Today we’re in Pennsylvania visiting with Wendy Quereau.
I hope everyone enjoys some glimpses of warmer days enjoyed in 2020 here in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Happy gardening everyone! Here’s to many horticultural successes in 2021!
Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘Airbrush Effect’, Zones 4–9) are hybrids of species native to North America and bring huge, tropical-looking flowers to cold climates. As a bonus, they are relatively (though not completely) deer resistant. Just watch out for Japanese beetles, which love to snack on them.
Not only does this species of peony (Paeonia obovata, Zones 5–8) have incredibly beautiful seed heads, but it is also one of the peonies that will grow and bloom best in shaded conditions. Most traditional peonies prefer full sun.
Another long-lasting fall container combo.
In an attempt to establish a woodland garden 40 years ago, I put in my very first planting of hosta (Note: it looks like it might be the variety Hosta ‘Francee’, Zones 3–9). This planting started as a lucky, not yet wilted, freebie spotted in a neighborhood trash can that was enough for an instant drift.
Newly planted woodlander, an Asian mayapple (Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, Zones 6–9).
I still love the vigor and constant color of a mandevilla (Mandevilla hybrid, Zones 9–10 or as annual), no matter how common it is. I refuse to be a plant snob!
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