Repetition of white interspersed among other colorful blossoms ties plantings together.
In the summer of 2011, I visited Bill Larkin's garden in Loogootee, Indiana, and saw 30,000 colorful annuals in bloom.
Plants go in and out of fashion, and Coleus seems to be making a fashion comeback.
And so we snip away with our shears - cutting off what is now brown and dreary - but musing about the flowers of summer.
"Whatever a man's age he can reduce it several years by putting a bright-colored flower in his buttonhole."