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Subject: What's your favorite plant?
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 3:02 PM ET
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If you could have just one in your garden, what would it be?

I'd choose hibiscus - easy, beautiful, and tropical.  Roses would be a close second.



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Date Posted: 2/19/2008 6:24 PM ET
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Daffodils, I guess.  After that, it would be either hostas or violas.  Hostas are great but I don't keep going back to the greenhouse and buying another color 5 or 6 times.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 8:22 PM ET
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Mine would be peonies.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 9:41 PM ET
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Daffodils because they're so cheery and happy.  It's unfortunate that they don't smell like much, though.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:11 PM ET
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One plant?

a tree, a big shady tree with leaves that bud out in spring, shade the hammock in summer and turn color in the fall so I can burn off the calories by raking in the winter.

Can we cheat and have pots of plants?

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:55 PM ET
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I have trees and weeds that flower :) 

Judy,

Some daffodils are fragrant - the Cheefulness ones are.  I am guessing you may want yellow ones but if you look at the John Scheepers website http://www.johnscheepers.com/catview.cgi?_fn=Category&_category=Narcissi, you can find lots of fragrant ones to plant next fall. 

Okay, that is the site where you get 100, but they also sell as Van Engelen in smaller amounts (link) http://www.vanengelen.com/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=Narcissi:Double.  They are sold out now, but you can plan for fall and the catalogs will be coming before you know it.

At one time Park's sold a fragrant mix and I bought that several times, but they were sold and I don't buy from them any more.  The catalog was very pretty though!

 

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 3:47 AM ET
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Diana M, fragrant daffodils would be nice, but I still prefer the bright yellow, trumpet-shaped ones over the hybrid scented ones.  It may sound weird, but they look less "cheerful."  I know, I'm a weird one. :)

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:00 AM ET
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Judy,

Well, did you look at the species miniature narcissi at John Scheepers?  At least one of those is yellow cupped and fragrant, but they are small.  :) 

Actually, I think all the others are hybrids, but if you want the big yellow trumpets, I guess you do lose the fragrance.  I don't know if the "Jonquilla" section would have anything you like, but they are fragrant.  Narcissus classifications are hard - like math!

We started with a mix and if I am correct, some of the most common ones seem to be King Alfred (the big yellow trumpet); Ice Follies, white with frilled yellow center that turns white; Mount Hood, white with yellow trumpet that turns white; Narcissus Flower Record, naturalizer & forcer, white with small yellow cup-shaped center edged w/red; the double Cheerfulness or Yellow Cheerfulness which gets multiple flowers; Poeticus or Pheasant's eye - the late white ones with the small red/yellow center; Thalia, white - what many people think of as a narcissus.

Scheeper's has a mix for southern gardener's too.  Their catalog is worth looking at, even if you order elsewhere or from the Van Engelen site because you don't need 100, lol.  I had to dig up some because although they were very nice, the foliage was really unattractive in the flower bed.  It was a smaller variety and they came up in the snow last year.  I wanted to move them but DH just left the bulbs bake in the sun on the deck. 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 6:48 PM ET
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Tall bearded iris are my weakness---so many colors and varieties to choose from.   I went on a buying binge last summer and bought a ton of new named iris.   I dug up an old iris bed that had gotten so overgrown, gave those away and refilled it with all my new babies which probably won't give me a flower for another year:lol: 

For fragrance I love hyacinths or oriental lilies.  

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 8:24 PM ET
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Right now my fave are double decker coneflowers.  Link 

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 10:14 PM ET
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Heuchera. I've got five varieties and I can't wait to accumulate more!
Date Posted: 3/4/2008 3:58 AM ET
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a beautiful clematis that blooms from June thru Sept climbing high on an arbor that I have bird feeders on & a bird bath under!

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 11:46 AM ET
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Nasturtiums! They come in so many different colors, grow almost anywhere and bloom until frost and they are edible!

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Date Posted: 3/5/2008 6:52 PM ET
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Lilacs! I love them, and just wish they  bloomed longer.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 9:05 AM ET
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I keep eyeing those heuchera in the catalogs and wondering how they'd do and where I'd put them.  We have some we got at Walmart but DH isn't too keen on them.  I suppose he could take them out though - don't know why he doesn't, lol.

We had nasturtiums a year or two and they were very nice.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 12:24 PM ET
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Heuchera are great, especially the dark purple one.  Very pretty. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Anise Hyssop or Cardinal Flower.  It's hard to pick.  I love the Hyssop because it attracts the butterflies and bees and it blooms forever.  The Cardinal Flower for it's bright red flowers and the way the hummingbirds hover around it.   I also love the native honeysuckle that I have.  One is bright yellow and the other is a coral color. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 2:16 PM ET
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I love alstromerias, they've my favorite "commercial" flower.

I hope this doesn't sound obnoxious, but my very favorite flower is Mimulus clevelandii 'Elizabeth' or "Elizabeth's Monkeyflower".  My botanist husband discovered this new cultivar in the course of his field work in California, and named it after me. :-)  It has pretty flowers, but won't grow here in Kansas.  Here's a picture: http://www.cnplx.info/nplx/species?taxon=Mimulus+clevelandii

Cheers,

Elizabeth