Where did this year go to? Time sure flies
when you are having fun in the garden and then
the Holidays just are flying by.
It is hard to believe that I have been blogging since
I want you all to know I have enjoyed so much your
visits, giving hearts, well of knowledge and friendship.
I am looking forward to a new year of reading your
wonderful postings and enjoying your fabulous pictures
of your gardens and plants.
As I looked back on this year in the flower garden some
plants old and new were favorites in my garden.
This will be a recap of my favorites of the “New”
perennial flowers and plants that were grown or had
their first blooms in 2010.
Achillea comes in so many wonderful colors now
that there is one that will complement any garden.
This new ‘Apricot Delight’ preformed so well for its
first year and I loved its pastel color against the
Achillea ‘Cerise’ a shocking pink was grown from
seed the year before but it had its first blooms this summer
and it goes well beside the new ‘Summer Wine’ Achillea.
This Fall the ‘Chocolate’ Snakeroot Eupatorium rugosum and ‘Margarette’ Anemone combination was such a stand out. They both bloomed over a very long period and the
dark foliage of the Eupatorium was lovely even before
it bloomed. They became my Fall favorites.
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis pink and Alba were
new blooms last Spring and I loved their long blooming
time and heart shaped blooms.
Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’ bloomed over a long period
with some deadheading and I loved the deep red blooms.
I am not sure whether it will make it over the winter after
finding out that the advertised for zone 5 plant that I had bought was later upgraded to zone 6, so it is iffy for a return
this Summer. I did mulch it in good so we will see.
Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’ was a new
groundcover and it spread so well its first year. Some of its
seeds were sent to some gardening friends so I hope they
will enjoy its tiny blue spreading blooms as much as I did.
Columbine aquilegia ‘Alpina’ had beautiful blue blooms
in early summer. I do have a thing for blue blooms.
Several gardening friends received seeds from this one also.
Gaillardia grandiflora ‘Mesa Yellow’ was just such
a great flower for its first year. With deadheading it was
in constant bloom until the frosts took it.
This was an attempt to add more yellow to the garden
which is not one of my favorite colors but this yellow
was such a cheery one in the garden.
Hibiscus ‘ April’s Pink’ was named for the wonderful
lady (Bilbo’s Momma) who gave me the seeds since I did not know what its real name was.
I got four bushes from the seeds to grow last Summer and I am hopeful they will come back even better this Summer.
Coral Bells, Heuchera ‘Amethyst Mist’ far out preformed
its rival ‘ Purple Palace’ for growth and blooms in their
first year in the shade bed.
and ‘Out of the Blue’ were a lovely addition with their
new blooms. Out of the Blue is suppose to be a reblooming
iris but it never bloomed again in the Fall, but maybe next year. Many more irises joined them this fall for new blooms
in the woodland bed next Summer. I can hardly wait!
Hydrangea ‘Harlequin’ had its first blooms in the Summer
and its colors did tend to grow on me over the summer.
Hydrangea ‘Blueberry Parfait’ was a winner with its
white blossoms that turned blue as the blossoms aged.
Since I rave about Phlox all summer long for
their fragrance and attracting all those small critters,
this tall ‘Bright Eyes’ was just lovely and another
reason to love it was that when most of my tall phlox
plants were mildewing Bright Eyes did not.
Blue Mist caryopteris shrub ‘First Choice’ bloomed
so beautifully for its first year and I loved its blue blooms
and so did the bees.
Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’ bloomed for the first time in the
spring. I love this flower period. I would grow it for its large
silvery leaves even without its wonderful blooms of blue
and pink to purple. Diana Clare’s leaves are slender and larger than other pulmonaria plants and it had a long blooming period. I recommend it for any shade garden.
Amongst the new roses that were added to the rose garden
in Summer I fell in love with three of them.
This white ‘Iceberg’ Floribunda bloomed its heart out in its first summer right up until the frosts took it.
And ‘Gertrude Jekyll’ a climbing rose did a beautiful
job of blooming and should be even bigger in the coming
but ‘Easy Does It’ had it all. Disease free, continuous blooms
and with a color palette running from apricot, peach and pinks was my favorite of them all.
The new Rosa Radsunny yellow knockout rose was a
disappointment of all of the knockout roses that are in the
garden because of its lack of blooming power, but maybe next year. Also the Morden ‘Blush’ may do better with some
growing years added to it.
This ends my favorite perennials of 2010.
What were some of the winners in your garden in 2010?
I want to wish everyone a Wonderful and Blessed
New Year to come and I am looking forward to
a new gardening year with everyone.
Happy Gardening Everyone,