Annuals forum: love Lobelia/are they annuals

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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Oct 22, 2012 2:50 AM CST
I have heard conflicting stories about them coming back the next year.I absolutely love the plant & there is a pot of what i believe is (was IDed as) Lobelia erinus & creeping jenny Lysimachia nummularia 'Auroea' & some viola's. If i plant the lobalia & creeping jenny outside in a bed will they reseed & come back next year??Thumb of 2012-10-22/jojoe/dbda8f
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Oct 22, 2012 10:31 AM CST
jojoe,
Don't plant the creeping Jenny in a bed. Here in Washington it grows like crazy and is invasive. The Lobelia is an annual here, may reseed.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 22, 2012 7:17 PM CST
Yup. Creeping jenny will try to take over here, too. It's pretty, but not THAT pretty! Hilarious! I get lobelia volunteers in lots of stray places, tho. And I've had violas try to take over some of my planters!
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Name: Jelinda AKA jojoe Ivey
Thomson,Ga. (Zone 8a)
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jojoe
Oct 23, 2012 8:00 AM CST
well my intentions are first i simply love lobelia and blue flowers are so pretty.

As for the creeping jenny i am looking for something i can plant & it will grow enough or far enough & wide enough to be a ground cover that will stand out,bloom & grow over roots etc...I need a good tough yet pretty of course ground cover.

The land around here back in the days of oh maybe horse & buggy?? Confused Rolling on the floor laughing was farm land and it's a slope & a pretty sharp one.I was told the farmers made terraces so everything wouldn't wash straight down the hill to the creek that winds around the bottom of the hill.We live at the steepest part of the slope which at our house honestly it's a hill.Anyway the first terrace is in our front yard,i have been trying to figure out how to work it into the landscaping without adding 10 tons of top soil between the house & the terrace to build it up flat.

I thought ground covers planted on the terrace may turn out to look good.I'm not using the same plant all the way down it.Trying to blend different sections in with the yard at that point.

I already have put Tradescantia pallida 'purple heart' on one part of the terrace,but it hasn't filled out good enough yet hopefully it will thicken up & spread more in time.I also have some Sedum sarmentosum 'gold moss' , stringy stonecrop.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated on good ground cover tat will grow in bad soil.Over the years the wind has blown the soil away the ground is hard and the rain just runs down it into the house.I can't plant anything where the yard is terraced off the highest,there's no soil left.

Invasive isn't as easy to achieve here!! *Blush* at least not on the terrace anyway!!!! Thumbs down
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Oct 23, 2012 10:00 AM CST
Over on the cottage gardening forum Chelle has pictures of her beautiful gardens. She has a hill for garden space too, it is amazing!! You might get some ideas there. I'm sorry I'm not much for groundcovers because I'm afraid they will get out of hand in my yard. I hope someone will chime in. You may want to post this over there or on the perennial forum.

http://garden.org/ideas/view/Sharon/277/Garden-Tours-Huggerg... Sorry wrong person it is huggergirl that gardens on a big hill.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Oct 23, 2012 10:28 AM CST
This stuff (Vinca minor) is pretty and fairly stout. I have some confined to a couple of planters and it seems to survive on benign neglect. Smiling
http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/vinca-minor-and-cvs-...
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