There is a bit of a lull in the garden as summer bloomers soften, and September thrillers are just budding out. Sparkling annuals fill this lull: the iridescent sheen of osteospermum, the fiery crimson and gold of amaranthus, the merriest orange and bronze of simple marigolds, the buttery yellow or tender orange of lantana. The sun backlights a ruby petunia so it glows like a jewel. A begonia is edged in the ripest ruffled pink. Compare the mood of a blush double snapdragon to that of a zinnia in brightest coral. Always there is fascination and beauty to be found in the garden.