I purchased a six-pack of alyssum plants from the garden center six or seven years ago. Since that time they've self-seeded and come back every year.
Balloon flower blooms only last for one day, but there are a lot of them and the display goes on for weeks.
This may be a plain orange "ditch lily", but when you look at the flowers up close there's nothing plain about them.
The phlox has just started to bloom...it's stunning this year!
Five years ago today: The Intersection of Art and Nature