My front yard has a flagpole, surrounded by flowers. The perennials that crowded and filled the 4′ circle were all tall and gave the visual effect of a stalky, 7-layer cake with a very tall candle in the middle.
I wrenched those out, all but a few more desirable, less invasive plants which I kept. Here’s what it looked like at that point”
So, I went to a shop in a tiny town. The Village Flower Shop sold me two flats of large annuals for $5. I got an accent plant (that alone was orig. $8), two wave petunias, a dahlia, two large sweet alyssum, Swedish ivy, 3 geraniums, and two Coleus. Here are the plants before planting: