Friday, January 11, 2013

Sustainable Plants For 2013

It was a summer to remember that summer of 2012, fried leaves, wilting flowers and the actual disappearance of foliage above ground level.

Astilbe along north side fried even with sufficient water.

How soon we forget and become so excited about all of the new plant introductions for the coming season.

I am trying to keep my focus on the plants that did well despite the intense heat and lack of rain.  Water is not always the answer in high temperatures, no matter how much water I gave my astilbies on the north side they could not take the heat.

One of the best Heucheras in the heat was Peach Flambe.
Heucherellas actually do even better in the heat - Sweet Tea.
Heucherella Stoplight

Hydrangeas are also not heat resistant, except for Limelight, and maybe some others, that suffered neither leaf or flower damage.  I guess I could include Hydrangea Unique in this category also, both large hydrangeas.  The smaller newer varieties suffered, i.e., Endless Summer, Starlight.

Hydrangea Little Lime
Hydrangea Let's Dance Starlight
Flowers wilted and leaves browned during the heat.
Hydrangea Limelight
Hydrangea Unique
 If you are willing to water there are many plants that will reward you with wonderful blooms even in 100 degree temperatures.
Clematis Hagley Hybrid
All of the clematis did well with sufficient water.
Orienpet Lavon Lilies
Lilies do not shy away from the heat and so easy to grow!
Phlox Bubblegum
Phlox will reward you all summer if you deadhead.
Daylily Mary Todd
Daylily Arnie's Choice
There are many other choices of heat resistant perennials but these are just some of the plants that worked for me. 
Grasses are great in the heat but if not watered will flop.  My Panicum Northwind in the alley garden began to bend over last summer from drought not heat.  It is among many drought resistant plants like sedums, nepeta, agastache and centranthus, so I put a drip system back there mainly for the grasses.
Alley Garden
Some extra pruning this spring will keep the growth more compact.
Coleus Redhead, Dichondra Silver Falls and Cordyline
Annuals that will take the heat
Agave, Purslane and Croton
Supertunia Bubblegum
One of the annuals of the year
I am not looking forward to a summer like last year, but based on this winter I'm ready if it comes!



Beth said...

Good post, Eileen! I hope the drought ends. We are still 10" down and the waterways show it. I was walking in my garden today and my heucherella 'Stoplight' is still green. Actually there is quite a bit of green in the garden and today we had 53 degrees. Back to cold tomorrow.

Leslie's Garden said...

I love that bubblegum petunia! Such a pretty pink, and so prolific! It was pretty dry in my garden, too, but with the shade I have, I guess that helps some. I just don't get the heavy blooms. Hopefully we'll have adequate rainfall this year!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth,

I have bulbs that are poking through the mulch so I am hoping they be be okay when the cold hits again.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Leslie,

Bubblegum was the best petunia folowed by Bordeaux. I might try some other Supertunias this year just to experiment.


Lona said...

Oh how beautiful Eileen. It was a rough summer but your plants looked wonderful. I am so ready for roses and lilies already. LOL

Larry said...

Great selections Eileen! Larry

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Eileen girl this is a great post and again .. I share a lot of plants with you and those are also the ones that did well in our horrible summer weather.
We have had rain which is washing a lot of the snow away today .. but more snow is on the way. Not a lot .. but hopefully enough to cover the garden.
We just can't count on any kind of normal weather .. so our gardens have to have strong plants to survive it now!
Nice pictures .. and I love that ally garden with that grass!

Jennifer said...

Happy New Year, Eileen! Your hydrangeas are always gorgeous. I added a few of the "Little Lime" in last summer (I got them on clearance) and am looking forward to seeing how they will do next year. That Clematis Hagley Hybrid is stunning! I have never had great luck with astilbe. It is too dry here. In the past, I always had them in the back garden. Last year, I planted some up front. We will see how they do with a bit more sunlight. The dry conditions however, may still be an issue. Duffy is looking so cute by the way!

myfrenchkitchen said...

Eileen, you have all the plants I love in this post, except maybe for petunias, but they are such thankful plants, sturdy and trustworthy, like you showed. I only have the hydrangea macrophylia, but I pl;an this year to plant the hydrangea arborescens..I think that is the top one you have?
even though it is snowing here, I am with my nose in my plant books, planning away. A lot has to happen here this year..

Zaa said...

Fabulous pics... I'm loving your lilies and hydrangeas... It's so inspiring to see florals during the winter months ... Can't wait for Spring ( ha Ha).. Your garden is beautiful ..Thanks for sharing ..Hugs

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Ronelle,

The large hydrangea is Limelight Paniculata much larger and more upright than Annabelle.


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