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It's September 1, and we start the downward spiral toward autumn. Although I have tried to plant mostly perenials in my gardens, I am still a sucker for those lovely, instantly gratifying annuals in hanging baskets and pots.
Every year it seems there is one or two that have been recommended or looked so lovely on the garden tags, but ultimately are a disappointment. Here are a few that I wouldn't grow again.
1. Verbena Hybrid (Superbena Burgandy) They grew far to big for the hanging baskets I grew them in with other plants. But the biggest problem was the mess they leave with spent flowes falling all over the deck. It was a Proven Winner, but it proved to be a disappointment and I pulled them out by the first week in August.
2. Impatiens. Just can't grow them anymore. :( I fell for the miniature size Rose appearance of these paticular plants. Lost one right away in the spring, and the other sat lanquidly in the pot, not growing much, with 3/4 of the blossoms blasting in bud before I got IMPATIENT myself and chucked it.
3. Nolana (Little Bells) These little guys (had them in orange and yellow) just didn't perform well, and all of them died off in the baskets before mid summer.
4. Double Cascade Blue Petunias (Priscilla) These plants were recommended here on DG early in the spring. I was really disappointed with them. I just couldn't keep up with the deadheading as there seemed to be more than normal. I also was disappointed in the amount of cascading they did. I am used to single Wave petunias that can cascade a foot or more. These ones took a long time, but only hung from the baskets a few inches. They are still growing and from far away look not too bad, but I like to keep petuniuas clean and deadheaded and I simply had to give up trying to eliminate the sticky dead flowers. Last time for them!
How about you? Was there any plants you grew this summer that you wouldn't grow again.?