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Best 3 plants of Summer 2017, yes 3!!!

24 September 2017 22:58:25

Sorry no pictures camera broken but you will know the plants I mention I am sure.

The longest flowering perennial starting early June and still in flower is Cuphea. A super plant and one I love. Does very well from cuttings ... 100% rooting.

A surprise on the list may be Feverfew.  Yes it seeds readily but easy to pull out. Great feature is how long the flowers last and it gives a lovely clump of white daisy flowers for months.

And then we come to my bestest plant Monarda.....it was super in the hot borders this year. Lots of people have asked me for a piece and as it spreads so well here hopefully i can oblige in the Spring.  Flowers for about two months and responds well to the Chelsea chop. Also lovely scent from the leaves, great plant.

So what are your best three?  I know there are lots we could mention but keeping to three  will make it interesting to see if there is a favourite.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 September 2017 23:17:58

I have to admit that Calla Lilies do great here for me. I keep them dry in the greenhouse over winter, and feed like mad during the summer. Very exotic looking. Have a burgundy one and it looks fab with Crocosmia. Also hardy Gerbera adds a bit of 'oomph' to my hot border. Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is a great border plant and teams up nicely with Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'. 

But I could go on and on. Love Echinops, Globe Artichoke.  Ok, I'll stop now.

JoanG JoanG 25 September 2017 20:41:12

Three great plants there Elizabeth.  I got a Cuphea from Fran some time ago; it struggled in a pot but once planted in the ground last spring has really taken off and is still in flower now.  I never succeeded with Monarda and haven't tried Feverfew, though it grows well in our neighbourhood. Was going to mention my three here but will post in a journal instead. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 September 2017 18:55:12

That is a great idea, Elizabeth. I am not sure if I am with you on the feverfew, hate the smell. However, I have seen your beautiful Monarda and in total agreement with you. Cuphea fantastic plant and flowers well into the autumn.

Fleurette Fleurette 27 September 2017 18:56:55

Good idea Elizabeth, and I am about to put up a journal for these .  

Your cupheae and monarda don't do here at all.  I do grow the double feverfew and it is one of my 3 favourites.  Over a few years, I carefully weeded out all the stinky single ones.  


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