There's a new yellow, short (8") cosmos, "Limara Lemon," which may be a good alternative for folks who want yellow in their containers or gardens, but don't like marigolds.
Cosmos Limara Lemon - Photo from Benary Seeds
On the other hand, if the gardener wants to try some unusual marigolds, I like the photos of "Bambino" and "Alum Vanilla Cream" and will be growing them for sale.
ALUM VANILLA CREAM
I think of red salvia as "the poor man's geranium," because you can buy a six-pack at a good price and get that splash of red that many are looking for. This year, besides the salvias in 6-packs, I am trying a new salvia grown from cuttings. "Saucy Red Salvia" is a sterile hybrid, and the hype promises a super-strong and flashy salvia. Here in Vermont our winters seem so long and the summers so short, gardeners appreciate bright, bold colors.
SAUCY RED SALVIA