Thursday, September 24, 2015

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

This is my annual award show of garden plants 

My picks for the hardest working plants of 2015

Griffith Buck rose Country Dancer.  Began blooming in May and still producing beautifully, 

In June, Annabelle hydrangea covers itself in big white clusters that remain on the bush throughout the winter.

Purchased these dianthus already blooming in early May.  They look even better now at the end of summer. Never stopped blooming.  

Helenium Mardi Gras covered in blooms all through the heat of  July and August.

Geranium Rosanne blooming from early May until a hard freeze puts it to sleep for the winter.  This plant is simply too good to be true.  It will cover the ground below taller plants or scramble up roses like a vine.  The bluish color is perfect with most garden plants.  It tolerates some drought in blazing sun or partial shade.  No pests or disease. Every year I add more Rosanne plants because they are as close to perfect as a plant can get.

We expect extended bloom from our annuals but some perform above and beyond.  These tried and true plants had no pests, no disease and no slacking off in the hottest months.  


tina said...

I second all of your lovely picks.
Especially 'Rozanne' and zinnias. You simply can't beat them!

BeadedTail said...

Beautiful flowers in your garden! Lovely colors and variety!

Lowcarb team member said...

Some lovely blooms you show here.

My favourite is the pink rose in your first picture.
I do like roses and pink is my favourite colour.

Hope you have a good weekend ... well it is Friday evening as I type this out!

All the best Jan

Garden Fancy said...

What lovely flowers you're enjoying after a whole summer! Thanks for the recommendations -- I'm always looking for good performers in the garden. Regards, -Beth

Indie said...

Love seeing plants that just keep on going no matter what! Every time I hear about Geranium 'Rozanne', it's always rave reviews. I really need to plant some of those! I love the color of its flowers!

Rose said...

I always like to see what others recommend as long-blooming plants. 'Rosanne' has not done well for me here, but maybe I should find a better place for it. As for the annuals, I couldn't agree more--these are all great bloomers. This year, I would add annual verbena to my list, at least in containers. Surprisingly, the verbena is putting on a fresh flush of blooms just as the petunias are getting straggly and dying back.

troutbirder said...

Annabelle and the dianthus were great here this summer as well...;)

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those do look good!!!

Pat said...

I had Geranium Rosanne they lasted 3 years then just died off. I agree with Rose about the verbena and petunias.

Rambling Woods said...

I needed this on a cold rainy night... Beautiful