Here's things I'm growing, grown, or killed. Maybe one day I'll add some pictures!
Shrubs & Trees
Astilbe 'Erica' - pink Astilbe, purplish/red foliage, planted a tiny plant under the Forsythia. It's coming back, but still pretty small (planted Summer 07, BSP).
- Boltonia Asteroides 'Snowbank' - got three tiny plants last summer, late in the season. They've come back this spring, so I'm hoping they flower this year. One is even doing well in partial shade (planted Summer 07, BSP). Update: Huge this year, over 5 foot. Very late blooming, just starting to see blooms in September (080.
Buddleia - Butterfly Bush
- Buddleia davidii 'Black Night' - planted a gallon pot out front. Moved it next season to the Side-yard. Seems to be coming back after I cut it back hard in the Spring (planted Summer 07).
- Buddleia davidii 'White Bouquet' - planted this white version in the side-yard from a gallon pot. Gets full sun and dappled shade (planted June 2008, WM).
- Buddleia 'Nanho Blue' - got this one pretty early in the summer and it grew to about 4 ft from a gallon pot. Bloomed repeatedly well into the fall with regular deadheading. Moved it to a new spot, and cut it way back this Spring (planted Summer 07).
- Buddleia weyeriana 'Honeycomb' - a little more unusual yellow Butterfly Bush I planted from a 4 inch pot in a more shady spot. Hope it does OK (planted Spring 08, BSP).
- Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - 2001 "Plant of the Year"; read a lot about this plant being really great so I bought a ton of it from Kanes Flower World and planted it in the Back-side Yard in an attempt to make a hedge. It's supposed to be kind of shade tolerant and grows well in moist areas. I'll keep you posted (planted April 08, BSP & KFW).
- Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy' - planted a quart pot out front. Small and pretty, but didn't bloom as promised. I think it is considered an herbaceous shrub because it completely dies back during the winter. Hoping it blooms this year (planted July 07). Update: Total show stopper! It totally died back to the ground, so I thought it was a goner, but it came back and is probably one of my favorite plants (not that I have favorites). Gets many compliments (Summer 08).
- Caryopteris clandonensis 'First Choice' - (Blue Mist Spirea) planted from a gallon pot. Was in full bloom (gorgeous) when I bought it in September (planted September 08, HD).
- Chrysanthemum × morifolium 'Miranda' - bought three of these in September for the front porch, then I planted them in the Back-side. Showing signs of life this Spring. No idea if they will do anything, but supposedly they will come back and flower; not sure if I like the color (planted Fall 07, HD).
- Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' - planted this last June or July from a gallon pot out in the shadier front yard, partially for winter interest because it was supposed to have bright yellow leaves in the fall. Instead they turned grayish brown and fell off. I'm holding out hope that I grow to like this plant more. It grew well, but it seems kind of ugly (planted summer 07, KFW). Update: Got huge this summer, really looks good. Pruned it a bit in the Spring because the young branches flopped after heavy rains. Doesn't bloom for very long, but smells great when it does (Summer 08).
- Clethra aln. Paniculata - (Pepper Bush) - white flowering version of Ruby Spice. Got it mail order, tiny and cheap. Planted it in back with the K.F. Grass. Hope the dogs don't kill it (planted April 08, BSP).
- Clematis 'HF Young' - planted this from a teeny pot along the chain-link. Not sure it will survive the dogs (planted April 08, LWS).
- Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid' - this was a mystery clematis, but discovered it's a less vigorous grower. Put it out front next to the Boltonia.
- Coreopsis grandiflora 'Rising Sun' - (Tickseed) bought two of these for cheap last year. They hardly bloomed. Maybe that's why they were cheap. They did grow like crazy though. I moved them this Winter and they seem okay (planted Summer 07, KFW).
- Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam' - killed these. I'm pretty sure I overwatered them. I was pretty overzealous with the hose my first year (planted Summer 07).
- Cornus alba 'Ivory Halo' - planted 2 gallon pot near fence on southwest side of house (planted April 08, KFW). Has started to leaf out!
- Cornus Sericea 'Buds Yellow' - planted quart pot in the back yard along the chain-link fence (planted April 08, LWS).
- Cornus Sericea 'Flaviramea' - planted gallon pot in the back yard along the chain-link fence (planted April 08, LWS). Update: Gave away both to my big sis. Just were getting too big for the spot I picked. Kept the 'Ivory Halo,' but moved it to a more shady spot, where it's doing tons better.
- Cytisus hybrid 'Munstead' (Dallimorei hybrid) - quart pot in front. Read a lot of bad things about Scotch Broom. Hope I don't live to regret it (planted April 08, LWS).
- Dianthus 'Pixie Star' - not sure if this is a biennial, though it doesn't say anything about it on the tag. Planted it in full sun out front from a 4-inch pot. Stayed evergreen over the winter. Formed a thick mat. Didn't get much blooms last year because I bought it at the end of summer on sale. Hoping it does well this year (planted Summer 07, NEN).
- Dianthus 'Greystone' - bought this in the annual section, kept it in pots. It grew like crazy with every attempt of mine to kill it (planted Summer 07, HD). Thought it would die over the winter, but it greened up this Spring even in the garbage pile. Maybe it will bloom? Maybe it will take over the entire yard?
- Dicentra spectabilis - inherited this plant too. There's a clump under the Forsythia in the back. I don't do anything to it, other than clean it up in the spring. It gets kind of ugly after it blooms, but I've read you can't cut it back because it needs cold to bloom the next year. So it is pretty in the spring and early summer, but pretty ugly for the rest of the year.
- Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern' (Ruby Star) - (Purple Coneflower) planted two of these last year. Grew like crazy even though I tried to kill it by way overwatering it (in clay soil, no less). Didn't like these when my Mom grew them, but I have to say their ease of growing, long bloom, and winter interest, make them a real value (planted Summer 2007). Maybe that's why they can be a bit expensive (I've read they are hard to grow from seed, NEN).
- Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' - (Wintercreeper) planted a quart pot out front in full sun as advised, but it seemed to be really miserable; leaves fell off, it didn't grow at all. I moved it to a spot getting only morning sun. It hasn't grown much, but it seems much happier. The leaves are really pretty and variegated. Maybe it's just a slow grower (planted June 07). Update: I moved it again to almost full sun, seems really happy and looks great.
- Festuca cinerea 'Elijah Blue' - no idea why I bought these. Maybe they were cheap or free? They're in front, doing OK so far. Hoping they will look good with Lavendar, Echinacea and Daylilly (planted April 08, BSP). Update: Moved these (several) a few times, and they didn't seem to notice. Gets frequent compliments. I'm not sure why, they look like sea creatures, but have cool color (Summer 08).
- Forsythia intermedia - inherited a largish shrub. Cleaned it up a bit and planted some Hosta, Astilbe, and Euonymus under its shade. These are everywhere around town.
- Gypsophila paniculata 'Pink Star'- ordered a set of 3 plants from Bluestone and planted them in front of the Botonia, Phlox, and Rose (planted May 08, BSP).
- Hemerocallis 'To Janet' - bought these orange/apricot daylillies super cheap after they had bloomed. The foliage grew like crazy. Planted them in the Back-side Yard and by the foundation in the Sideyard (planted summer 07, HD). Were in full sun, but moved them to partial shade because the foliage was getting scorched.
- Hemerocallis 'Strawberry Candy' - see above. Also got some more of these bare root as a free gift with my Rhamnus (planted Summer 07 and Spring 08). Were in full sun, but moved them to partial shade because the foliage was getting scorched.
- Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' - planted these mid summer in full sun and they bloomed twice (though not as vigorously the 2nd time). I had these in my garden in St. Louis, MO and they were really dependable, easy to divide. Hope they behave the same here (planted Summer 07).
- Hemerocallis 'Chorus Line' - got these pink daylillies free with another plant. Tiny when I planted them. Moved them to full sun, but I'm worried they will get scorched too (planted Summer 08, GGP).
- Hosta lancifolia - (Lanceleaf Hosta) nothing kills this plant; I've tried many times. I didn't actually plant my hostas. They were one of the few finds on our property. Lanceleaf is a bit boring, but it is super tough and reliable. Grows anywhere, sun or shade (sun will fry it, turning the leaves yellow).
- Hosta 'Guacamole' - At least I think that is what this Hosta is. I inherited a bunch of Hostas, and this larger variety was squashed among the Lanceleaf cultivar. It has light purple flowers in late summer. It's much slower growing than the Lanceleaf and got totally fried sitting in front of the new white PVC fence we installed (the leaves curled up and turned yellow). Slugs love these things too. I've moved and split the clump and I think it may take a while for them to recover (transplanted Summer 07).
- Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue' - (Bigleaf Hydrangea) planted gallon pot near foundation on South side of house (planted April 08, LWS). Even though every site and book says they are shade plants, that's only true in the warmer zones. Up north they need sun to flower (maybe).
- Hydrangea macrophylla - not sure of the cultivar on this one, maybe 'Endless Summer'. Planted quart pot it in partial shade, but it did not do well (no blooms, fungus). Did a bunch of research and opted to move it to a sunnier spot. Seemed to do better, grew some. Hoping it performs better this year (planted Summer 2007). Everyone is Swampscott has hydrangeas so I'm not giving up!
- Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata' - (Variegated Hydrangea) Despite the gorgeous picture of big pink mophead blooms, I've read this guy rarely blooms. It does have the most gorgeous foliage, so it will have to tide me over. I may wrap it this winter b/c cold might be why it doesn't bloom (planted May 08, LWS).
- Hydrangea macrophylla 'Alpenglow' - this was part of a winter catalogue binge/sale I did in late 07. When arrived, was super tiny (4-inch pot). Planted it in a container with some impatiens and it did really well, even bloomed. Then my son lopped off the bloom. Was momentarily homicidal, but got a hold of myself. Moved it to the Garden (side of the house) where it gets morning shade and afternoon sun. Keeping my fingers crossed (transplanted August 08, BSP)
- Hydrangea tardiva - also part of the Winter 07 Bluestone order. Grew quite a bit in mostly sunny site. Supposed to get really big. May give this to my sis because I think it will take over the yard.
- Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' - planted a 4 inch pot in front. It did very well the first year. Hoping it stays that way. Cut it back hard this spring (planted Summer 07, HD). Planted another one in July of 08, also out front. Found some seedlings that must have come from the original and potted them up.
- Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snow Lady' - these are supposed to be a low grower, only 12 inches. Planted a set of three out between the Stonecrop and the Lavender (planted May 2008, WM).
- Leucanthemum x superbum - mom gave me 3 of these which I planted out front. Growing well, and have developed buds (planted May 2008).
- Miscanthus sinensis 'Cosmopolitan' - (Cosmopolitan Maiden Grass) I bought it to create sort of a hedge around my side garden. It was a little pricey ($20), but it was huge when I bought it, and I've had a hard time finding variegated grasses of any large size for much less (planted July 08, HD).
- Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder' - (Silver Feather Grass) planted a few of these from quart pots. One in Summer 07 and more in Spring 08. I'm hoping the Spring 08 version will grow more than the Summer pot did (supposedly this type of grass grows in the Spring and Summer). I loooove grasses. Had Maiden grass when I lived in Missouri and it grew like crazy. Seems to be a slower grower here, or maybe it's just slow in its first years.
- Miscanthus sinensis condensatus 'Silberfeil' - This is a variegated form of Miscanthus. It seemed to do really well it's first year, but then I moved it and now it seems dead. Keeping my fingers crossed (planted Summer 07, KFW). Nevermind, it died. I did find out however, that Miscanthus should not be moved in the Spring unless it is showing signs of growth. I moved this one when it was dormant, so maybe that's what killed it.
- Miscanthus sinensis 'Variegatus' - (Japanese Silver Grass) supposedly this cultivar takes some shade. I've planted two out back with the K.F. Grass to make a hedge. Hope it works (planted April 08, KFW). Update: the one from out front that I moved died. I did buy a couple more and plunked them here and there in the Side-yard, keeping my fingers crossed.
- Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus' - (Zebra Grass) got a 4-inch pot in September of 07. Moved it April 08. Still teeny-tiny (BSP).
- Nepeta faassenii 'Walker's Low' - 2007 "Plant of the Year"; so I have high hopes for these babies. I got some super cheap plugs from some catalog, but "The Plant Vandals" decided it would be fun to pull the plugs out several times. I tried to save the desicated plugs, but I think it was a lost cause. I did end up buying 4 inch pots from Kane's and planting them out front. I'm keeping my fingers crossed (planted April 08, KFW).
- Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant' - I was looking for a really tough plant that will get big for a sunny spot along the driveway. The Walker's Low above has really taken off out front, so I was hoping this plant would perform as well (planted July 08, KFW)
Paeonia - Don't know the specific cultivar because my mom gave me this plant (bless her sweet heart). It's pink when it blooms and has maroonish foliage. I've read conflicting reports about transplanting Peonies, but I'm on day 3 and it actually looks pretty good. Update: Got powdery mildew in late August. Cut it back to the ground. Hope it lives.
- Pardancanda norrisii - free plant with the purchase of some other stuff from Bluestone. No blooms seen yet, but it came back over the winter (planted August 07, BSP). Update: Bloomed, but not sure I like it. The seedheads are pretty ugly.
- Pennisetum s. 'Rubrum' - "Purple Fountain Grass" - I bought this in a daze thinking it was a perennial but it's actually an annual up here. I did some reading and was hoping I could save it by planting it in a sheltered sunny spot in the back, but it looks dead to me (planted Summer 07, KFW).
- Perovskia atriplicifolia - found only one of these at Home Despot, but then found a couple more sad looking ones at Stop n Shop. Planted it in full sun and full sun with afternoon shade. Did well in both places. One of my favorite plants. Drought tolerant, airy, long-flowering. Loooove it! Hoping it comes back strong its second year (planted Summer 07). Update: bought 3 more from BSP from their Spring clearance sale. I'm having some second thoughts b/c with all this rain they are flopping over like crazy and kind of look like a big mess. These things need lots of room (Summer 08).
- Phlox 'Shortwood' - supposedly able to handle clay soils (we'll see), I bought three little plants at KFW. Though they would go nicely with a hydrangea and yellow carpet rose planting I will be doing in the shadier front yard (planted May 08, KFW).
- Platycodon grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue' - planted one of these in late summer. Should have planted like eight, cause it was tiny and hardly grew. Maybe I'll dig it up and put it in a container. Not sure if it survived the winter because there's no sign of it yet this Spring (planted July 07, HD).
- Rosa 'Flowercarpet Yellow' - not the most romantic of names, but what a romantic color! This is my first rose (I've read the Flowercarpets are pretty idiot proof -- hah, they may have met their match) and I just coldn't resist the lovely soft yellow and light green foliage. Hope they workout, pricey (planted May 08, LWS).
- Rosa 'Pink Knockout' - got one from Kane's for 20% off in early July. Planted out front in full sun. Bloomed here and there, but in September just exploded. Totally awesome (planted July 08, KFW).
- Rhamnus frangula 'Ron Williams' - (Fine Line Buckthorn) bought this 'cause I was looking for a tall, skinny, fast growing shrub that would tolerate shade (hope it does). Got it from Great Garden Plants.com, and it was in really great shape. Then saw it again for the same price, minus shipping at Lowes, grrrrr. I must stop ordering pants on line during the Winter (planted May 08, GGP)!
- Rhododendron catawbiense 'Boursault' - planted a gallon pot out front in the shadier part of the front yard. Hope they turn out to be more pink than the horrid purplish pinks I see around here (planted April 08, LWS).
- Rhododendron x 'Delaware Valley White' - (Azalea) planted two of these from 1/2 gallon pots (they were really cheap, probably because they are supposedly zone 7 plants). Put them in sheltered places on the north side of the house. Don't have high hopes (planted April 08, LWS).
- Saccharum ravennae - Just plunked this down in my front yard, from a 4-inch pot. Supposedly, could get to 7ft wide by 14 ft tall! That might be a problem...(planted April 08, KFW). Update: No lie, it's already about 3 ft x 5 ft. The clump isn't even that big yet, but the grass spikes are so tall they flop over, beautifully. A really beautiful plant, but needs lots of room.
- Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' - (Japanese Dappled Willow) hoping this sucker grows like crazy and blocks the views of the chain-link fence and the neighbor's BBQer. Planted it in early April from a 4 inch pot and it's already doubled, so maybe my dreams will come true (planted Spring 08, BSP)!
Salvia - Meadow Sage
- Salvia x superba -'East Friesland' - got three of these in 1/2 gallon pots and planted them along my fence with some daylily (planted May 08, WM)
- Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy' - planted this out front and it grew like crazy. Not sure I really like it though. It seems out of place, but everyone seems to have a patch of it in their gardens. Maybe it will grown on me -- no pun intended (planted summer 07). Looks cool in the Spring as it starts to come up.
Stachys - Lamb's Ears
- Stachys 'Helen Von Stein' - bough two of these (why do I ever buy 2 of things?) because my son really like touching the soft leaves. Though they're not supposed to flower, one of them seems to be developing some kind of wierd bud. I dunno, maybe its a pod and the invasion has begun! Every garden magazine and book seems to rave about these, but I think they're just a bit weird looking (planted May 2008, KFW).
- Thuja occidentalis 'Smaragd' - planted four of these in front of the house and on the side. Hope they grow fast. Seen some of these around town and I'm worried they're going to look scraggly (planted April 08, HD).
Veronica spicata - planted a quart pot last summer. I'm not sure the specifc cultivar b/c I threw away the tag. It's pink. It bloomed once midsummer, grew like crazy, then bloomed again well into October. Really like this plant. Did okay with some shade in it original spot, but I moved it to a sunnier location (away from my son's Sandbox). Hope it does OK in its new spot (planted June 07).
- Viburnum plicatum tomentosum 'Pink Beauty' - noticed a big gaping spot at the front that needed a big plant for screening purposes. Thought the leaves on this were cool. Supposedly the 'Pink Beauty' doesn't get quite as big as some other Viburnums (planted May 08, LWS).
KFW = Kane's Flower World LWS= Lowe's HD=Home Depot
NEN=Northeast Nurseries BSP=Bluestone Perennials GGP=GreatGardenPlants.com