Cottage Gardening forum: "Tough Plants of the Year" awards...

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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 26, 2011 8:44 AM CST
My nominations for plants that just can't be beat:

1. Nepeta. Wow. If you have space, this is a great plant - nothing bothers it, it grows in clay, lots of sun, lots of water, no water.... mine have withstood just about any abuse but foot traffic. I haven't tried it in a part-sun situation - any experiences?

2. Pulmonaria. This was a complete surprise to me. I planted Trevi Fountain, Mrs. Moon and Bubblegum this year - in a VERY hot July, thinking they were goners, especially with my brand of benign neglect. They have not only survived, but thrived and grown so well that I'm going to have to move them to a spot where they can spread better - they're a little cramped!

3. Heuchera. You all probably know this one already - I love, love, love this plant. It loves my awful clay soil, takes periods of drought in stride and the changing colors keep me watching them. They're nearly evergreen here. Favorite: Georgia Peach.

Anything in your garden that can take some abuse?
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 27, 2011 10:13 AM CST
What, did you all plant wimps this year??? Whistling
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 27, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Yes, I agree with your plant choices, Sheryl.

Monarda is a great one in my garden, as well as
Black-eyed Susans,
Echinacea,
Salvias,
Agastache,
Hostas,
Daylilies,
Silphium Perfoliatum (Cup plant)..... one that you can abuse, and it just keeps on growing is a great Butterfly magnet as well and great native Prairie plant,
Rudbeckia Nitidia .......must have moved this one 3 times and it didn't miss a beat...big plant and over 5 feet tall, but beautiful

Silphium with friends....

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Nov 27, 2011 1:47 PM CST
The native Texas penstemons are tough...at least, for here. Scarlet Penstemon, Brazos Penstemon and Fox-Glove are the 3 I have now.

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I respect all the natives that have weathered everything that the local climate and weather can throw at them, with droughts, poor soils, severe heat and cold, etc. Nothing worse than buying a plant that people in other parts of the country rave about and then watching it wither and die here.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 2:06 PM CST
I agree I grew Tennessee Coneflower and Tennessee Aster this year and they did great.
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 27, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Geranium Rozanne was my champ. Bloomed all summer with no care. I bought and planted another in early fall.

Nepeta Walker's Low -new this year- was a little thing when I bought it in early summer. It spread a lot,and bloomed a lot in part sun.

Polmonium Stairway to Heaven is also new, very pretty.

I like the 2 Georgia Peach heuchs I planted last year, though one has done better than the other. I wintersowed heuch Ruby Bells, will see if they survive winter and how they fare next year.

I also wintersowed Salvia "Merlot Blue" so this coming year will be it's challenge.

Karen
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 27, 2011 4:53 PM CST
My Heucheras have done well. They seem quite hardy here.
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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 29, 2011 5:29 PM CST
Yeah, Karen - I have to agree with you on 'Rozanne' (again!) - I just ordered some more from Brent & Becky's 50% off sale.

Lets see how they do with subzero planting!!! Green Grin! Green Grin! Big Grin
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Nov 29, 2011 6:37 PM CST
Yikes. Did you get snow Sheryl? I heard that parts of Tn did.

Karen
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 29, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Yeah, got some brief flurries this afternoon, but it was still 37ยบ out, so not a big deal...
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 30, 2011 4:14 AM CST
We didn't get any snow here. Interesting the difference a few miles can make. Green Grin!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Nov 30, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Tee, another Bromeliad, huh? Pretty, pretty, pretty.

We're right on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, so our weather can vary considerably.
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Nov 30, 2011 9:46 AM CST
That's for sure.

Thanks. Green Grin!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 27, 2011 11:15 AM CST
Cardoon has amazed me with its' cold hardiness.
It is along the front walk and visitors always ask about it, since most things are "sleeping".
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 27, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Love that ... it's on my list for next season. Thumbs up Hurray!
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jmorth
Dec 27, 2011 12:56 PM CST
New England Aster
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Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Dec 27, 2011 1:04 PM CST
Thanks, Tee!

Jmorth, beautiful photos and plant!!
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Dec 27, 2011 6:34 PM CST
Well, if you plant it before October, it's a tough plant, J! I've killed it twice so far.... Thumbs down
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Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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jmorth
Dec 28, 2011 3:05 AM CST
thanks Janice and keep on trying sheryl
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 28, 2011 5:23 AM CST
I have Lamiums that wont quit.

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