This hard working plant was a mainstay in our grandparents' gardens.
A native of the Mediterranean region, it resists settling into Midwestern gardens unless we pamper it a bit.
A good edging plant, and one that thrives in window boxes, hanging baskets and places that need a summer groundcover, is "Portulaca grandiflora."
You can plant many varieties of lily bulbs to have continuous bloom from late May into August.
It has many virtues, such as a spicy perfume, reliability, and rich colors.