I had to pick up one of the kids at the Morton Arboretum recently had had a little bit of time to get some steps in and decided to go see the Fragrance Garden up by the Thornhill Center on the West side of the Arboretum . It is a spot where you can park pretty close and get to see some beds and containers on a quick little, easy walk. A couple of years ago, I was in this same garden and posted some thoughts and photos here . At that time, I was struck by the bedding plants and combinations they had in what felt like a very shady garden (which...is a lot like our own garden). It was from that experience that I said (to myself) that I needed to think about using annuals beyond the container - as bedding plants - in the shade. In fact....that was one of my 2023 to-do items and the push behind all of the annuals that I planted this year including some Lobelia, Begonias, Impatiens, Polka Dot Plants . The beds at the Morton Arboretum have inspired me prior to that shade garden visit.