Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
|roses, hydrangea and purple spiderwort fill a vase for a late summer centerpiece|
It is hugely rewarding
How about your experience in the garden and flower beds?
I can usually count on these plants/trees/bushes to perform well.
Sweet potato vine
Hydrangea with astilbe in foreground
Budleia (butterfly bush)
Morning glory twinning in the zinnia
and some that give me trouble…
Japanese Beatles doing their damage.
Boxwood hedge that we have been treating for years for leaf minor
Shasta daisy was outstanding last year but not so much this year.
Powdery mildew on the brilliant white phlox..
Ferns on the northern exposure look green and healthy in the spring but as summer continues, even with ample water, they turn brown and ugly.
But the worse this year were the impatiens.
I knew about the blight/Downey Mildew last year, but my heart longed once again for the abundant and overflowing window boxes of the past. I planted them and for six weeks they grew well and beautifully (first two photos). Then they quickly succumbed to this nasty fungus.
They were my favorite to fill my window boxes and add color to shady places.
You can see how pretty they looked but then, I watched as each plant shriveled and died. The window boxes are okay but not as full as the ones in the last two photos from a few years ago.
I have read that the spores remain in the soil and therefore, I will not be able to grow impatiens there again. So, I need an alternative for next year.
Any suggestions (beside begonia)?
What stood out in your garden this season?
Did you have any disappointments?