarica (Giant Sage), Ruellia elegans, Euphorbia, Ipomea batatas (Sweet Potato Vine), Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset,’ Zinnia ‘Profusion,’ Helichrysum petiolaris, Coleus ‘Alabama Sunset,’ Caladium, Gazania, Centaurea, and Scaevola.
Both gardens remain colorful throughout most of the fall season. A mixture of annuals, perennials, and shrubs were planted to these areas for year round interest.
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