My "plan" is to plant Baptisia australias with the perennial yellow snapdragon (A. braun-blanquitii) I am growing from seed this year. They both like full sun. I don't know if they will bloom together or not, as the yellow snapdragon will be new in my garden. I have the Baptisia on a berm, so I think the perennial snapdragon will do well.
I also started from seed Digitalis grandiflora that is a perennial yellow foxglove. I don't think it could handle that much sun.
Thanks, Donna, for starting a new "page". I guess I did just panic!
WarriorWisdomKathy: wanted to know what Penstemon grandiflorus was. Here's a picture:
Great minds! I have both baptisia australis and digitalis grandiflora. I had several enormous baps at my old house. Now there is a plant you really have to leave behind. I was going to purchase them, but happily, a really great trader on DG had some, and received Heuchera Firefly from me (I grew what I intended to be three and got seven. And they divide easily. And rebloom. And come back year after year. I left them in their pots over the winter and they came out of dormancy like champs. They are already over a foot tall. I received a gift of digitalis grandiflora from a sweet person in exchange for allium christophii bulbs that had reseeded
Some of my very nicest plants have come from my fellow gardeners at Dave's.
Heuchera Firefly is a very pretty Heuchera. I bought Heuchera on the clearance rack at Lowe's last fall. They grew very well. Then, in the winter, the deer ate them down to the ground all you could see was a flat circle where the stem had been. I worried they would not return, but they all returned but one, and they are doing nicely. I would like to divide one of the other two so I could cover up that bare spot the Heuchera are edging. I thought I should wait until fall??
Grand parade is great---I think it is also a shorter monarda? I put in 3 shorter monardas this year for fronts of beds...I think they might be Grand Parade, but I'll have to check my records.
My zone 8 is deceptive. Zones are based on average low temps, but really Oregon is a Northern climate. The valley that stretches between the Coast range and the Cascade mountains (from Seattle down to Northern CA) is a maritime climate. This means for us that it rarely gets below 32 degrees in the winter (giving us that zone 8 status) but also summer times are relatively cool due to our summer night time temps. (Even when we have a stretch of 80-90 degree days, our nights are still very cool and the temps always drop to 50 by morning, even in August). If you get up early, open all of your windows, and then shut them by 10 am, it is possible to never need air conditioning. Our peak temperatures come at 4 pm. So to sum it up, we can pretty much grow anything here. Semi-tropicals all the way through Northern things. I feel like it is the perfect place to garden. A few aphids in the summer and a little powdery mildew/black spot are the only things I battle pest/disease-wise. The only negative is that the cool summer night temps mean our tomatoes don't taste as sweet.
We have typical Northern springs---I had a light frost 2 days ago, and today's temp is only going to reach 60, I believe. So that's why the lupines like it here. But very few things get killed in winter due to mild temps. For example, ceanothus does really well here.
Centranthus ruber (yeah, kind of self sows like crazy, but I love it), some free irises that seeded themselves 20 feet from their parent plants (cool), and alchemilla. Pic taken yesterday.
kosk, Sounds like a great place to live! I am a little jealous. I found some new Lupines called Regalis Morello Cherry, First heard of them in a email from Annies Annuals. Could not afford to buy even two because they wanted 29.95 for shipping. Plan two, I ordered some seeds from Summer Hill. I am really hoping for the best. :)
I will give up if this don't work but either way I love the Baptisia, might use that instead. Love the kind you have do you know what it is?
Oh thanks. But I forgot to mention our many months of rain (Nov. thru April/May--this drives many people away from the Pacific NW bc they crave sunshine) plus the two months where we don't get a speck of rain (July/Aug)---requiring irrigation. So it's not perfect here. But as a gardener, I welcome the rain. We are coming off of 2 weeks of glorious sunshine (had to start irrigating, believe it or not), and we are getting a nice soaking rain today thank goodness. The plants are happy.
My baptisia is the 'Purple Smoke' variety. I bought 3 of those as 1 gallon plants last year locally. (they were really healthy plants from a really good garden store), and I am amazed at how large they are this year already.
You will have good success starting the lupines from seed. In my opinion, they are by far the easiest perennials to start from seed. Big seeds, fast growth. All of the lupines in my yard I started from seed. (Lupinus polyphyllus, Russell's Hybrids). I also started some Texas bluebonnets (lupinus texenis) and Lupinus elegans 'Dwarf Pink Fairy' this year. Easy from seed. Texas bluebonnets should do well in VA, right?
Pic: the power of purple. more lupine with Spanish lavender in the background. Pic from last week.
I've heard about the Pacific North Wet, "Enjoy Washington weather -- ten million slugs can't be wrong!" We were talking about it on another forum, the thread was about slugs but it really was not a real thread just a garden tip about how to get rid of them.
I hope the Lupines do good, there is one that is native. How can it be native if you never ever see any? The nights are not cool here, also it's very humid and I hear they really don't like that. I see plenty of days when I go to bed, it's still 85 and when I wake up it's only 75, oh gosh if it's that hot at 5 in the morning you know it will be a scorcher.
Love the Purple Smoke and I must check-out the 'Dwarf Pink Fairy' sounds beautiful. :)
Man, you leave this thread for several hours and boom--it's a lot longer--but I do enjoy reading and looking at all the pictures. Keep them coming!
virginia: Yes, I think the Pestemon grandaflorus is pretty. I have about a dozen that I have started from seed. I also have Penstemon cobaea blooming in my garden that I started from seed last year. I am surely enjoying it.
echinaceam: Ah, some of my favorite flowers. Pretty.
Here's my Penstemon cobaea with poppy and larkspur.
Have you ever spray painted the Alliums? I saw someone cut a slit in cardboard and hold it under the bloom and spray paint them. It really looks good. She did red, white and blue ones for the 4th. She did them while they are still in the garden.
I did mine pink last year. this year, I'll do purple. they looked good all summer this way. Lots of comments and questions from people on them. You don't need to bother with the cardboard. barely any gets on the stems.
Gosh, I was looking hard for the purple sensation, didn't realize I could just paint them. I think I would like to get those real big globe kind in white and paint them something different each year, starting with hot pink!
Caroline, thanks for posting the Maltese Cross. I have started it from seed this year. I like the chromatic colors. I thought it was going to be a solid warm red. The Clematis durandii looks nice with it.
I also have the Clematis durandii. I get it mixed up with Clematis roguchi. They are totally different shapes but the color is similar. The C. roguchi is a real tough one. I don't do anything to it and it grows very well.
Here's Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt and Salvia 'Victoria Blue' The VB comes back every year, re-seeds plentifully, goes with so many colors of flowers, works as a good filler, and is just a down right pretty color of blue! (a little partial!)
Editied: Whoops! That's a blue iris in the background. Wrong pic.
birder...That is one I've never grown, YET. Boy, if that color is true, wow, what a stunner. A grayed down lavender (2nd pix), very pretty. I could see it with Centaurea montana Amethyst in Snow, Santolina virens (which is a deep saturated green, which when gently rubbed smells of lemon ( I digress), with a deep yellow flower), Centaurea phygria yellow, or the purple variety, with a backing of Gypsophila paniculata pink, and a soft yellow johnny-jump-up at it's front.
pix 1: boy wouldn't that be a stunner in this combo of lavender and the red rocket series of snapdragons, backed with white babys breath. I know, digressing again.
pix 2: centaurea phygria yellow
pix 3: centaurea phygria purple
pix 4: Centaurea montana Amethyst in Snow
pix 5 : Viola johnny-jump-up, or lighter yet
Carolyn: You asked Clint for tips on growing Penstemon. I am not Clint, but I have pretty good success growing Penstemon from seed.
1. Penstemon seed has to be stratified for several weeks--a minimum of three weeks in the refrigerator. Some require eight weeks. I put my seed in the refrigerator for the directed amount of time.
2. They also require light to germinate so barely cover the seeds. I use a seed starting medium, and sprinkle the seed on top. Then barely cover the seeds with the seed starting medium. It's important to use a seed starting mix because you don't want the soil to be too "heavy" or too moist.
3. Temperature should be 45 to 65 degrees. I Winter Sow the seeds in milk jugs and set them outside on my south facing deck and let Mother Nature do the rest.
4. Germination takes place in two to three weeks. So, I allow myself 14 weeks before last frost date which means ordering your Penstemon seeds early.
5. I transplant them in single cell containers moving them up one more time as they grow. I have the best luck planting my perennials in the fall--early enough to give them time to get their roots established. I have purchased seed from Swallowtail Seeds and from Eden Brothers (cheaper per cost of seed and cheaper per shipping and handling.)
6. I have read if the seed doesn't germinate, you can let everything dry out and start over: refrigerate-then go outside, but I have not had to do this.
Here's some Penstemon digitalis--the box on the right. I had already taken many plants out of the container.
It's probably way more than you wanted to know.
Kathy: If you are referring to the color of the Salvia 'Victoria Blue', the color is correct. As I said, I am partial to this plant-and so easy to grow.
Here it is with a couple of other plants:
1. Rudbeckia and Salvia VB
2. Daylily and Salvia VB
I have 1 penstemon that I started from seed a number of years ago - other than that, I cannot get the seed to germinate. When I have bought whole plants from the nursery, I lose them. I seem to do better with other plants.
birder, ooops, I was referring to Salvia grandiflorus, one I have not grown and would love too. Sorry, I was starting at the beginnning of the thread, never made it past your question to me yet, lol.
Yes I also love Salvia Victoria Blue, which is also available in white. Rarely do they overwinter for me tho.
Carolyn: have you tried growing them indoors under lights? That's how I start most of my seeds, with exceptions, (those that I know which reseed in the garden), and annuals that can be seeded outside. I only have 2 that reseed in the garden for me: Penst. strictus Rocky Mountain Blue, pix 1. The other is Penst. Red Rocks, pix 2. My penst. Pike's Peak Blue has yet to ever reseed. My new aquisition of Penst. palmerii is new last spring and should bloom this season, can hardly wait, it's pink, FRAGRANT, and can get to 5-6 foot tall. It's native in the southern climes of Colorado, and New Mexico, available from High country Gardens .com.
I have tried growing the seeds under lights as well. I have no problem with the penstemon barbatus coccineus, but the rest just don't seem to take for me. That is fine though - as I have many other flowers that seem to grow without any problems.
I love the salvias as well and have them all over the place. Are your caterpillars from last Fall? I planted parsley last year and have read that both the black swallowtail and the anise swallowtail include parsley as one of it's host plants. I put in parsley last year and will plant it again next year for these little beauties.
I grew this penstemon Husker Red from seed last year. I kept the seeds in the in a damp paper towel for 6 weeks before sowing and had very good results. It's with Heuchera Coral Charm, Nepeta Walkers Low behind.
Pic2 Geum Totally Tangerine, Heuchera Palace Purple, Stachys- I got the Geum last year, this is its first flowering for me, and I'm madly in love.
Beautiful pics. I love all salvias and penstemons. I have one geum that I got on clearance last fall that is supposed to make red flowers. Excited to see it bloom. It's in my red, yellow, and orange bed near gaillardia, crocosmia, rudbeckia 'prairie sun'.
Kathy---that was an excellent, excellent tutorial on cold moist stratification. Super helpful. Thank you.
Fine Gardening did an article 2 issues back where they compared/tested every geum in existence. Very enjoyable.
Pic: barberry, euonymus, Nepeta 'Walker's Low', and an evergreen shrub.
I used to grow Salvia Victoria every year. Then I started collecting Veronicas and perennial Salvias and thought that was enough. But Vicky is such a great filler while waiting for the others to fill in, I think I'll have to start using it again. And I looooove the combination of the 3, how gorgeous!
Hey, Carolyn, don't apologize! I just didn't want to butt in on the Penstemon seed. Just one more comment re: growing Penstemon. You have to have very good drainage. I put mine on a slope. Penstemon can't stand to have the roots kept wet.
Okay, two comments on Penstemon. :) I have Penstemon 'Huskers Red'. The blooms were so prolific, the stems couldn't hold them up. I s/h staked them. I thought H. R. was one that was supposed to have strudy enough stems they wouldn't have t/b staked. I will know to stake them next year. My Penstemon cobeae ended up toppling also. We were on vacation, and I think we must have some strong winds as some of my lilies were knocked over as well. Unless, of course, it was the ornery deer.
I have daylilies edgeing my yard between the "wild forest area and beyond" and the landscaped lawn area. I noticed they had gone along the edge and clipped off the blooms to the daylilies. Grrr! They also had walked through my okra bed--deep holes in my garden and several plants missing. I will have to re-seed the okra.
Carolyn, for give me for not answering about the caterpillars. Getting old and didn't see it.
I grew parsley years ago and it spread everywhere. Which I LOVE! The rabbits would bite off the tops so it wouldn't bloom. If it doesn't bloom it doesn't die. Then when there were so many plants they could not nip them all, a number of them started flowering. Do be patient - there has to be quite a bit of it to attract them. This was three years after planting.
It's a gorgeous ground cover plant that spreads without being invasive.
These pictures are from early June over a three year period. I am now trying to establish it in my new yard, where I have the rose Marchesa Bocchella and allium Christophii.
One of my favorite compinations which includes Candle Larkspur (Delphinium grandiflorum), Pincushion Flower (Scabiosa columbaria), and Gordon Biggs Daylily (for some reason it shows up very faded in my soil/climate).
Mclowdis, how the heck do you get delphiniums to grow in Ks?
I can't grow one to save my life around here.
I blamed the heat, but you're ruining my theory.
What's the deal?
I only succeeded once in coaxing out a flower - I was so proud, I took a picture.
(Don't laugh, please...)
Looks a little pitiful in comparison with yours!
Weerobin wrote:Mclowdis, how the heck do you get delphiniums to grow in Ks?
I can't grow one to save my life around here.
I blamed the heat, but you're ruining my theory.
What's the deal?
I only succeeded once in coaxing out a flower - I was so proud, I took a picture.
(Don't laugh, please...)
Looks a little pitiful in comparison with yours!
To be honest I'm not that sure, this is my second year of gardening. I didn't know they didn't grow well here. I take care of it with full sun, sprinkle on slow release fertilizer every three months, and water by soaker hose at least three times a week.
GE, I got Veronica Eveline last year at the end of bloom, and it hasn't started yet this year. I hope it looks as good as yours when it gets going. But that's a SEDUM?! Yikes! The colors are great together, but for a sedum it's quite wimpy. I wonder why?
Pfg: as stated above that sedum was given a third chance after I planted it in the wrong place. It needs more sun than it was getting.
I think it takes a long time to get going,this is the second year in tha garden where I have it.
There are 2 moe dark sedums with it just incase.They are small and dont really show.
The eveline was planted in 2010.
Please yourself Etelka.I cant think of any endevor that requires such hard work and long wait for results.Enjoyment is in proportion. Sit and enjoy.
I had a Garden Party yesterday. Serves Butterfly and Bee cookies.
I am inside to after finishing almost all my planed jobs. Yesterday I bought me a VCR and DVD player and bought some old VCR tapes. I figured I can hook up all the different wires on the machine, it took me a while but finnaly I was watching the tape on The Grand Canyon It is breathtakingly beutiful and dangerous to go on those trails with a donkey. This is sometining new for me, but I guess I can pick up tapes for a 1.00 and feel like I have been traveling someplace. This country is very beutiful, forget London and Paris. Etelka
So glad to hear you say it, Etelka! We've been to the Grand Canyon and it is gorgeous even in the snow. A former boss always told me to see America first and he was right. There's beauty in every state and our National Parks are such pleasures.
kiseta..wait til everything knits itself together...it'll be a regular English cottage style border!!! Fabulous.
I must say...it's so much fun to see others photos...Think I'll get me some of that Campanula!!!!!
And I just love the sunray pix !!!!!Someones shinning on you !!!
pix1: Gypsophila repens, creeping baby's breath; and Johnny Jump Ups, They have reseeded themself around the border with a bit of encougagment, lol.
pix2: A bouquet I made up for garden club last week, just before the Iris finished for the year, wish the rebloomers (Iris)worked here.
Many things are goofed up for bloom times this year, and still a little early, new groups of flowers are beginning to strut there stuff, this next week they should really begin blooming their heads off.
The whacky spring has made bloom changes for us but there is always next year, At least there are some things blooming even if they are out of synk.
JI's are starting here. All of them are shorter than last year but they are blooming.
I enjoy Prairy Glory from Pirl a few years ago.
kosk0025 - if you are still watching this thread, do you have a photo of your bird's nest spruce? From a little bit away so I can see the whole bush. I took over an island planting in my garden club and one of the 3 low evergreen shrubs needs to be replaced. We're not sure what they are, but from the photo you posted I'm thinking it might be the bird's nest spruce. Thanks
JoAnn, So, what did you do at your garden party? And, who did you invite, gardeners? I have thought about doing a garden party or a afternoon tea, but haven't figured out what to "do".
It's pretty hot to be out touring the garden these days: 95 degrees. We did have some breeze so that helped.
I'm still planting flowers--ones that I grew from seed. I planted a bunch of Digitalis 'Glittering Prizes". It's new to me this year, but I have to say they are the most robust digitalis I have ever seen. They're suppose to get 5 or 6 feet tall.
We took the plants out of one of flower beds and worked in a bunch of peat moss. The soil is so nice now. We're putting in a few stepping stones. I put in Lily 'Anastasia", Digitalis 'Glittering Prizes' and Nepeta 'Walkers Low'.
I am not in the best physical shape so I make a gathering as easy as possible.
The women who came are former neighbors and old friends.There were about 17.
I have the party after 1:00 so I dont have to serve a meal and no one has to bring potluck.
I serve cookies and bought a fruit bowl for those who dont want sugar,they bring what they want to drink
I use plastic and have a big waste can for trash and another smaller one for empty recyclables.
.My cousin thinks I am crazy for serving anything she has people over to see the gardens at her house and all they do is sit and gaze and chat.
I dont go out at night to events and many of my friends are in mid 70's so they dont go out either.
I never have people over for dinner so this is a chance for old friends to get together.All these people are on a "group mail" list for regular albums of the gardens.
I have been asked to do a public tour but the liability factor turns me off.
It would also mean uber weeding,washing stuff,sweeping every speck of dirt off the paths and making sure plant supports dont show.
I took 2 naps the next day.
I love these women and really enjoy seeing all of them.It really is a pleasure and they forgive a weed or two here and there.
Pic 1 is Veronica Incana Pure Silver, Lavender Munstead, both first year.
Pic 2 is an idea I got last fall while I was moving what seemed like every plant in the garden: yellow foliage, pink and creamy yellow and white flowers. Earlier there was a lot of blue from the iris cristata and forget-me-nots. Later there will be 'white' daylilies, green and lime flowering nicotianas, and buttercream nasturtiums. Right now it's very pink.
JoAnn, thanks for the garden party info. It sounds pleasant. It sort of sounds like my mom's home extension club meetings. They had so much fun at the meetings.
I don't think I could pull off any kind of garden party to tour my gardens - they always seem to be in need of weed pulling, thinning, or something. I think they would have to be pretty perfect for guests.
I guess I need to think about David Nelson's song, "Garden Party": "Can't please everyone so you got to please yourself" and not worry so much about the gardens being perfect! Ha!
Oh Pirl! How gorgeous they are! I don't have iris, and when I see pics like this I can't figure out why. Perhaps because I am in an older neighborhood and most houses have bearded iris, and they seem so huge. Yours look far more delicate.
I love the idea of the blooms being that huge. I have an 'Incrediball' Hydrangea. I think those would look good near it! Thanks for posting those! I have seen them at botanic gardens before and thought you had to have a pond for them to stay wet, but I guess that's not the case!
Wow...such beautiful iris ladies.
ge...Thanks to you I ended up getting one of those Campanula Blue Waterfalls from a local nursery. Hope it turns out at nice as your.
Early bloomers are done now and just waiting for more things to get going...
pix 1:Here my first, gosh not sure if it's a sib or japanese, lol
pix 2: Lilium pumilum at 18"
pix 3: anyone recognize this plant, is it a weed or perenn?
pix 4: Armeria maritima Bee's Hybrids, at 18-24" tall, grown from seed ( and if correct pix Knautia macedonica dark red)
pix5: Iris g. Denver Delight
Woooeeeee!!! First clematis bloom, Sizaja Ptitsa, along with a solitary leftover Geranium Johnson's Blue. G Rozanne will soon fill in, in case SP decides to honor my garden with more beauties.
Veronica Red Fox, after many divisions, is finally covering some ground, here with Armeria and Sempervivum Red Cobweb.
Great Smilebox, ge... I hope you post the painting when it's finished.
Lovely pansies, WW...
I had Coreopsis Cosmic Eye last year but it did not come back this Spring. Only the Center stage and Route 66 came back and they got very large. This is the first year I have grown Shasta Daysies, and I like them, hope to divide them in the Spring. Here is Center Stage coreopsis and two clematis. Etelka
Virginiarose, the name is HF Young. I got two at Lowe's last year and this year they have been blooming a lot, even in this heat they are full of buds. Also my Sunset is having a lots of new growth, next week I will have new babies. First is Sunset the other two are HF Young this Spring. Etelka
While I've enjoyed looking at all the photo's there have been several that have really caught my eye since I may be able to use them in my garden.
birder17, peony and salvia vb!
Donnamack, white and blue salvia!
pfg, clematis with roxanne geranium. I just got roxanne and put it by walkers low salvia ... BIG mistake. It bloomed but was overtaken by the walkers low.
rouge21: Shasta Becky with Coreopsis Cosmic Eye with Big Blue Sea Holly ... very interesting ... first time I've liked big blue sea holly in a combo. You may just have convinced me it is worth growing. lol
1-Clematis Ernest Markam with old red rose. clematis - clematis jackmanii supra with New Dawn climbing rose.
2- fern with ox eyed daisy. not so great of a pic. they were past their prime.
3- white lilies with hosta. They really brighten up this dark garden.
2009 cottage garden, a tall blue salvia(don't know name), salvia Caradonna (dark purple), walkers low. Lavender.
Lots of different dianthus. the big dark pink groups of dianthus is amazon dianthus.Purple sedum close to the post. galardia, liatris, veronica purple candles and others. Turns out one side bloomed earlier than the other.
After not doing anything to this garden for 3 years ... no watering, no fertilizing. Most of the dianthus has died out, the sedum is gone along with the Helenium (Sneezeweed). The Lavender and walkers low are taking over. The purple cone flower blooms but is not spreading. The Galardia is still holding its own.
I would really like to work in some shorter daisy and replant the dianthus.
Kiseta...just a hint...divide those daisies late summer or early fall, they'll still have time to settle back in and next spring you'll be suprised at how large your 2 (or more) clumps have become. In fact you could redivide come early spring and then have even more...Daisies can fill in fast. I did this with the daisies at my daughters house and now look. (normally they are 48"^, but dry year and are much shorter at 30-36", am thinking they are Becky).
rouge, wonderful combo. Each one separate and yet making the other pop! The Kniphofia really lets you see the Dianthus Heart Attack, otherwise it would be lost in the back. I love V. royal candles too, I have a short row of it in the front of one of my gardens. I was going to make a complete border with it, but decided it didn't last long enough. You might like Veronica 'Giles Van Hees' ***** http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/57842/*****.
warrior - love the JJ and iris combo. I never seem to to be able to get JJ's to grow well and forget about reseeding ... what is the secret?
I loved this Rose of Sharon leaning over the Japanese Maple.
the R of S died after about 15 years ... not sure what stressed her out.
We decided to put Fire bushes where she was ... not a good decision ... they are too protected to turn a flaming red. :o)
toofewanimals wrote:rouge, wonderful combo. Each one separate and yet making the other pop! The Kniphofia really lets you see the Dianthus Heart Attack, otherwise it would be lost in the back.
Good analysis "toofewanimals".
toofewanimals wrote:rI love V. royal candles too, I have a short row of it in the front of one of my gardens. I was going to make a complete border with it, but decided it didn't last long enough.
Oh I don't find that at all with my RC. For me they flower for about 5 weeks starting in early June and once they are done I immediately shear them and...so by early August they again put out more flowers. Now these second flush flowers are more stubby than those in the first go but they are still worth it. Here is a picture of that second go round I took a couple of days ago.
toofewanimals wrote:You might like Veronica 'Giles Van Hees'
Thanks for the suggestion but I removed two of a sport of GVH about a month ago (Veronica 'Sweet Lullaby') as it takes too long to grow to produce flowers and is too small for my liking. And as I recall GVH is not a lot taller.
Just to let you ladies know I grow Veronica spicata (Sight Seeing, was a mix of pink, white and blue, at 28", the tallest on the market)..I found that if I want continuous bloom it's important to take some cuttings, ( ie for bouquets), and every week cut a few more stalks. Hence you will get continuous bloom from late spring to fall, this works with any long bloomer, so make your self a bouquet!!!! I also cut low and make the stems as long as possible. This also helps the plants to develop more stems and alot less of the candleabra effect. I hope the pix below show the difference. Thought I lost all my pinks one but saw one out there that had reseeded from one of the blues. (origional seed was from about 10-15 years ago. and I'm thinking I have a white one left at my daughters that needs to come home with me this year...(I need the seed), lol...If anyone would like to try them from seed d-mail me, I just checked...those I didn't deadhead (blue) have some seed now and occasionally they do reseed a little in the garden so could be sown insitu or indoors under lights...
And a relative that I've grown, (just got some new ones last summer, can be hard to locate) is Veronicatrum virginianum, a veronica on stilts at 48"+.. Again pink, white and blue. With the drought that I had earlier this season it doesn't look like it will do much of anything this year...darn!!!!
toofew...I started my origional jjs (tricolor, now multicolors) from seed in a tray of 72 (under lights in winter), planted them out in the border that spring and have had them now for several years. I let them reseed on their own or if I want to spread them to other areas I pinch the full seed pods , pop them open and sprinkle about hoping they will take. Right now they are a bit sad looking as they need to be deadheaded so they will continue blooming...I located some orange and yellow solid colors that I'm adding to the border in a week or so, (when I can get back to planting, lol...busy, busy, busy...
Yes Donna, be kind to yourself, we should probably all do alittle more for ourselves...And yes I do have a bit of blue and purple going on in my garden, lol...I'm trying to find some reds that are on the blue side of the color wheel, to go with the pinks, whites and varying shades of blue and purple. Eventually I will make a border of the hotter colors: red/orange, deep yellow golds, orange, and chartreuce (sp). And the most important of all, FRAGRANCE, just love it...
ge...Harvest Moon, that's one of those new ones? And I just love the color on that phlox, mine are mostly white and a few light pinks. Reallly says, HELLO, I'M HERE!!!! Fabulous...
Pix is Hesperis matronalis or false phlox, the fragrance is equisite!!!!!
Our color schemes are identical: blue, purple, white, pink and and throw in a pop of red or fuschia (sp?). I use reds by including roses. I had several red reblooming roses at my home, and I am adding them back, especially Tess of the D'Urbervilles. I can't have as many grasses, but reblooming red roses help a lot.
I started out with classic blue and white, which I just love. Traditionally yellow was added to this but I love red and pink.
Some of the roses from the house: Quadra, on the trellis, Morden Blush, and Heritage.
And there is nothing quite like a scented white rose - Glamis Castle.
I always try to pick most of my flowers when they are slightly past their prime, but will still look OK in a vase. That is my main mode of deadheading and I bring my bouquets in to work. They normally last about 3-4 days.
Here is a combo that I noticed the other day. The yellow of the crocosmia in front is echoed by the yellow of the black eye susan. (or yellow echinacea - can't tell the difference between the two)
They are all wonderful, but the combo with clematis literally made me gasp. That thalictrum is incredibly beautiful. I have several kinds of thalictrum but they are not like that! Would you kindly share its soil, growing conditions and ultimate height? I think that I am going to have to get it to go with my sweet autumn clematis, assuming that I can find it.
rougue21, wow, great pix. Just LOVE the thalictrum pix, and love Blue Paradise, yummy color. And the 2nd pix, wow that yarrow looks really red, is it? Or has it got a hint of orange, I got the Banana daisy also, wish they'ld breed one taller tho. NICE, NICE, photos.
Hey ge... I tried that link and ya need a password, phooey, love seeing other's pix. My garden looks a bit sparse to say the least, lol...They keep promising Rain!!!! Maybe by Wed., hope..hope!!!
This is Coreopsis grandiflora, grown from seed a few years ago, what astounded me was a few days ago I deadheaded more than 200 blossoms from this one plant, a few days later, another 100, 2 days later and it needs more again today, e-gads, talk about a blooming machine...
warriorswisdomkathy wrote:I got the Banana daisy also,
I jumped on the band wagon a couple of falls back planting too many of these 'Banana Cream' Shasta Daisies as they were touted to be the newest best daisy around. I now think they are hideous. I have tried them out for now two summers. The bloom time is much too short; dead heading does absolutely nothing; the spent flowers look particularly 'ratty'. The only thing going for it from my perspective is the compact size!
warriorswisdomkathy wrote:rThis is Coreopsis grandiflora, grown from seed a few years ago, what astounded me was a few days ago I deadheaded more than 200 blossoms from this one plant,
ge...wow...look at all those red plants..lol, I'm so lacking in red and attempting to find some (but only want red that leans to the blue side of the color wheel). Might have to look for some monarda, lol...I have a few red hollyhocks. Oh I almost forgot...I picked up a red Armeria, had never seen one before so I grabbed it...
Sure wish I could grow that lobelia, I've planted it a few time and poof over the winter (sob, sob, lol...). Is that garden yours? Wow great...
rougue..mine just started blooming (banana). So far only 2 blooms...it's been such a hard summer, many things I planted from quart pots last summer are just there and not doing much, many won't even bloom...
Kiseta...could you send that rain back this way...2 days of rain..amazing, would love it here!!!!
Wow...I just recently discovered this thread so I've been doing a lot of lurking at all the fabulously, gorgeous perennial combos. With our super hot and dry (until just recently) weather this Summer, many of my plants are not too happy. But I've been thoroughly enjoying all your beautiful photos...Thanks!
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DONNA!!!!!! I hope your day is spectacular!
For your Birthday I hope you enjoy one of my favorite combos...Rudbeckia, Echinacea and Goldfinches (the bird, not a flower)...there's one on the Rudbeckia almost, but not quite, blending in.
pirl wrote: Is that a blue clematis near the top at the center? Which one? Tie Dye? It's fabulous.
You are correct pirl. It is a replacement "Tie Dye". The one I had last season bloomed beautifully and then very slowly withered away late last summer. It did survive the winter but there was something wrong and so I lost patience and replaced it with another "Tie Dye". It is doing well but I have my fingers crossed.
pirl wrote: Which blue phlox with the variegated foliage is it.
It is "Shockwave". I think it is a great variegated flower. I think the bloom colour complements the foliage rather than clashes as I have seen with other similar Phlox.
pirl wrote: Love everything in your photo.
There are for sure (too) many plants. But of course thank you very much.
I stopped at Lowes yesterday, gosh I'm naughty, lol...I picked up 5, yup 5 clems for $1 each...I just couldn't pass them up...naughty, naughty, naughty...(2 Victoria and 2 Honora and 1 ?.)
The other day I drove 60 miles to find some particular plants and found they had a $1 table...I was naughty there toooo!! LOL. I got Baptisia austraulis, Thermopsis (I hope montana, no tag so...), Platycodon Hakone Blue, mum Autumn Creacendo Series Pink, Helenium Redgold, Oenothara Avalanche, Thalictrum delvayi. And 3 more I have questions about...Veronica x Reavis Crystal River, anyone grown it and comments ... Next is Antirrhinum braun-bianquetii, a PERENNIAL snapdragon, I've seen a pix of the yellow but this one is orange, again input PLEASE. The last is Rosa wichurana white, says mini 1-1/2 " flowers and fragrant, tag says will grow to 4'x5'wide, got 2 and they are in 3" pots. Guess I've got a few years til they put on a good show? Any input on this or the others would be appreciated...Gosh I love great sales...Will be headed back there in a few weeks to see what else they've put on that table..Yikes! Anyone else do things like this? Kathy
Pix is limonium latifolium or perennial statice, one of my favs., especially for making filler in bouquets, I know not a combo, hoping the plants around it fill in a bit next year so I have a scene...
The phlox "Peppertwist" (from earlier in July). (The pictured coneflowers have been dug out in the past day due to 'yellow asters' disease (and replaced with Kniphofia 'Alcazar')) (No more coneflowers for me!)
The second picture taken in early August shows either 'Cosmic Evolution' or 'Star Cluster' coreopsis with 'Presto' Coreopsis. (And as of today 'Presto' has been over run by CE/SC :( )
What I should note is that the location of this coreopsis receives significantly less than full sun...maybe 3 hours of direct at most and some dappled at other times. I have no doubt that 'Presto' has failed to thrive due to this and maybe CE/SC would give more flowers with more sun but even so it is worth having this '"full sun" plant in this locale as it does brighten things up.