pot-in-pot method. When these flowers need to be protected from cold weather, I can just pop them out of the ground still in their pots and replace them with new pots of annuals that will be more cold hardy.
The little gardenia tree hasn't bloomed again but it is putting out new leaves and seems happy in its spot.
The rain has helped the struggling grass look better so for now there will be a small area of grass left. But, I do have more grass elimination plans to be implemented when cooler weather comes along.