I took this picture in June right after I finished the walkway and planted the cannas, ruellias, and trailing lantana.
This is what it looks like now. Ten little cannas have multiplied tenfold, and the ruellia clumps have about doubled in size and bloomed profusely. The lantana has spread out, but there were very few blooms on them. Up until the past past week or so, the chickens stayed out of my flower beds, but now for some reason, they've taken an interest in them and I can't keep them out of the beds. Every day, they go in there and scratch around, tossing the mulch out all over the walkway and into the grass, breaking stems off the plants and generally making a mess. It is very frustrating.