This bed has been less than a focal point and there's an nearly identical bed with tulips and a tiger lily derivative packed full of white clover.
So far so good, germination was probably 85% without getting too mathematical. Slit the seeds with a knife and soaked them in. Weeds already got a good start as they always do. I blasted these beds dead with glyphosate two seasons in a row and mixed fresh soil in. It's just weed happy. This evening I weeded the nasturtium bed, re-seeded the empty spaces, added Preen (which I rarely use) and mulched. The new seeds might be affected by the Preen so I potted some seeds to fill any bare spots. I think annual begonias would actually make the bed a focal point fast but the weed situation (to date) makes these seedlings easier to work around. I don't see nasturtium often which gives the little bed some added appeal. Well, if it works out, I'm confident it was a good choice. The only attention-grabber bed nearby has gained an heirloom amaranth and soon will have some cannas to carry the season of blooms but I've got plans to expand by at least two feet outward, maybe three (?) but the nasturtium should tie in very nicely. The colors of the "jewel" mix should work but I've eyeballed some other varieties I'd like to try.
I'll take some pictures tomorrow when I tackle that mess amongst the tulips. That's such a mess I'm ready to dig bulbs, remove soil, and just start over. It is a focal point as it runs to the front porch. The tiger lily hybrid is always a pleaser, as are the tulips but what happens in between is just a bummer. I've done the best I can, to the best of my knowledge, with the tools in my kit. These beds are so shallow I'm surprised the tulips have done as well as they have. They might be, would certainly be better relocated. Room for more nasturtium...?