Marigold One of the easiest annuals to grow from seed. It's hard not to love a marigold's bright yellow, orange, and red flowers. Happily, this is one of the easiest seeds to grow. Starting Tips: You can sow marigolds directly into the garden. If you start seeds indoors, sow seed 1/8 inch deep. They usually sprout in less than a week.
Cleome..A perfect cottage-garden plant, cleome bears spikes of fragrant flowers in shades of white, pink, magenta, and purple. It's so easy, it practically starts itself -- in fact, in many gardens it self-seeds year after year.
Flowers and vining vegetables grow together in a narrow bed. John built this lean-to frame out of bamboo poles, cord, and wire screen. Cucumber vines recline on the angled screen, leaving room below for colorful zinnias. Fertile soil keeps vegetables producing. "We put down humus (decomposed organic matter) that has spooky growing power," Carolyn says. "John grew bell peppers with walls so thick you could hammer a nail with them."