I was happy with the way all these plants ended up looking together as they grew throughout the summer. so much color with just a variety in foliage. the colius and purple heart made a good contrast with the gray and blue-green shades. the yellow and green amaranthus was a monster a month after this pic. I'll definitely plant lots more amaranthus this next year.
this has to be one of the best set and forget plants for OKC summers. this hibiscus is on the side of the house between mine and the house on the north and I forget it's there sometime, and just look how it blooms. I collected these seeds from hibiscus plants at the state capitol. hardy hardy ( although I think it might get some watering from the draining of the neighbor's AC..)