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Your Best plants this year

PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
edited December 2019 in Plants
Seen as the gardening year is almost over I was wondering which have been your best plants this year. You can frame it how ever you like spring - summer - perennial - shrubs etc .

For me this year my best performing / favourite plants this year are 

Spring - Meconopsis Lingholm - Thalia Daffodils - Tulip Marilyn 

Summer - Veronicastrum Fasination - Helenium waltraut - Allium Purple rain - Sky blue Delphinium 

Late Summer / Autumn - Monarda Scorpion with Veronicastrum Diane - Sanguisorba Lilac squirrel - Allium Summer Drummer

Best bulb - Allium Purple Rain long flowering 

Best dahlia - Thomas Edison also Rebecca world and Art deco were good

Best tender plant - Rudbeckia Indian Summer - Petunia Tidal Wave also Vgood

New Plant - Allium Purple Rain again - Lupin Towering Inferno good for a first year perennial - Allium Miami surprisingly good  

(Allium purple rain with Lupin Towering inferno )

Biggest disappointments - Calamagrostis Karl Foerster - Tithonia - Tomato brandywine Sudduths strain didn't get one ripe - Blackberry petunia not weather tolerant  



  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,029
    Agastaches Blue Boa and Tangerine Dream; Salvias Black and Blue, Amistad and a red Gregii; Echinacea [poss Summer Cocktail] all for consistently long-flowering season.

    Helenium Waltraut, special mention for being in full flower in December.

    New rose, Julia Child, for being the most floriferous and healthy rose in it’s first year.

    Euphorbia Blackbird for it’s lovely smoky purple, evergreen foliage.

    ...and are we allowed to include duds? That will be the Geums.

    Gorgeous photos, Perki. Interesting to hear about Allium Purple Rain, I have been thinking of getting that one. Let us know if it returns next year. I had A. Atropurpureum last year and they were excellent, but didn’t come back this year.

    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Fuchsias new and old have flourished, and erisymums have made nice big bushy plants.

  • @Perki Oh wow, Meconopsis ! I have seeds here of Meconopsis, I would love to try them next year. Did you grow them from seed? If yes, how did you do this and did you have any problems? Because I heard that Meconopsis can be very difficult to grow....
  • Oh and the best plants here were Fuchsia, Osteospermum, Gazania, Petuna, Sun flowers, Calendula, Echinacea, Lavender, Delosperma...
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Anthemis tinctoria  E. C. Buxton  has been a winner. 9cm sized pot now a good size, been flowering for months and still has lots of flowers now despite the awful weather.
  • PerkiPerki Posts: 2,366
    I didn't grow the meconopsis from seed @mirandaw they a bit fussy with soil conditions Part shade  - moist but free draining soil , I lost one over the summer due to it being to wet, the blue is quite something though  :)

    I'll let you know @Nollie about the allium purple rain, they should do though I bought my mum some a couple of years ago now and they did return this year. 

    I believe it a good long flowering plant @K67 I were considering it earlier this year , how tall did yours grow ? did it require stalking .

    I love a bit of damson jam 
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,413
    You did well with the meconopsis ours really didn't like the spot we choose for them

    Best annual was cosmos (no idea on variety as we're freebies) flowered on and on and were nearly 6ft high

    Monarda fireball which I took as cuttings last year (my 1st ever attempt at the dastardly art), they amazed by growing so quickly flowering for ever 

    If trees are allowed then our Paulownia tomentose which grew 4 fold in size and produced leaves that were nearly 2ft across, definitely the right plant in my tropical area

    Favourite family plant is a little succulent called dragon's blood, chosen by my little boy who loves dragon's. Planted in our kids raised bed fairy garden under a weeping silver pear it's vivid blood red foliage is amazing 
  • It was a great first year in my new garden for roses. 
    Desdemona and English Miss were particularly stunning

    Dahlia Wizard of Oz was very prolific and very beautiful. 

    The rhododendron Percy Wiseman I planted last spring was stunning and it's full of juicy have high hopes for this Spring.

    Was delighted by a chance combination of forget-me-nots under our copper beech, the two colours worked so beautifully. 

    And a few shots of all the above 


    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    @Perki at the moment it's about 15ins but do expect it to get taller next year. It's an untidy plant and looks better controlled. I use those round mesh grow through rings as you can raise the height as it grows and as the foliage is dense the ring disappears. Deadheading essential though.

  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    My linaria has been wonderful. Covered in bees, no watering, self-seeding, colourful.

    It's been an odd year as I pulled out so much last year and put in so much new stuff this year, so it's been a but bare to my eyes. Next year should be more verdant. I'm itching to put in a Moonlight rose next year as I hear it acts like a bushy climber.
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