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Postby Eeyore » Apr 06, 2008 11:13 pm

My absolute favorite flowers are lilies but if I had to pick one that I couldn't do without it would be Daylilies for 2 reasons. They are practically pest proof and once they are done blooming the leaves look good until fall. My second plant would be shrubs, particularily Virburnums because I love the flower umbrels in the spring, leaf shape in the summer and the beautiful red colour in the fall. Third, I would pick roses, especially the hardy varieities. Mordens are my favorite but any of the hardy varieties that are repeat bloomers. Then there are the sedums that bloom in the fall.... and lastly Clematis. They add great vertical vision to the garden. They can be fussy and difficult but once you get them established there is no stopping them.
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Postby Melroche » Apr 07, 2008 9:10 am

Wow..tough to narrow it to five....

1. My Oriental Lilies (mmmm...they smell delicious)
2. My peonies (I'm addicted and they're gorgeous)
3. My Perennial Flax (it's huge and fairly compact - blue flowers in droves and it lasts a long time).
4. My Valarian (it's not seen in too many people's gardens and it smells wonderful)
5. My Kiwi (amazing folliage - cute fruit - cool vine)

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Postby Scrapinthehat » Apr 07, 2008 10:57 am

Melroche...don't think I've heard of Valarian...I'll be checking this one out. Thanks for sharing. Always wanting to learn about great plants I haven't discovered yet. :P
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Postby Linda B » Apr 15, 2008 1:06 pm

Good question and interesting insights.

Mine are (... and always add "of any kind" after):
1) Lilies
2) Hydrangea
3) Roses
4) Peonies
5) Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

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Postby Paul zone5 » Apr 20, 2008 8:58 pm

Mel,
What kind of kiwi do you have?
I've been thinking for years that I would like to plant a kiwi, but didn't know which variety. I would like to have a variety that will produce fruit.

My favorites, morning glories, rose of sharon, lily of the valley, snap dragon, ....................
Just north of Toronto
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Postby murphy » Apr 21, 2008 7:20 am

these are all great plants...I love that we are all getting new ideas from this thread...considering things to get for spring planting.
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Postby Stonetown Gardner » Apr 21, 2008 8:33 am

Can I tell you I love them all? Seriously? I am obsessed.

Love the peonies - remnants from the old owners who must have been great gardeners (not who we bought the house from, they left trash all over).

Roses... same thing. It was like discovering a secret garden when I found old rose bushes everywhere. Those suckers are hardy!

Hostas... elegant.

My jack frost - unusual looking.

Some kind of green mounding plant that will be a ground cover I think - I've already been able to split them several times and they just grow great guns.

Sedum - neat and tidy looking, but hardy little buggers.

I think I'll be a collector for sure... I just love going and poking about and seeing all the different plants come up.
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Postby Eeyore » Apr 21, 2008 10:31 am

Does the green mounding plant get flowers? Possibly a Cranesbill.
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Postby Stonetown Gardner » Apr 21, 2008 1:39 pm

Eeyore wrote:Does the green mounding plant get flowers? Possibly a Cranesbill.


Yes, tiny little pink flowers. Can't remember the name. The leaves are variegated, some yellow and green, another variety more silvery and green. They've done really well in my garden under the trees, and bloomed well in to the fall.
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Postby Lindamct » Apr 21, 2008 3:02 pm

Could be a couple of varieties of Thyme you got there.. :)
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