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3 best plants of Summer 2017

25 September 2017 20:55:39

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Well, Elizabeth has started something, so here are my choices.

Penstemons always do well here; I really like them and have a few but this year none can beat Penstemon 'Evelyn' which has put on a fantastic show since June and is still putting out new buds. 

Also in flower since June is Salvia 'Heatwave Glimmer' which Myrtle gave me last year. Myrtle is, of course, our Salvia queen and this lovely low growing one has tucked nicely into the patio border here.  Many thanks for it Myrtle. 

And you won't be surprised to see Anthemis 'E C Buxton' included in my top three; always a profuse flowerer here from July to November.  

Of course, I could easily have chosen three more :-) 


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TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 September 2017 22:21:50

Lovely three plants Joan! I also am a beneficiary of Myrtle's generousity regarding "Heatwave Glimmer" - and again on Myrtle's advise I took some cuttings a few weeks ago - and they seem to have taken!!!

Don't know if I can pick only three favourites ....


Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 26 September 2017 18:46:53

Love all penstemons, continue to flower well into autumn and Penstemon 'Evelyn' is an Irish cultivar. The salvia looks beautiful and yes Athemis 'E. C. Buxton' is such a soft yellow colour.


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 September 2017 11:19:51

Agree with you Joan about the Penstemons they seem to be making a come back. Such a good value plant flowering for so long. Very interested to see your comment about EC Buxton. It does not do well here gets very leggy, should I cut it back very hard and do you think it needs a very sunny site? The salvia is lovely.


JoanG JoanG 29 September 2017 19:58:13

Elizabeth, I chose EC Buxton for its long and profuse flowering but, you're right, it will flop if not supported.  I have it in two places: at the back of a border where I grow it through a circular grid support (this is a sunny spot); also at the front of a raised bed where I'm happy to let it tumble over the edge with a short half circle support to raise it slightly (here it's in part shade and also does well).  When cutting it back in November, I take it right down to the lowest point where you see a green leaf.  It usually makes a little rosette of new leaves to last over the winter.  For insurance, I usually leave one longer stem and layer it.  This has worked so far!


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 29 September 2017 20:38:46

Thanks a lot Joan some great advice. The layering is such a good idea and I will certainly try it. Think I will move the plant to a sunnier place.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 29 September 2017 20:39:34

Not only does EC Buxton flop in my garden but it only lasts about two years before it turns up its toes!


JoanG JoanG 30 September 2017 20:52:21

That's a pity Hazel; I suspect it prefers a lighter soil, which is what we have here. 


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