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Jun 29, 2012 11:08 PM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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These are my 10 best looking plants right now, based on their performance in this awful weather we are having. No rain and high temps over 100 are hard on most plants, but these seem to be doing very well. They aren't in any particular order.

Here are my Top 10 Plants in this terrible Summer weather!
1.) Helenium 'Mardi Gras'
2.) Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights'
3.) Delosperma dyeri
4.) Delosperma 'Lavender Ice'
5.) Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee'
6.) Echinacea 'Burgundy Fireworks'
7.) Helenium 'Tiny Dancer'
8.) Yucca 'Color Guard'
9.) Delosperma cooperi
10.) Agastache hybrida 'Acapulco Trio'

What are your top 10 plants right now?
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Jul 1, 2012 7:39 PM CST
Name: Corey
Chicago (Zone 6a)
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Most of my garden is newly planted this year, but these are among the few that are settling in well:

1. True lilies
2. Crambe maritima
3. Allium 'Summer Beauty'
4. Phuopsis stylosa
5. Allium nutans 'Pam Harper'
6. Veronicastrum 'Fascination'
7. Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
8. Allium sphaerocephalon
9. Hemerocallis 'Notify Ground Crew'
10. Hemerocallis citrina 'Yao Ming'

My spring planted hardy geraniums, alchemilla, penstemons, perovskia, tall phlox, agastaches and many others are really struggling with the heat and drought in spite of regular hose waterings.

I have a small plant of Helenium 'Mardi Gras' just starting to flower now, but I find that I need to water it almost daily or it goes into a frightening death wilt.
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Jul 1, 2012 8:01 PM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
I think it's normal for them to need more water the first season. I've had my Helenium for 3 years now. They are showing out this year! Hurray!
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Jul 2, 2012 7:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
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Rudbeckias
Coreopsis
Echinacea
Monarda
Agastache
Delosperma
H.Grand Tiara
Miscanthus
Golden Sedge
Variegated Lily Turf

Green Grin!
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 7:37 AM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
Susan - do you have Hesperaloe parviflora 'Brakelights'? I can't get over how long it blooms. The bloom stalk was done at the top and the side of it put out blooms too. I think it's my favorite new plant!
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Jul 2, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
WOW!! Drooling Drooling Drooling
I really like that, I put it in my wish list album, I saved a picture so I would remember why I wanted it. How big do they get?? I saw 24-36 inches when I looked it up. Wish it was not so big I would have ten. Green Grin!
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 11:33 AM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
I would say mine is about 18 inches tall including that stalk, but this is its first year. They put up offsets which you can break off and root to make more or let it become fuller. It's smaller than the other Hesperaloe plants. I am putting mine with some yellow Coreopsis and Helenium. Note: Monrovia says it only gets 2 feet tall and wide. I think that is the correct size. I don't think it will ever get 36 inches. It's a smaller version with redder blooms. It's a hummingbird magnet too!

Here's the link to Monrovia's info...
http://www.monrovia.com/plant-...
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Jul 2, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
My browser cannot connect to that. Sad

Anyway, I will find somewhere to put one by next year. Let me clean up the mess I got. I am going to try and take some time off in the fall. I want to finish up the butterfly garden and get some river rocks for a couple of raised beds. I have 15 shrubs I need to plant, and I also have a bunch of Iris and Day lilies that will be shipped in fall.

Oh, another full sun plant that I have is the best one actually, it is called 'Cup Plant' (Silphium perfoliatum) It looks a little like a giant clump of sunflowers like Maximillion, but it does not have to be watered everyday, I watered mine about once every two weeks. It has the yellow flowers, nectar, seeds, and pollen, also the leaves fuse together to form a cup that holds water when it rains. Here is a picture.Thumb of 2012-07-02/virginiarose/29681a
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 12:09 PM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
Nice! You can always use more plants for the pot ghetto. LOL. By the way...Here's a photo of the entire Hesperaloe 'Brakelights.' Please ignore the other crap around it. I have neglected this section. LOL. Note that it also puts up new flowers along the stem after the ones at the top are about done.
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Jul 2, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
Lets just say my four inch ghetto pots have been promoted to 8 inch. They take up more room, go figure!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 12:16 PM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
Rolling on the floor laughing I am just about finished planting all of the pot ghetto plants!!!! Today I planted two more Kniphofia and have 3 to go, along with some rooted cuttings and 22 Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'. LOL.
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Jul 2, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
BTW, I saw some Allium that look like Kniphofia, well they do to me. Sphaerocephalum AlliumThumb of 2012-07-02/virginiarose/8ca8da
What do you think?? They get 28" tall.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 12:44 PM CST
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Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
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Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
I have something just like that. The package said 'Drumstick.' I'm not sure that's the same thing or not. They look good with Echinaceas! I think I want them all. LOL.
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Jul 2, 2012 12:52 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
Hurray! That's what I'm talking about, I was going to get some but my list is kinda pricey so I had to drop some things. I am getting the tall blue globe ones, the kind that get four feet tall. Woo Hoo!!
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 2, 2012 12:56 PM CST
Moderator
Name: Clint Brown
Medina, TN (Zone 7b)
Beekeeper Garden Art Hellebores Heucheras Hummingbirder Garden Procrastinator
Sedums Sempervivums Region: Tennessee Region: United States of America Ferns Echinacea
Our winter was so warm that my Alliums didn't look so hot this year. Maybe next year they will bloom more. I just want tons of blooms all summer. If it blooms a lot and is easy to propagate, I want it. LOL.
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Jul 2, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Name: Susan
Virginia (Zone 8a)
God is the only thing that matters.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
Thumbs up I know, right?
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Mat.6:28-29
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Jul 11, 2012 2:32 AM CST
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy!
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I'd have to say
Echinacea
Monarda
Liatris
Tall Phlox
Low growing Sedum
True Lilies
Drumstick Allium
Blue Butterfly Delphinium
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Jul 12, 2012 9:36 PM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Butterflies Roses Region: New Jersey Lilies Hostas
Dog Lover Daylilies Bulbs Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I don't even think I can get to 10 in this horrible weather
even my Sedum 'Fulda Glow' is looking bad

Echi 'Amazing Dream'
Mary Todd DL
Coreopsis 'Comic Evolution'
Weigela 'Ghost'
Sedum 'Angelina'
Very surprisingly Heuchera 'Midnight Rose is doing great

really sad can't think of any more
We need some serious rain!
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Jul 13, 2012 1:39 AM CST
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Garden Ideas: Master Level Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy!
Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Boy, so do we Jen. We've had about 1/2" since May and temps in the 90's. NOT good!
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Jul 13, 2012 10:08 AM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Butterflies Roses Region: New Jersey Lilies Hostas
Dog Lover Daylilies Bulbs Enjoys or suffers cold winters
We had so much rain early spring and now nothing, we need 5 straight days of rain....grass is crunchy, I watered everything really deeply yesterday, just waiting on news of watering restrictions, 1 county already has

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