And I am driving off the road for mums right now. Like this one Chrysanthemum 'Gethesamane Moonlight,' originally from Plant Delights. This has been extremely hardy and has spread to be an enormous clump- this plant doesn't get going until October, which is just fine by me. She's glowing in daylight.
Salvia 'Big Blue' is one of the best annuals, chunky and deep violet blue and tall! Thank you Emily for introducing me to this gem.
I was not a fan of the the Dahlia 'Coltness Hybrids' that I grew from seed this year (too short, too pastel, too compact), but as I was digging them up I decided to keep particular one, yellow with peachy pink blush. This one specimen bloomed well and has a nice shape to the petals. It spurred some discussion about what makes a plant good anyway...one of the best discussions to have, especially when tired!