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2020 Wasn’t All Bad in Wendy’s Garden – FineGardening


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 bloomHardy 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.

ornamental pepperThis ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum, annual) and winter pansy (Viola × wittrockiana, cool season annual) combo lasted from early October through mid-December.

Peony obovataNot 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.

fall containerAnother long-lasting fall container combo.

Hosta FranceeIn 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.

Asian mayappleNewly planted woodlander, an Asian mayapple (Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, Zones 6–9).

mandevillaI 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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