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Nov 26, 2011 8:44 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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?
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Nov 27, 2011 10:13 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
What, did you all plant wimps this year??? Whistling
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Nov 27, 2011 12:52 PM CST
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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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....
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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Nov 27, 2011 1:47 PM CST
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Organic Gardener Bookworm Enjoys or suffers hot summers Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs
Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder
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
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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Nov 27, 2011 2:06 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I agree I grew Tennessee Coneflower and Tennessee Aster this year and they did great.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Nov 27, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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
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Nov 27, 2011 4:53 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
My Heucheras have done well. They seem quite hardy here.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Nov 29, 2011 5:29 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Nov 29, 2011 6:37 PM CST
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Echinacea
Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yikes. Did you get snow Sheryl? I heard that parts of Tn did.

Karen
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Nov 29, 2011 7:13 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Yeah, got some brief flurries this afternoon, but it was still 37ยบ out, so not a big deal...
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Nov 30, 2011 4:14 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
We didn't get any snow here. Interesting the difference a few miles can make. Green Grin!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Nov 30, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
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.


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Nov 30, 2011 9:46 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
That's for sure.

Thanks. Green Grin!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Dec 27, 2011 11:15 AM CST
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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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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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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Dec 27, 2011 12:07 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
Love that ... it's on my list for next season. Thumbs up Hurray!
I garden for the pollinators.
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Dec 27, 2011 12:56 PM CST
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 2
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
New England Aster
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Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Dec 27, 2011 1:04 PM CST
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
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
Thanks, Tee!

Jmorth, beautiful photos and plant!!
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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Dec 27, 2011 6:34 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Charter ATP Member Keeps Horses Dog Lover Cat Lover Permaculture
Butterflies Birds Cottage Gardener Herbs I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises
Well, if you plant it before October, it's a tough plant, J! I've killed it twice so far.... Thumbs down
In the end, only kindness matters.

Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Dec 28, 2011 3:05 AM CST
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 2
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
thanks Janice and keep on trying sheryl
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
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Dec 28, 2011 5:23 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Avid Green Pages Reviewer Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Lilies
I have Lamiums that wont quit.

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