This year's superstars

marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern OntarioAugust 12, 2014

I was looking for something in some old posts and came across the superstars one from last summer. So let's see what's looking lovely in your gardens this year!

For me it's the clematis Pope John Paul. I planted it in the memorial garden i made for my mom (she's up there now conferring with him on religious matters), and it's just amazing!

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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

That is really beautiful! I am going to have to really think of what has been great in my yard this year. Most certainly will go either to a hosta or astible. I will try to provide a pic.

Again love the pic.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 1:14PM
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beegood_gw

Thats a beautiful clematis. Will have to find something I can show off .q

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 6:08PM
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beegood_gw

Thats a beautiful clematis. Will have to find something I can show off .q

    Bookmark   August 12, 2014 at 6:09PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

marcia, that clematis is lovely! Thanks for the eye candy!

I am not sure if I have any superstar in my yard this year.... certain things have done well, but I would not call them "superstars". The ones that have done well are:

- Incrediball hydrangeas
- Lychnis coronaria
- Dianthus Cheddar Pink

The problem is, many of my plants did not bloom well or did not bloom at all this year, probably as a result of the long, cold, wet spring. Oh well, I now have to wait for yet another year....

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 8:42PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

It certainly does look great, Marcia. My winner was daylily Always Afternoon - its so big and covered with flowers. Also Fuschia Dream, you can see it from miles away. It's also my first year with Bee Balm and I love it.

No pics, because the PC is acting up. :(

    Bookmark   August 13, 2014 at 9:59PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

My daylily, Brookswood Lee Causey is like that, Gil - big, bright and beautiful!

I should have added my Kyushu hydrangea to the duds thread as it was gone this spring. :(

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:16AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Well with the cold, damp spring I don't really have any superstars. The few that may have been stars got mowed down by the deer. Fixed the deer issue with a 10' high wire fence. Not totally complete but done where they usually access.

So methinks from what the deer didn't get the top spot goes to the hosta I planted as a root 2 years ago that didn't show up this this summer. I long ago threw the name tag out so I can't even call it by name.

Here is the other performers.

'September sun'

Clematis 'Jackmannii Superba' on the shop

White and red Astible with a heuchera

Vancouver Sea Breeze unfortunately mowed to the ground

and the superstar of the year award goes to this spotted variety of the 4 legged slugs. Sorry pic is a little blurry as it started to run with its sibling.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 11:52AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

OMG - i want that white astilbe!!!!!! I probably have that white astilbe but it doesn't look a bit like that! I also like the hosta - i think i like the name, actually. :) And the deer is cute too! LOL

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 5:20PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Marciaz3 I will happily send you some if you want this fall... I didn't get a pic when in full bloom but it was spectacular.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:17PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Oh no, don't worry about that - but thanks! I have some white astilbe but it doesn't grow like that. Yours is gorgeous! My red one is nice like yours, but not the white.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 9:48PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

SCG, you have got some very, very healthy and lovely plants there!!! WOW!

Sadly, I cannot get any clematis going here.... and yet yours are so beautiful. Sigh!

My gosh, those astilbes are amazing!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2014 at 10:58PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Thanks ostrich! Wonder why clematis hate you.. Hopefully I have my deer problem fixed so they can reach full potential.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 7:08AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

My 'wow' performer this year has to be this Santa Cruz begonia. I started them from seed last year and was surprised when I dumped the pots in the fall to find they had formed bulbs. I planted them this spring and they grew quickly. I have them planted all over. Love them. They smothered everything else in the pot. Hopefully I can overwinter them again.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:26AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

As far as perennials go the superstars for me this year has to be hostas. They loved the cool wet weather. Here's a few.



    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:03AM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

Wow Marie, that second last one with the wrinkly leaves is fantastic!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:37AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Yeah I was going to ask the name of that rugose one too....very nice. You are making me impatient to let mine grow!!

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 10:17AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Those are beautiful hostas, Marie!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 10:53AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Second from last is Niagara Falls. It is huge.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 11:30AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Thanks I am going to have to try and find that one....lovely. Do you have 'Sum and Substance' by chance that you could share a pic of?

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 11:47AM
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donna_in_sask

SCG,

Here are a couple pics of my Sum & Substance...the darker green is from earlier.


One of my superstars has to be my daylilies (South Seas and Salieri are shown):

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:06PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Thanks for the pic. They look great.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 12:17PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

north53, your hostas are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!

Donna, what is that deep blue/purple beauty behind your very lovely daylilies please?

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 6:44PM
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donna_in_sask

ostrich, it's monkshood - I have the solid blue and the bicolour.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:10PM
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don555(3a)

Superstar for me this year would be daylilies.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 8:32PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

absolutely beautiful don555...as it is common for me I must point out you missed cutting a little grass in the background :-) hehe...

SCG

    Bookmark   August 15, 2014 at 9:03PM
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ostrich(3a AB)

don, your daylilies are STUNNING! What varieties are they please?

I tend to choose those ones with rather soft colours - I need to get something like these with brilliant, vibrant colours instead!!!

Ouch.... SCG will now encourage me to S.P. mine..... oops!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 12:27AM
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don555(3a)

Thanks folks! Unfortunately I dont' recall the varieties, I was more focussed on mature size, mostly around 26", but the specific varieties I never kept track of.... oops.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 3:13AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

The orange and yellow ones on the end look like my Brookswood Lee Causey.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 8:12AM
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donna_in_sask

My guesses for Don's daylilies would be: at the back, some sort of lemon daylily/Happy Returns/Hyperion...then there's Bonanza...at the front left might be Strawberry Candy peeking through. There are a lot of red daylilies, one common one would be Chicago Apache...do any of these ring a bell, Don?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2014 at 12:35PM
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don555(3a)

Hmm, Chicago Apache does kind of ring a bell. None of the others though, but that could well be me just not remembering.

I did go through all the spots where I thought I could have placed old garden tags and did find one for daylily.... "Fooled Me", a yellow lily with a red centre. That's probably a more recent tag, so maybe a lily I used to replace an older one that wasn't performing?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 3:41AM
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donna_in_sask

Don,

I looked up 'Fooled Me' and it sure looks like the front one if the colours are accurate in your photo. I'm fairly certain about Bonanza being the second from the back since that one is pretty distinctive (and quite common).

I have a few of "no ID" daylilies in my garden - I should really post them to see whether anyone recognizes them...one reason I like to buy daylilies in pots AND in bloom is they can't be mislabeled.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:42AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

haha Donna funny you mention mislabeled day lilies. I am in the process of negotiation for about 50 unlabelled day lilies. I will know what they will be after bloom but not till then. LOL! at $1 each I am not sure I will be able to resist.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 11:58AM
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donna_in_sask

One can only hope you don't end up with 50 Stella D'Oro daylilies, SCG. ;)

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 12:28PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Not sure why that would be a bad thing. Here, and I am sure like there, they are extremely rare to see. They are also trying to get me to buy the pink and red peonies. Yes, they are the rare ones like the Stella D'Oro that nobody has.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 1:18PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

My neighbour down the street did his whole front yard in river rock and Stella D'Oro daylilies. Not my thang. I have to confess it was nicely done, but... meh.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2014 at 7:56PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Haha I was kidding..there is 2.6 million of them around here. One person liked them so much that they lined the ditch with them. I am also scared now because I was gifted some this year and I don't know what they are LOL.

SCG

    Bookmark   August 18, 2014 at 10:29AM
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beegood_gw


My Hollyhocks were my favourites. They are a Russian variety and well over 8 ft tall . Bumblebees love them

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 11:43AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

Nice photo! I love hollyhocks.....

SCG

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 12:14PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I see you have a yellow one. I had some too but they never came back. The ones in their place are pink, obviously reseeded from the ones across the path.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 5:40PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

I think I have about the same colour, maybe a touch of greenish. The third clump bloomed this year and turned out to be the yellow & pink blend that I thought I had.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 5:54PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I only have one or two of the original hollyhock i planted. It was called "Indian Spring" - kind of a soft corally-pink on an ivory background. Really pretty.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:21AM
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beegood_gw

Absolutely nothing kills these guys I hÃÂ ve tried. Want to plant them along the fence line. Can just grow there to there hearts content . If anyone ever wants seeds just let me know

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:01PM
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beegood_gw

Absolutely nothing kills these guys I hÃÂ ve tried. Want to plant them along the fence line. Can just grow there to there hearts content . If anyone ever wants seeds just let me know

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:02PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

For some reason, mine looked like they were all gone at the beginning of last summer, but there were new seedlings that grew. And there were no seeds on any of the plants, or very few. I was sure i'd see the resident chipmunk this year with hollyhocks growing out of his butt! LOL

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 9:18AM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

beegood I would send you a SASBE for some seeds. Anything you want that I might have in the way of seeds?

SCG

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 11:26AM
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