All Things Gardening forum: Hardy Snapdragon

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Hackettstown, NJ (Zone 6a)
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Gardengirlinpink
Nov 17, 2018 9:33 AM CST
I love snapdragons - they are so hardy. Here is one in my backyard:
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Nov 17, 2018 6:55 PM CST
I have not had snapdragons for many years. Do yours make it thru the winter?
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_Bleu_
Nov 26, 2018 12:40 AM CST
I planted 4 snapdragons in full sun back in May. They did great for about a month. When the first heatwave hit our area, they looked awful but I did not have the heart to chuck them so I transplanted them to an area where they'd be out of sight. About a month ago, when the weather started to cool, they began to perk up and now they look beautiful again but I have to go out of my way to see them. I learned my lesson. *Blush*
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 29, 2018 11:46 AM CST
I cut mine back. They start growing back in the spring. I have some others that are in a shadier spot, and they last a lot longer. I have not yet cut them back. They smell so good, I am going to have to grow more so I can have some for bouquets. They don't like our hot summers and sulk during the heat. So far, winter hasn't killed them, but sometimes summer does.
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(Zone 10a)
_Bleu_
Nov 29, 2018 12:31 PM CST
Evelyn, we must be about 8 hours apart. Is LakeTahoe in your area? Here snapdragons bloom from fall to spring. And, you know, I never noticed their scent. Sad

In your experience, how large do these plants get?
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Nov 29, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Frank, I have some in part shade under my front room window. They bloom great in the spring then die back when it starts to heat up. In the fall they grow Back and re bloom. I've had some blooming as late as CHRSTMAS, i DON'T KNOW IF THEY OVER WINTER OR JUST RESEED THEMSeLVES BUT i HAD THEM COME BACK FOR SEVERAL TIMES. THEN ONE YRAR THEY JUST SEEM TO DISAPPEAR AND i HAVE TO GET mORE.

oops, sorry about the typing. i'm one handed today due to carpel tunnel surgery.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 30, 2018 12:16 PM CST
_Bleu_ said:Evelyn, we must be about 8 hours apart. Is LakeTahoe in your area? Here snapdragons bloom from fall to spring. And, you know, I never noticed their scent. Sad

In your experience, how large do these plants get?


Blue ~ It depends on the variety. There are dwarfs medians and tall snapdragons.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 30, 2018 4:58 PM CST
_Bleu_ said:Evelyn, we must be about 8 hours apart. Is LakeTahoe in your area? Here snapdragons bloom from fall to spring. And, you know, I never noticed their scent. Sad


I live in between Lake Tahoe and Sacramento, about 25 miles southeast of Placerville.

Some of the old-fashioned varieties of snaps have fragrance, others have little or none.
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Nov 30, 2018 5:07 PM CST
Some of them smell like fruity bubblegum! Lovey dubby
I've noticed that the orange ones are often fragrant.
Hackettstown, NJ (Zone 6a)
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Gardengirlinpink
Dec 3, 2018 8:47 PM CST
Hey Frank,
I have had many come back and some even stay somewhat green all winter long. When I lived in Colorado they did the same. I have not had problems with them during the heat. Mine have grown well all summer. I like the fact that the deer leave them alone. Once in a while I have had problems with them getting anthracnose. I love the variety of colors. Then you can make them "talk" for the grandkids and they get a kick out of that. Sorry for the delay in my response. Smiling
Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Dec 4, 2018 2:54 PM CST
I also love snapdragons. They bloom all summer and autumn without problems and go under the snow with buds. But I have time to collect seeds for planting in late January for early flowering. Smiling
I planted a double snapdragons for the first time. But the double did not produce seeds.

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Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Frenchy21
Dec 4, 2018 10:46 PM CST
Pretty blooms Larisa! Smiling
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 4, 2018 11:18 PM CST
GreenTara18 said:I also love snapdragons. They bloom all summer and autumn without problems and go under the snow with buds. But I have time to collect seeds for planting in late January for early flowering. Smiling
I planted a double snapdragons for the first time. But the double did not produce seeds.

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Larissa ~ Very pretty! Lovey dubby
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Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Dec 6, 2018 2:00 PM CST
Thank you all! Smiling
This is one of the plants that once upon a time my grandmother planted in her garden. But grandma's flowers had a wonderful aroma. Not only snapdragon, but Nicotiana alata and others. She collected and protected these seeds.
Then came the plants of new breeding. They had interesting colors, shapes and sizes. But they lost the fragrance that I remember. Now I am very sorry that I did not have enough intelligence to save those old plants. *Blush*
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 7, 2018 12:29 AM CST
Larissa ~ Try growing the Rocket series of snapdragons. They smell sweet. And some of the sweet peas have very nice fragrance.

The only drawback is that the Rocket series can grow tall, and may have to be staked. Have you grown stock? ( Matthiola incana)
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Name: Larisa
Russia, Moscow (Zone 5a)
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GreenTara18
Dec 7, 2018 11:51 AM CST
Thanks, Evelyn ! Smiling I found the seeds of the Rocket series of snapdragons in the catalog. I added this to my list. Does it have the same smell day and night?
I plant sweet peas, love it.
And I grow Matthiola bicornis with linum grandiflorum rubrum. Just make a mix and plant it together. Linum opens flowers in the morning. In the evening, linum closes, but mattiola opens.
I appreciate the evening scent , because I like the evening walks in the garden.
In the daytime it is light, I see that I have to do something, such as weeding. And in the evening it is dark, I see nothing and just walk. Big Grin
In addition, I plant oriental lilies in pots and put it in different parts of the garden. Smiling

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