Category Archives: Garden Winners

Garden Winner: Marigold ‘Strawberry Blonde’

In early July, I introduced you to a new French marigold cultivar called ‘Strawberry Blonde’. The flowers start out dark red and then fade to shades of yellow, mauve and pink. Those subtle colors are something new for marigolds which … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Allium ‘Millenium’

For the third year in a row, ornamental onion Allium ‘Millenium’ (yes, it’s spelled that way) continues to be my favorite perennial to grow. The flowers are a gorgeous purple and the plants grow 15 to 20 inches tall: I … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Dianthus ‘Pink Jolt’

Recently I sang the praises of Dianthus ‘Cherry Jolt’ which is a long-blooming annual that I’m currently growing in my flowerbeds for the first time. Last year I tried and loved sibling ‘Pink Jolt’ which is blooming like a fool … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Begonia ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’

I must revisit the wonder of my ‘Santa Cruz Sunset’ begonias and give them the “Garden Winner” status they deserve. The plants just won’t stop blooming. In fact, it’s now October and they are still covered in buds. The foliage … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Celosia ‘Arrabona Red’

You really can’t deadhead celosias. You can clip off the main flower when it’s finished and hope some side shoots come up to fill its place, but once the flower turns brown and starts forming a seed head it’s done. … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Profusion ‘Double Deep Salmon’

I grew a couple of the new Profusion zinnias this year. Profusion ‘Double Deep Salmon’ instantly won me over. The flowers are indeed dark salmon: As they age they become a gorgeous shade of peach mixed with yellow and pink … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: ‘Purple Rooster’ Bee Balm

There was no contest for the most impressive perennial in my flowerbeds this summer. ‘Purple Rooster’ bee balm (Monarda didyma) ran away with all the honors and accolades. The flowers started appearing in June and were still hanging on in … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: ‘Whisper Mix’ Nicotiana

There’s no doubt about it, hummingbirds love ‘Whisper Mix’ nicotiana. I’m so glad I planted some in front of our screened porch this year so I can watch the hummingbirds up close. ‘Whisper Mix’ plants grow 3 to 4 feet … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Shasta Daisy ‘Crazy Daisy’

It’s refreshing to discover a perennial that blooms for most of the summer. It’s even better when that perennial needs little care from me to “make the magic happen.” Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) ‘Crazy Daisy’ is one of those … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Sunny Lady Impatiens

Last summer I fell in love with the Sunny Lady series impatiens from Park Seed. I have some flowerbeds that are being overtaken by more and more shade each year, but they still get several hours of full sun daily, … Continue reading

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