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gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 22, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9133250

OK, around the yard, not just garden. Most commonly grown (is that the same as popular?) flower. Annual and perennial. Only annual I grow is Sunflower. Perennial - I have more Trumpet Flower vines than anything else. Tons of wild flowers but that is another thread.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9135452

Probably , and you could no doubt add iris, everybody that grows flowers has at least one iris growing around somewhere
And as for the other thread , you might just as well discuss that here, as here is where you are.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9135488

Yes, I just added my 4th kind of Iris.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9135498

Gotcha!!! uh huh?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 25, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9138731

Well they ain't flowers but my melons are coming up as well bachelor buttons, zinnias ,african daisy, red salvia ,and more to come. Something keeps eating my sunflower sprouts and I'm not to happy with that.

And believe it or not, I didn't use to like annuals.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

May 26, 2012
5:08 AM

Post #9139052

Deer are the number reason that I can only grow sunflowers behind fences. They just love eating those little sprouts. Before I knew this, when I first moved in here, I remember buying a 50 lb bag and spreading seed around all over the place. Not a one came up. Now I know why.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9139374

Well the poor things are hungry!!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2012
11:09 PM

Post #9147167

well here's a popular fellow or gal.;

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CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 8, 2012
6:06 AM

Post #9156773

Hmmm - do you think day lilies would qualify for most popular? Or at least "most planted"? They're not at the top of my list but they are popular.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 8, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9156778

Yes, Day Lilies would probably win for most grown,

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9157025

I have three types of natural of four hybrids of those myself. "Ya say" is because they are easy to grow!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 8, 2012
6:49 PM

Post #9157605

I don't have a lot of space to dedicate to all of the foliage that comes with daylilies. Still have 3 or 4 types but pulled out duplicates last year to make space for veggies this year.

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9157618

Ferns. Imagine that Cindy!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 9, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9157946

I do love the ferns. I have 3 large sections of ostrich ferns in the wilder sections of garden that came from a couple of plants that an elderly green-thumb neighbor gave me 25 years ago. Just added a parsley fern to my collection and am debating about succumbing to my desire for the arborvitae fern. I used to be crazy for Campanulas but ran into several that misbehave.
I still think the day lilies are most popular at least in my region just by the sheer number of 'Stella D'Oro' plants I see.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9158085

So far I have no Lilies. Are they really easy to do? Do I need some?
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 9, 2012
12:38 PM

Post #9158301

To me, they're pretty easy to grow if you have some part sun/full sun and the room for all of that foliage. There are several reblooming types available that would provide some extra flowers later in the season. I'm no expert though so you might want to check out other forums. IMHO, the foliage can get rather ratty looking later in the season.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 21, 2012
8:21 PM

Post #9175177

My wild daylillies turn brown after blooming, the noid hybrids stay looking fairly nice for the most after bloom. I am kinda happy that one that stays nice with the folaige after bloom I grew myself from seed. A lemon bloom.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 22, 2012
6:58 AM

Post #9175620

When you say "wild daylilies", are you referring to the common "ditch" lilies?
I do have one that I really like - 'Double Cutie' - with lemon double flowers. And it doesn't take up too much space in my crowded sunny bed.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
7:56 AM

Post #9175704

I'm referring to those orange guys you might see along roadsides,ditches. streams, etc. There are also the yellow types from somewhere else that naturalize and I have three or four of those.
I have a huge clump of orange wild I am getting to dig up and throw most likely,they are about 12 years old or so and not looking to good except for one runner shoot.Around another corner there must be 200 of them anyway.So anyway, I have a bunches of them!!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9175709

These guys ,background to the right.

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gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2012
8:58 AM

Post #9175800

Would Coneflower be in the running for most popular?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
2:42 PM

Post #9176239

I've got bunches of purple and bought a 'milkshake' this morning. So many purple I might give a few away this fall.
Oh I almost forgot that's a cutleaf at that right of the pic, some of the folaige showing there.

They do have the forum only for them.could be!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 22, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9176261

gasrocks - I do agree that coneflowers are gaining in popularity, especially the newer varieties.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9176298

Just saying hi ya CindyMyzone; You might like to know I have one that grows real nice in the shade.Despite what intructions say,just saying.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 22, 2012
4:54 PM

Post #9176403

Oooooo - what's the name of your coneflower? I do have some of the plain E. purpurea that can handle some shade. They grow in my "neglected" area since they don't get supplemental watering. Is your 'Milkshake' in bloom? That seems like it would be stunning with a dark or shady background.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
5:29 PM

Post #9176450

CindyMyzone; Not yet with the mikshake, and the e.purpurea is what was mentioning about.That makes that rather anti-climactic,guess I was saying what you already knew.
It always seems to say full sun about growing them,there are some here that grow well in the sun,other that grew and grow towards part shade,and of course the one that grew in the shade.
I am betting the white will grow in the shade as it is white as well as purple blooming flowers seem to free seed to the shade.
The daylilly peach my hybrid. And keeping with the thread do you reconize the last pic?When I was a youngster these could have easily been.Every garden had them then.

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 22, 2012
6:33 PM

Post #9176562

And even till answered ,as far hybridizing, well, O.K. So I'm a wanna be...
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 23, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9176990

I like that peach color. How fun to develop your own hybrid. Is that last photo a hollyhock?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 23, 2012
6:56 AM

Post #9177029

CindyMyzone5 Yes it sure is, one the wild french var. that Chaubauds are developed from.The peach is from Noid hybrids, the yellow I know the name of,only it escapes me at the moment.

I was thinking hollyhocks once may of been as they were as numerous as roses years ago.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2012
8:35 AM

Post #9177113

When I think of what my Grandmother had in her garden, Hollyhocks is the first thing that comes to mind.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 24, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9178220

Seems like we don't see hollyhocks so much anymore. I did try to grow them once from collected seed. They came back for the second year to bloom but they were heavily infested with some sort of bug - maybe a thrip of some sort? - and I was torn between keeping them until they finished blooming or pulling them out because the foliage was so ratty. I haven't tried them since. Maybe my site choice was weighted against them - hot and dry? Not so good.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2012
7:12 AM

Post #9178257

CindyMyzone5 That is always a problem with hollyhocks ,ratty foliage, pretty blooms.I have a dwarf red hollyhock that blooms more rose or purple that has pretty foliage. Not much to look at overall though..
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 24, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #9178539

Sorry to say this so don't take offense but I'm glad to find out that it's not just my lack of expertise. :)

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9179168

CindyMyzone5' There is not anything to be offended about and I keep restating what you have mentioned before.
That is really more the way I type than what I sometimes mean to say.I was really hoping you woudn't take any offense to that after I read it realizing it could be taken that way. I even remember or was thinking it was you talking about dwarf Hollyhocks some time ago. So all is well? We still get to convo about a plant in the garden from time to time?

Like the Coneflower I should of phrased the question different ,it just is one of those things.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

June 25, 2012
5:57 AM

Post #9179627

I didn't take anything personally - just relieved that hollyhocks can be rather troublesome and that I could feel a little bit better as a gardener knowing that it wasn't entirely my fault that they didn't do well. Perhaps I was taking a little comfort in other gardeners' problems with this plant. All is well.
Laenini
Minneapolis, MN

August 28, 2012
2:48 AM

Post #9256542

I love Hollyhocks! I too have had troubles with them though. At my old house I planted them all alongside the house. As mentioned, they came up and bloomed for a couple of seasons. I planted 2 years in a row to try to get some blooms each summer. But something does seem to love to eat their foliage and rather than having the show-stopping display I had envisioned, I ended up being pretty embarrassed of them as they looked so ragged. Now I've moved to a new house and I thought I would give hollyhocks a try. I got starter plants from the nursery, and one variety bloomed for me this summer. But again, something is feasting on the foliage. Unless I can figure out what is using them as their own personal buffet, I think I will plant something else next year.

I wonder if Hollyhocks have lost popularity not only because of the foliage issue, but also because they are BIG plants that don't stay put. Yards are smaller than they once were and I think for some people a big plant that reseeds itself semi randomly turns into a nuisance or at least more trouble than they are worth for many working parents and suburbanites.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 28, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9256695

I wish the foliage pests weren't such an issue because I think it would fun and unexpected to have a tall element with those dramatic flowers even in a smaller garden. Heck, I'd grow it again if that problem was resolved.
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9257190

Here I thought they had a spray for everything by now. What attacks the Hollyhocks?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 28, 2012
12:55 PM

Post #9257198

Every Beetle in the insectopedia, to begin with!!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

August 28, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9257471

It's been years but I remember seeing bugs with long snouts. Doesn't help much, heh?
Laenini
Minneapolis, MN

August 28, 2012
8:07 PM

Post #9257774

I'll volunteer to go inspect my hollyhocks tomorrow with camera in hand. I'll let you guys know what I find.

Leanne


****update*****
Well, I've checked several times and I don't seem to be able to find anything that is currently eating them. Maybe whatever it was has moved on? I'm going to keep my eyes open and will report if I see anything.

This message was edited Sep 1, 2012 12:35 AM
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2012
1:05 PM

Post #9259534

Hi, just discovered this cool thread. Hope you don't mind my two-cents. What if this idea was divided into two categories... Common/Popular flowers for "Sun and/or Part Shade" and "Part to Full Shade"?

For instance, I love Echinacea (Coneflowers) and Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susans) for Sun to part shade. I love the look of them, the longevity of the blooms and the fact that the Goldfinches love the seeds. They are two of the most commonly grown flowers, so they're popular...But, what about Shade? How about Hostas? They're extremely popular (just look at the Hosta Forum) and although the bloom isn't the main attraction, they do have very pretty blooms. What about Astilbes? The blooms are beautiful, especially if grown in masses and they, also, are incredibly popular?

Those are just some off the top of my head, but there are others. Anyway, just a thought...☺

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9259545

With me it only is that iris, daylily, and coneflowers now and recently being near,these have all been popular as long anyone can remember.
There was certainly was a time when hollyhocks or daisies were the first thing you would see in almost every garden.

True about Hostas though, they had always been there and are definitely an age old popular with the shade garden, and as far as that Hostas are most likely the long time standing favorite without question.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9259602

Ooh, what about annuals...Petunias, Impatiens, Zinnias or Marigolds?

Do bulbs count...Tulips, Daffodils and Crocus?

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9259608

Since you phrased it as a question , that list too, toooooo!!! Long!!!! I coudn't even begin to answer that!!lol
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9259616

Ha..Ha..Ha...Oh well. :-)
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2012
6:17 AM

Post #9260226

I'm glad to hear about what people like and what is their favorites. Gives me ideas. My original question was more along the line of what will you mostly see if you took a tour of all teh gardens/homes in your area.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9260249

Gasrocks, that's pretty much what I thought and so I still think the flowers in my first two posts fit in nicely.
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

September 9, 2012
7:55 AM

Post #9269765

Revisiting this thread, I'd still contend that day lilies and coneflowers are the most popular here. Sadly, we don't have a lot of gardens here, mostly landscape "installations" with no imagination.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

September 9, 2012
4:21 PM

Post #9270130

Anymore with perennials def-so ,I just added some more of either this season.So I would tend to agree without much doubt.

Well if you were militant about it , you could get a bunch a garden flowers and and attack the "developer scapes" for having no imagination or not showing it any way. The AL-Qaeda of the garden religion!lol Only kidding of course!
CindyMzone5
Hobart, IN

September 10, 2012
6:39 AM

Post #9270608

Funny! I don't want to get militant about it - too much work. I'd add Knock Out roses to the list of most popular but that's a shrub. I did hear that the proliferation of Knock Out roses are causing some disease problems in warmer zones than ours. As for the coneflowers, I'm talking about the species E. purpurea. I'm still tempted by your 'Milkshake'. :)
gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2012
8:33 AM

Post #9270747

Right now I have more Sunflowers than anything else. To be honest, most are volunteers growing near bird feeders. 41F this morning here.

This message was edited Sep 10, 2012 9:33 AM

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