Answer: Congratulations on your garden--it sounds wonderful! My favorite easy-to-grow annual flowers are cosmos, zinnias, and sunflowers. There are many different varieties of each of these. You can start the cosmos and zinnias indoors about 6 weeks before your last frost date if you can provide them with supplemental fluorescent light, but sunflowers are best direct sown in the garden. (Actually, all can be direct sown.) Nasturtiums are also easy to grow, but note that they flower best in relatively poor soil. If you have a fence or trellis in the garden, consider morning glories. You could also throw in some attractive vegetables, such as Swiss chard. And a small pumpkin patch might be a big hit, because the pumpkins will be ready when the children return to school in the fall.
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