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Michelle. L.03-Aug-06 01:37 AM EST 5a   
Marg03-Aug-06 07:37 AM EST   
Michelle. L.03-Aug-06 11:23 AM EST 5a   
Shari03-Aug-06 02:25 PM EST 6   
luca03-Aug-06 05:02 PM EST 8   
Michelle. L.04-Aug-06 02:24 AM EST 5a   
Michelle. L.04-Aug-06 02:28 AM EST 5a   
luca 04-Aug-06 06:24 AM EST   
Shari04-Aug-06 06:52 PM EST 6   
Michelle. L.05-Aug-06 02:07 AM EST 5a   
Pearl Frushour28-Sep-06 08:39 PM EST 5b   
Pearl Frushour28-Sep-06 08:55 PM EST 5b   
Michelle. L.30-Sep-06 01:21 AM EST 5a   


Subject: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 03-Aug-06 01:37 AM EST

Just for curiosity sake, I was wondering which kind of plants people favor in their garden and why. You know, the ones you would be devastated to lose over winter [ although myself I hate to lose any]. My top three favorites are roses, lilies, and heliopsis.


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Marg
Zone:
Date: 03-Aug-06 07:37 AM EST

My favorite plants are daylilies and hostas. There's no limit to this list right? Then I like clematis, ferns, heliopsis, groundcovers. Hostas and ferns just look great in the garden and go with anything else, clematis doesn't need a reason to be favorite, it just is, groundcovers are really nice to have in the garden because they help keep the soil moist and reduce watering, heliopsis because it is long flowering and reseeds itself everywhere, at least mine does. Marg


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 03-Aug-06 11:23 AM EST

I agree with you Marg, on all counts.. hard to pick favorites and I definetly should have included hostas, they look great flowers or not. I have one I found last year,called Stained Glass, white flowers, the only fragrant hosta I have come across. VERY FRAGRANT!!! I also have a daylily called King George that has blooms bigger than my hand spread open, bright yellow with red markings inside.. if you don't have this one, and you like daylilies, pick this up if you come across it, you won't be disappointed.


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 03-Aug-06 02:25 PM EST

Well I am too new to perennials to really have established favorites yet. But I do have some childhood faves that I absolutely had to plant in my new garden: roses, lilies, iris and poppies. Also, I decided to forfeit peonies and am regretting that decision - will have remedy that next year!

As a beginning gardener, I am also finding myself quite taken with daylilies and hostas. The favorite of my daylilies is "Chicago Apache", it has huge velvety deep-red blooms with a lovely scent. I also planted one called "Dark-eyed Magic" that has smaller blooms, creamy-coloured with a dark purple splotch in the centre. Gorgeous. Thanks Michelle for the recommendation for the "King George" daylily, it sounds very striking.

I'm also liking my heucheras and lady's mantle (hmmm there seems to be a foliage theme going on here) and campanulas.

Oh heck, I like them all!


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: luca
Zone: 8
Date: 03-Aug-06 05:02 PM EST

Dearest all, How I wish my english was good enought to join your forum..but is not...anyway I was happy to have the chance to read "you"....all the best from me from Italy..!!


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Aug-06 02:24 AM EST

This is for Shari.. if you like daylilies, I could give you a piece of my King George one if you like and I have a orange double one that needs dividing..and since you like campanulas, be sure to get a campanula lactiflora "Loddon Anna".. it is amazing, a little different than other campanula's and grows about 3 feet tall, light lavender blooms and has such a great strong smell that I could sit and smell it for hours!! I can't give you any of my clump because as I found out before [ and lost my plant because of it] it can't be moved because it has a very long tap root that will break off and it doesn't seem to come back after..it all comes from that one long root instead of a big clump like most plants, the upside of this is it never needs dividing!


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 04-Aug-06 02:28 AM EST

Hello Luca from Italy!!! Nice to read your note. How is your garden there? All the best from Canada


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: luca
Zone:
Date: 04-Aug-06 06:24 AM EST

Hello Michelle..my garden is with lots of problems..during the winter ,I live near Turin..Piedmont( north west part )we have very low temperatures,of course not like you,I mean -10°C..and now we had now +35°c with very little rain..so you will imagine that it is not easy to keep all the flora in good shape..anyway ,,we have to resist...all the best from me..


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Shari (sharishabits@telus.net)
Zone: 6
Date: 04-Aug-06 06:52 PM EST

Hi Michelle, thanks for the offer of the daylilies, yes I would love them although I don't have a place for them at the moment. When would you want to pass them on?

I recall you talking about your campanula lactiflora in another thread...I will look for it, you had to get it from a nursery on the Lower Mainland, right?

Hello also to Luca! Your weather does sound quite a bit like ours here in our little part of Canada. Michelle and I live in the Okanagan Valley in southern British Columbia. It is hot and dry here in the summer time and we have mild winters like yours. Lots of watering in the summer time!

What is your garden like?


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 05-Aug-06 02:07 AM EST

I think waiting till fall would be best.. so make some room, and let me know when your ready and we'll arrange it. Yes, I did have to get it on the coast, my first plant of it [ the one I moved and lost] was ordered from Dominion Seed House but they don't carry it anymore.


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Pearl Frushour
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Sep-06 08:39 PM EST

I have a hybiscus that I saved from my youngest sons wedding 6 years ago. it has gotten very big and gangly. Can I trim it back?


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Pearl Frushour
Zone: 5b
Date: 28-Sep-06 08:55 PM EST

I just read all your messages. I live south of Lake Michigan in Indiana. My hybiscus is a house plant. I have enjoyed reading about all your plants. I just never seem to have much time for plants. I love tulips and daffidils. last early summer we went up to Holland, Michgan to the tulip farm and ordered tulips while there. they just came yesterday as it is time to put them out in Oct. I also love tuberous bigonias. every year I go and buy some more. My favorites are ornage and yellow. While at the nursery this year a lady told me she puts her hanging baskets in the basement in the winter but I did not find out how she does it . that is the reason I got on the internet and searched for a site that could help me learn how to save the tubers. So tonight we may get a frost and I shall see if the plants turn black so I can clean the tubers and store them for the winter. then I must learn how to start them in the spring.


Subject: RE: Favorite Plants
From: Michelle. L.
Zone: 5a
Date: 30-Sep-06 01:21 AM EST

Greetings Pearl!! I love the spring bulbs too.. i went a little crazy this year buying bulbs, they have such a selection out there which makes it hard to choose so in the end I ended up with about 400 bulbs to plant, different tulips, crocus's, daffodils and some more giant allium, it is way easier to buy the bulbs, than plant them, ALOT of work!!! I can't help you with your begonia tubers although I do know how to overwinter others, but if you are new to this site, why not ask on the Live Chat they have on Sundays at 10 [ or 1:00 Eastern]??? I think it is cancelled for this Sunday but i am sure they will be back next week, very helpful and you get your answer right away!! I just thought I would mention it in case you didn't know about it. Good Luck


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