Perennials forum: Favourite perennials in my Canadian garden

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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
May 28, 2013 8:33 AM CST
Cinda I can completely identify with the two finger typing and poor spelling! Way back in school the teacher gave me extra marks if I spelled my name correctly! Hilarious!
I'm going to be in big trouble at work this fall when ALL our work is being switched to the computer. No breaks for me just so I can catch up with the typing.

I do know of the Doctrine of Signatures but many, many plants get names in local or isolated areas where that name is in common use by the people in those particular areas and I was just wondering if lungbane was one of them. I've been asked about plants at work where the person is describing a plant that sounds familiar but I haven't a clue by the name they call it. When they show me a picture I can identify it right away. Where they had come from the people there always called the plants by the names they were using. Most people don't or can't use botanical names because they are long cumbersome and difficult to remember, spell and pronounce.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 28, 2013 10:55 AM CST
Cumbersome and challenging, Brian, but you've given one big argument for using botanical names;
and think it becomes more important in purchasing plants.

Like others, I'm quite hostile to the business trend to use selling names, rather than cultivar (viz. the horticultural extension of botanical) names.
A properly assigned cultivar name is unique to the particular plant and nobody can own it.
Name: Cinda
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May 28, 2013 11:40 AM CST
I can relate to the name spelling , I was in 5th grade before I knew how to spell my middle name *Blush*

And for Latin I should know how to pronounce, but only can remember a very few words from 3 years of Latin in High school.

I will almost not buy a plant if it does not have the ''real'' name attached , you just never know what you are getting.
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 28, 2013 8:47 PM CST
Some perennials in the garden yesterday:

Brunnera 'Dawson's White'.

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Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'.
(With forget-me-nots.)

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Dwarf iris 'What Again'.

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Some of the primulas have been blooming for some time.
A polyanthus, 'Perth Sunset', deadheaded.



A cowslip.

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The Japanese primulas are in bud.
'Miller's Crimson'.


Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 29, 2013 12:20 PM CST
Some more of the reliable perennials, in flower, in our garden today.

Trollius ('Orange Crest').



A Biedermeier columbine.

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Tiarella wherryi.



Pulmonaria 'E.B.Anderson', etc. between two moss phlox.
(Got to eliminate the seedling).

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Also:
Allium 'Purple Sensation'.



Spanish bluebells (Star of Bethlehem at edges).

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Still have late tulips in the shadiest locations.

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
May 29, 2013 1:06 PM CST
Beautiful garden!!
Love the Trollius. Lovey dubby
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The other is as though everything is a miracle
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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 29, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Thanks, Janice.

Trollius is hardy and long-lived here.
The cultivar we see most often for sale is 'Golden Queen', but orange or yellow, it's great perennial value for the money.
It's also very low maintenance, never running or seeding;
and some plants even have a later second boom.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 29, 2013 4:30 PM CST
Meant to include this picture, taken today, of Phlox 'Nora Leigh'.

Never used to be big on perennials with variegated leaves, but have now changed my mind.
Think they add some variety to perennial beds when there's too much green.

Have several phlox with variegated leaves.
Had 'Becky Towe' as long as 'Nora Leigh', but find 'Nora Leigh' to be much more vigorous and hence much more of a survivor.


Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 31, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Iris graminea this morning.

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
May 31, 2013 8:30 PM CST
Japanese primulas ('Miller's Crimson') in bloom today.

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 1, 2013 11:11 AM CST
Today:
Iris 'Double Your Fun', in front of Polemonium caeruleum 'Brise d'Anjou'.



Iris 'Red Zinger'.



More Spanish (or hybrid) bluebells.

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 8, 2013 8:54 PM CST
Today:

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Closer; painted daisy 'Robinson's Crimson' and siberian iris 'Caesar's Brother'.

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Filling in gaps with annuals (annual fillers).

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Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 11, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Today:

Iris 'Acapulco Gold'.



Iris sibirica 'Silver Edge'.



First peonies blooming.
'Edulis Superba'.



'Duchesse de Nemours'.



Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 22, 2013 7:40 PM CST
Today.

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Peonies:

'Festiva Maxima'



'Krinkled White'



'Tom Eckhardt'



Clematis potamii



Bellflower 'Brantwood' and a Canadian Explorer Rose.



Garden phlox in bottom right of picture above, and below, is new 'Glamour Girl' (coral pink).
Like the only other garden phlox in the garden, currently in bloom, it was bought and planted in mid May of this year.

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Jun 22, 2013 8:13 PM CST
What a glorious garden, Charlie!

Such great Peonies and love the new Phlox 'Glamour Girl' color combination. Lovey dubby
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 22, 2013 9:08 PM CST
As said, Janice, love garden phlox, so lucky to have 'Glamour Girl' in flower now.

Still just in bloom because I purchased it potted and planted it in May of this year.
Have been told that a lot of the perennials we buy here are grown in your climate (told the Carolinas).

Nice to see the colour of 'Glamour Girl'.
Think I'd agree with "coral-pink".
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 23, 2013 6:31 AM CST
That is a nice perennial garden.
Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jun 23, 2013 7:10 AM CST
Thanks, Caroline.

Think doing painting of gardens might be an easier approach.
Perennials just can't be relied on for cooperation.
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
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SunnyBorders
Jul 1, 2013 7:59 PM CST
Yesterday:

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Today:

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Planted today:
Phlox paniculata 'Twister' (A Darwin Perennial Introduction: "A reversed version of 'Peppermint Twist'".)
Plant already had a branch mutation (the pink/red part) when purchased, presumably a reversion to the parent plant ('Candy Floss'?)

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Jul 1, 2013 9:22 PM CST
Very lush and lovely, Charlie!! Hurray!

What Phlox are those?
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.

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