Salpiglossis over-wintered here for me ..even though we dipped into the 20's .
This is Silene asterias from Annies, planted last summer. The plants are tidy and have plenty of flowers , but the jury is still out...do I like it ?
Sidalcea...back story . In 1986 when I moved to NorCal from San Diego, a new neighbor loaned me a copy of Taylors Guide to Perennials. This book, along with White Flower Farms catalog was a revelation to me --and I was in a swoon over the Sidalcea malviflora image in Taylors. I had worked in a garden center in Socal for 10 years and herbaceous perennials were nowhere to be found. Our customers assumed a perennial was plant that bloomed all year, and could not be convinced otherwise. We lived in a sea of Pansies, Ivy Geraniums and Euryops. Here in the north, there was a modest selection of perennials , and among my first purchases was G. Johnsons Blue (which I still have for sentimental reasons) Aster frikartii and a very poor cultivar of Sidalcea which was discarded after a couple of seasons. Last fall I bought a few Sidalceas from Annies, and they have jsut started to bloom, with many buds still to come.
Achellia 'Moonshine' .
Penstemon Mystica...claims that it would bloom till fall did not prove accurate last summer in my garden, still I planted 2 more in the hopes that maturity would assist in a longer flowering . Either way a very nice trouble free plant and a vast improvement over 'Huskers Red' .
Always reliable Verbena bonariensis.
The fabulous Artichoke.
Penstemon Raven, one of my favorite non-floppers.
I grow Symphytum 'Axminister Gold' for the foliage but it's nice to have the little pinkish flowers in spring. I will cut it back moderately hard when the flowers wane, and a new batch of fresh foliage will be the result.
This is Clematis 'Arabella' which is a non-stop bloomer in my garden til the frost lays her low. Last fall I threw some sweetpea seeds around her base, and now they jockey for position on her arbor. I will have to rescue her before long-sweetpeas are not suitable summer plants here in any case.
I love this green Santolina and have them repeated a few times in my front garden.
...but one of them did this ! I hate it when that happens .Ruins the whole damn scheme.