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[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Third Witch') | Posted on October 5, 2017 ]

In its first season in my garden, Third Witch bloomed from June 26 through August 14. It is lovely, especially planted near yellow-green daylilies that complement its green throat.

[ Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Muskogee') | Posted on July 31, 2017 ]

Muskogee has proved to be a fast-growing and tough tree in my zone 6b windy hilltop garden. Newly planted in fall, 2014, Muskogee survived the unusually cold 2014-2015 winter with ease, in contrast to crape myrtle cultivars Hopi, which died, and Velour, which is usually a winter survivor here but which died to the ground that winter. Muskogee is a very pretty tree, with its lovely light pink/purple flowers. I have five Muskogee crape myrtles, and all are doing very well.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Regal Finale') | Posted on July 28, 2017 ]

I planted three double fans of Regal Finale in early September 2016. I obtained the plants from Sterrett Gardens, Craddockville Virginia. Each original double fan produced three scapes during its first season of bloom (2017), and the flowers were beautiful, with a velvet-like texture, stunning deep wine color, and gorgeous green throat. I chose Regal Finale because of its lovely appearance, because it blooms somewhat late, and because it was hybridized by Patrick Stamile. I became a fan of Patrick Stamile because of other cultivars that have always performed very well in my garden: Strawberry Candy and Ruby Spider. I am very pleased with Regal Finale!

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Royal Occasion') | Posted on July 19, 2017 ]

This is an amazing cultivar for its prolific blooms. Six-way branching on strong scapes produces lots of blooms held above the foliage. Blooms are heavy substance.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Royal Occasion') | Posted on July 13, 2017 ]

I have had Royal Occasion for one year (planted July, 2016), and I am very pleased with its performance in my zone 6b garden. It has six-way branching on some scapes and five-way branching on others, and the blooms are lovely. It has already produced a very nice clump.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Red Hot Returns') | Posted on July 13, 2017 ]

I have had Red Hot Returns for about ten years, and I am very disappointed with it. It has not rebloomed, and it has not formed clumps in my zone 6b garden.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Fooled Me') | Posted on July 13, 2017 ]

Fooled me is a stunning, eye-catching bright light in my zone 6b garden, even without supplemental water. It makes a nice clump, and the flowers always bloom way above the foliage. I could not be happier with its performance.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Royal Celebration') | Posted on June 27, 2017 ]

I have 84 different daylily cultivars in my garden, most represented by multiple clumps, and Royal Celebration is the only one that has not done well. When it formed flower buds, they started out as unusually small structures and then shrank into deformed shapes and dried up. Finally, the entire spike dried up. Photographs can be seen here:

The thread "Royal Celebration: Need advice" in Daylilies forum

I was very confused as to what was going on with my plants, so I asked the daylily experts at garden.org. I learned from their responses that there is a genetic defect in Royal Celebration that causes stunted buds. Several people who tried to grow it reported getting rid of it because of their experience with its stunted buds.

I wonder how Royal Celebration could have won an Honorable Mention award from the American Hemerocallis Society when it has these problems.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Miss Amelia') | Posted on June 22, 2017 ]

Year after year, Miss Amelia holds its own, blooms reliably, and increases its clump size competing with the roots of a water-greedy red maple.

[ Forest Cabbage Tree (Cordyline banksii Electric Pink™) | Posted on June 19, 2017 ]

This cultivar performed very poorly for me and eventually died.

I purchased three plants in late winter, 2017, and maintained them as house plants until spring. My goal was to use them as spikes (thrillers) in outdoor pots once spring arrived. By spring, two plants were dead, and the third appeared viable but not robust, so I planted that one in a pot with a Coleus, Petrosedum rupestre subsp. Rupestre 'Angelina' and New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkerii 'Tamarinda Purple Bicolor'). The Cordyline banksii Electric Pink then died as the two other plants of this cultivar had done. The other plants in the pot are doing fine.

[ Coral Bells (Heuchera Dolce® Peach Melba) | Posted on June 8, 2017 ]

Peach Melba has been a very poor performer in my zone 6b gardens. I have had two plants for several years, and neither has increased in size. They have struggled so much that I am amazed that they are still alive. I have moved them to a variety of locations with different amounts of shade and water, but nothing has made them happy.

[ Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro') | Posted on March 19, 2017 ]

Stella de Oro is always the first daylily to bloom in my zone 6b garden, adding bright lights wherever it grows. It blooms and reblooms (after a rest) from early to late in the season, year after year, without special care, e.g., watering. I live on top of a windy, drought-prone hill where water must be rationed, so I don't water Stella de Oro. I haven't done much fertilizing or dividing because I don't have places for the divisions.

The foliage is always very nice until after the first bloom cycle. Then it tends to turn brown and thin out. Subsequent scapes are shorter, less plentiful and less robust, but they do continue intermittently all season.

I use Stella de Oro to edge gardens, prevent erosion on slopes, and fill empty spaces in the garden that need a bit of brightness.

[ Camellia 'April Rose' | Posted on February 24, 2017 ]

I have been growing April Rose for nearly eight years in an eastern exposed zone 6b garden immediately adjacent to my house. After mild winters, e.g., 2015-16, the foliage has remained a beautiful dark green and the flowers abundant and beautiful. After brutally cold winters, e.g., 2014-15, the foliage has burned. In cool springs, e.g., 2016, the flowers have been abundant, beautiful, and long-lasting. However, hot weather has turned the flowers to ugly brown mush. I love this camellia because when conditions are right, it is spectacular!

[ Camellia (Camellia japonica 'April Kiss') | Posted on February 24, 2017 ]

I have been growing April Kiss for nearly ten years in an eastern exposed zone 6b garden immediately adjacent to my house. After mild winters, e.g., 2015-16, the foliage has remained a beautiful dark green and the flowers abundant and beautiful. After brutally cold winters, e.g., 2014-15, the foliage has burned. In cool springs, e.g., 2016, the flowers have been abundant, beautiful, and long-lasting. However, hot weather has turned the flowers to ugly brown mush. I love this camellia because when conditions are right, it is spectacular!

[ Rose (Rosa 'Wedding Bells') | Posted on October 31, 2016 ]

I planted 'Wedding Bells' grafted to Multiflora rose stock from Palatine Roses in early spring, 2016. It produced beautiful blooms in June, but as the summer heat increased, bloom quality declined (e.g., ugly brown edges on the petals). As cooler fall weather settled in, the blooms became beautiful once again. I was never able to detect any fragrance; nor could any visitors to my garden. This observation differs from the description of this cultivar found here: http://newflora.com/product/we.... Based on one season in my zone 6b Pennsylvania garden, it seems that 'Wedding Bells' is stressed by hot summer temperatures and very happy in cooler weather .

[ Rose (Rosa 'Beverly') | Posted on October 31, 2016 ]

I planted 'Beverly' grafted to Multiflora rose stock from Palatine Roses in early spring, 2016. It produced beautiful, wonderfully fragrant blooms in June. As the summer heat increased, bloom quality declined (e.g., ugly brown edges on the petals), although the fabulous fragrance never faltered. As cooler fall weather settled in, the blooms became beautiful once again. So based on one season, it seems that 'Beverly' is stressed by hot summer temperatures and very happy in cooler weather in my zone 6b Pennsylvania garden.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Savannah') | Posted on September 27, 2016 ]

I planted three own-root 'Savannah' bushes from Chamblee's Rose Nursery in spring, 2016. I enjoyed beautiful foliage and wonderfully fragrant blooms intermittently from June 7 through early fall without the use of any pesticides. The blooms did not suffer brown edges as did 'Beverly' and 'Wedding Bells'. However, as fall progressed, 'Savannah' stopped blooming, in contrast to 'Beverly' an 'Wedding Bells', which began to bloom profusely. Based on one season in my zone 6b Pennsylvania garden, it seems that 'Savannah' really shines when summer temperatures are hot (or days are longer) and is less likely to bloom as fall progresses.

[ Rose (Rosa 'Stanwell Perpetual') | Posted on July 4, 2016 ]

In 2013, the Scott Arboretum's Dean Bond Rose Garden in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, was renovated to be more sustainable by replacing the more disease-prone roses with more disease-resistant rose cultivars. 'Stanwell Perpetual' is included among the more disease-resistant cultivars in the renovated garden.

[ Mountain Garlic (Allium lusitanicum 'Summer Beauty') | Posted on July 4, 2016 ]

Throughout the Scott Arboretum's Dean Bond Rose Garden in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, Mountain Garlic (Allium lustitanicum 'Summer Beauty' is prominently interspersed among the roses, helping to repel rose-damaging insects. In 2013 this garden was renovated to be more sustainable by replacing the more disease-prone roses with more disease-resistant rose cultivars and a mix of perennials, with Allium 'Summer Beauty' prominent among them.

[ Japanese Laurel (Aucuba japonica 'Picturata') | Posted on July 1, 2016 ]

The large solid yellow center of the leaves is the most attractive feature of Picturata. However, in my garden, this plant has reverted to all leaves with small yellow spots instead of a large yellow center.

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