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[ Rose (Rosa 'Lemon Drop') | Posted on March 6, 2018 ]

I had this small rose planted in a large pot. It did well but did not survive the winter in my garden. I did try to protect it with a cover, but several false springs caused it to die.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Sing Again') | Posted on March 2, 2018 ]

I purchased Sing Again years ago and it finally bloomed in 2017. I had put it in a pot where it survived but didn't do much more than that. I finally decided to move it to a fairly good spot in 2015. Honestly, I was expecting it to die since it hadn't increased at all. But to my surprise it started to perk up. I was shocked to see a scape in 2017. I have to say it was worth the wait for me since I love the blend of colors. In the database it doesn't say if it is a diploid or tetraploid but mine is a diploid for sure (I only got seeds when I put the pollen on diploid cultivars).

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Spacecoast El Bandito') | Posted on March 2, 2018 ]

Spacecoast El Bandito is decidedly unhappy in my garden. It bloomed in 2015 and has not bloomed since! There has been no increase either. I've moved it to better positions hoping it would be happier. Doesn't look like there is any place in my yard where it will thrive. I may have lost it this winter due to having two weeks of bitterly cold temperatures in December. Luckily I have another daylily with similar coloration that is much happier in my garden.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Gentle Shepherd') | Posted on February 21, 2018 ]

As a semi-evergreen, Gentle Shepherd is not particularly happy in my garden. It seems to bloom every other year and has not increased much. The flowers are a creamy white. The scapes are short for me and the bud count has been very low. Overall I have been disappointed in this plant. It is in a large raised bed where it gets lots of midday sun. I was recently told by a hybridizer that GS is not a good plant for my area. I'm inclined to agree.

[ Bugbane (Actaea 'Queen of Sheba') | Posted on February 20, 2018 ]

I saw this plant growing in the New York Botanical Gardens in 2017. This is a very tall plant with small cream-colored flowers that are individually not particularly attractive. What drew me to the plant was the scent. I could smell it several feet away and it smelled heavenly! If you like the scent of lilacs in the spring, this plant will provide you with a similar scent in the late summer/early autumn. Another plus is that pollinators (especially bees) are very attracted to it. The plants I saw were blooming in late October. This would be a very desirable plant for the back of the border, provided you could place it somewhere where you could easily get a whiff of its fragrance. I have a very small garden and typically grow only dwarf plants, but I would definitely make space for this in my garden!

[ Snapdragon (Antirrhinum Aromas™ Red Spice) | Posted on February 20, 2018 ]

I grew the snapdragon Aromas Red Spice in 2017. I grew the plants from seed and transplanted them outside in the Spring. The plants grew well but never reached their full height. They may have been stunted by not having enough water since they were planted close to a mature pine tree and in full sun. The flowers were a deep red color but had very little in the way of scent. Considering that all the many snapdragons I've grown over the years had absolutely no scent these are an improvement. However, if you are expecting a plant with a heavy, wafting scent you will be disappointed. But even without much scent they are one of the prettiest red snapdragons I have grown.

[ White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima) | Posted on February 20, 2018 ]

White Snakeroot grows wild in my garden in NYC. At first I thought it was a weed but later found out that it was a native plant. I always make sure to leave some plants when I'm weeding my garden in spring and summer. I find the small white flowers to be quite attractive. It also blooms late in the summer/early fall when hardly anything else in the garden is blooming. The pollinators flock to it! The seeds are wind dispersed, but I haven't found it to be horribly invasive. The seedlings are easy enough to pull up and so far, none of my neighbors' yards have sprouted seedlings. This despite my typically having 10-20 plants flowering each year. I tend to have the same patch of them come up each year with a few stragglers about 3-4 feet away. My main patch is in partial to full shade and the plants grow about two feet tall.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Comic Strip') | Posted on February 14, 2018 ]

Although registered as a dormant, my potted Comic Strip acts more like a semi-evergreen. This explains why it hasn't multiplied well for me. Comic Strip did produce a proliferation in 2017 but it did not survive.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Carousel Princess') | Posted on February 14, 2018 ]

Although registered as a semi-evergreen, Carousel Princess acts as a dormant daylily in my northern garden.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Big Blue') | Posted on February 14, 2018 ]

Although registered as a dormant, this cultivar acts as a semi-evergreen for me in my northern garden. This would explain why it has not multiplied well in my garden as typically only dormant cultivars do well for me.

[ Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum 'Big Rainbow') | Posted on October 3, 2017 ]

Huge bicolor fruits! One slice is perfect for even larger slices of bread. Very meaty and juicy. I recommend leaving them on the vine until more red color shows for best flavor. If you do, best to use them within a day or so.

[ Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Flambe Red') | Posted on September 20, 2017 ]

Flambé Red is advertised as a color-changing pansy. Flowers start out as a vibrant purplish-red. As the flowers age the color lightens to almost a rose red. I find both colors to be attractive.

[ Impatiens walleriana 'Shady Lady Pink' | Posted on September 20, 2017 ]

Shady Lady Pink has flowers that range from white with a blush of pink to very pale pink. I believe the Shady Lady varieties prefer to be planted in full shade. I have the pink planted in partial shade and it started dying back during the height of summer. The red variety that is planted in full shade has done much better. Neither has bloomed as much as my Tempo series however.

[ Bellflower (Campanula Fancy MEE®) | Posted on September 16, 2017 ]

Since I purchased this plant I had it under grow lights indoors. It has been a non-stop blooming machine!

I have recently moved it outdoors in order to harden it off in preparation for planting outdoors. It is still blooming and is outperforming my campanula (Blue Clips) that is planted in a raised bed.

[ Busy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana 'Tempo Cherry Butterfly') | Posted on August 12, 2017 ]

I grew this plant this year and am very pleased with it. Flowers constantly. Has not had any problem with powdery mildew at all. As of early August the plant has formed a nice clump in full shade.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Miss Piggy's Feather Boa') | Posted on July 9, 2017 ]

I got Miss Piggy's Feather Boa as a gift plant from the hybridizer this Spring. It bloomed for the first time today and I was surprised at how fragrant it is! I'm not a big fan of spidery types but it does make a nice double flower.

[ Purple Velvet Plant (Gynura aurantiaca) | Posted on June 1, 2017 ]

The flowers to me smell musty or mildewy. Not pleasant! The plants are quite beautiful though.

[ Lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon 'Galaxy Mixed') | Posted on May 27, 2017 ]

Two out of three plants of Galaxy rotted over the summer of 2016. One plant survived and now has buds! Definitely recommend very sharp drainage. Also, do not plant out the first year in areas with cold climates.

[ Lewisia (Lewisia cotyledon 'Regenbogen') | Posted on May 27, 2017 ]

Wintersowed these in a jug with gravel at the bottom. Despite lots of rain the seedlings are doing well in the jug. Same variety at the NYBG but at least one plant has died there. A bit worried they might not be very hardy here.

[ Impatiens walleriana 'Shady Lady Red' | Posted on May 21, 2017 ]

The top side of the leaves are the typical green but the undersides have dark red blotches. See picture in the database.

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