Bed & Plant Update Part 3

The bed on the south side of the house…

Hello again everyone! I hope this post finds you all doing well. After a week of nice weather, it became very hot again… One day it was 98! A couple of times we were SUPPOSED to get rain, but we didn’t get a drop that I noticed. We did get a few drops as a teaser on Thursday afternoon.

I was working on the cactus and succulent post and updating their pages as I went along then I realized how long that would take. There are 40 different cactus and succulents so I will probably put them in 2-3 posts. Then I realized that by the time I was finished, the photos I took of the other plants would be out of date. So, I decided I better finish with the perennials and then go to the cactus and succulent update. Then I have to take photos of the Alocasia… I had to take a few more photos for this post because a few were already outdated. Umm… Even the photo of the bed is outdated now! The south bed has plants that are very drought tolerant but a little water really gets them growing… I think the Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ and the Canna stragglers must have grown a foot or more since I took the above photo on July 29…

So, here we go with round three of the plant and garden update… I am kind of going in order, not alphabetically…


Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’…

The Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ feels like it has been dethroned. It is still doing amazingly well even though its new neighbor has taken over the southwest corner bed. I think maybe I need to make some changes in this bed because the Phlomis is no longer the tallest plant here. So, next spring, I may trade places with the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ and Baptisia x ‘Lunar Eclipse’. Even though the Phlomis came up early this spring than normal (under the pot I cover it with over the winter), it did not flower. I am still scratching my head over that…


Baptisia x ‘Lunar Eclipse’…

Although the Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ (False Indigo) has done extremely well, it was a bit of a disappointment. When it FINALLY did flower it seems it turned out not to be ‘Lunar Eclipse’ after all. I had to double check the label and it does indeed say ‘Lunar Eclipse’. It only had a few flowers and they didn’t last very long. It was not near the show that photos online depict. I planted it last spring and it didn’t flower until this year, so maybe it will have more flowers next year. And you never know… Maybe next year it will decide to be ‘Lunar Eclipse’. One thing for sure, it is certainly a strong grower. BUT, the Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ is hidden between the shrubbery and this plant. Maybe I need to cut it half off.


Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’… On July 29.

Oh, yeah! The Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’! This is a plant no one should be without. They are heat and drought tolerant, will grow in full sun to part shade, have nice dark green and maroon leaves, have flowers that attract bees and butterflies, etc. Although they “can” grow to 8-9 feet tall, you can pinch them back when they are young and they won’t get that big. Some of my plants don’t get that tall, though. The other problem is they self-sow. Well, I guess that is a good thing in a way, but they produce a lot of seeds which leads to a lot of seedlings the next year. I used to try and find somewhere to plant them all or give as many away as possible. I thought about planting some along a few country roads or maybe along the highway. But, you know, once you give someone these plants they either have plenty or don’t want them again. Apparently, you either love them or hate them…


The longest flower spike so far on a Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ on August 11.

I ran into a little snag a few weeks ago while updating the ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ page to the right… I deleted a very long paragraph explaining the dilemma. In fact, I deleted it several times. If you want to read about it, you can click on the plant’s name above. 🙂 I am leaving the name of this plant as Celosia argentea var. spicata even though that name is not an “official” accepted name on Plants of the World Online. I better stop or I will be deleting another paragraph… Deeringia spicata!?!?!?!? OK, OK! You have to read the page…


Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue’ on 7-29-18, #487-84.

The Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimensions Blue flowers very well when I remember to keep the dead flowers removed. It has been a bit of a sprawler this year for some reason…


Rudbeckia hirta ‘Denver Daisy’…

The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Denver Daisy’ has pretty much run its course I think. They have been flowering non-stop for several months. I think I am going to cut the plants back and see what happens. Maybe they will regrow and flower again. If you would like some seed, just let me know…


Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’…

The Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ flowered then stopped after I deadheaded it. Now it has another flower and several buds. The flowers are really neat, though!


Salvia farinacea Cathedral™ ‘Blue Bicolor’ on 8-11-18, #494-8.

Salvia farinacea Cathedral™ ‘Blue Bicolor’ has been at it all summer. The plants are not near as tall as the Salvia farinacea ‘Blue Bedder’ I grew in Mississippi which is a good thing. I like tall plants, but I had to keep the ‘Blue Bedder’ tied to small bamboo stakes.

Those little plants in the middle are Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar). They were slow coming up this spring and some of them are STILL coming up… There are hundreds of tiny plants along the border of the bed.


Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ on 7-29-18, #487-80.

The Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherokee Sunset’ has done OK but… I really like the color of the flowers but I think the plants are lacking something. They don’t seem to mind the full sun here, but they just don’t have any ZIP. I think adding ‘The Good Stuff” in the spring is a good idea, but I am wondering if a good timed-release fertilizer incorporated into the soil would be a good idea, too. Of course it would be a good idea? Now I am sounding like an idiot!

Well, I don’t like using commercial fertilizers in the garden and flower beds. The soil in the garden is AWESOME but not so good around the house. I mix “The Good Stuff” in the soil in the spring but maybe I haven’t been using enough. I foliar fed with AlgoFlash fertilizer when I was in Minnesota and in some in Mississippi and I still have about a half a bottle. Now, where is that hose-end sprayer?


Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar) on 7-29-18, #487-97.

The Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar) that did come up and grow are doing very well. These plants will get bigger but not overwhelming. It’s the flowers and seed pods you have to watch out for. Once the flowers become seed pods they need to be deadheaded very soon. They will continue to flower over and over after they are deadheaded then you leave the last batch of seeds for next years plants… Well, don’t leave them all. 🙂


Achillea ‘Moondust’…

The Achillea ‘Moondust’ has been nothing at all like the Achillea millefolium. This guy is short! Well, after all, it is only supposed to get 12-18″ tall. After it spreads a little it will look even better. Sometimes only planting one plant isn’t a good idea and I should have bought more of these… Whereas the Achillea millefolium is a spreader, this one apparently has better manners. 🙂


Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ on 7-29-18, #487-85.

The Salvia x sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ seems to be enjoying itself but it is taking a break from flowering. Normally it flowers all summer if I deadhead it from time to time. There was a good-sized clump of Elephant Garlic behind it that was getting a little pushy which I removed a few months ago. It seemed to appreciate that and started spreading out but where are the flowers?  I asked it what the deal was and all it does is smile at me. I have had this plant since 2013… It is usually more upright but this year it is laying down on the job.


Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’…

Butterfly Bush Buddleja davidii ‘White Profusion’ is now getting with the program. The above photo was taken on July 30 but it is looking even better now. It is attracting a lot of butterflies and Hummingbird Moths. I need to take another video of the Hummingbird Moths…


Angelonia angustifolia Angelface®’Perfectly Pink’, 1 of 3…

The three Angelonia angustifolia Angelface® ‘Perfectly Pink’ in the southeast corner bed are really awesome. They have been non-stop bloomers and the flowers last a very long time. They were flowering when I planted them and I have never had to deadhead them. They just keep going and going!


Marigold ‘Brocade Red’…

The ‘Brocade’ Marigolds (Tagetes patula) are doing very well everywhere they are. I had worked for several years collecting the seed of only the red-flowered ‘Brocade’. For a while it proved to be successful, but when they self-sow not all the flowers turn out to be red… Now, they come up by the hundreds and I don’t have to save seeds anymore. But if I want only red flowers, I would have to deadhead all the flowers and continue saving only the seeds from the red. Then, any that come up on their own the following year would have to be pulled up. I did that for several years when I was trying to get them going, but now that they are really going it would be a lot of work… I did manage to keep them from coming up in the south bed, however, and I think this little bed at the corner of the back porch is plenty. There are a few in the southeast corner bed and the corner bed behind the old foundation (and a few other places). Umm… I really need to update their page soon.


Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)…

Talk about a spreader! The Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) has filled in this corner really well along the old foundation. I bought one plant at one of the local garden clubs plant sales in the spring of 2016 to fill in this corner and it has really done its job well. I don’t know what cultivar this is, maybe ‘Alba’. There are cultivars available, such as ‘Miss Manners’, that doesn’t spread aggressively. Actually, this could be ‘Miss Manners’ and maybe it would even be more aggressive is it weren’t. 🙂

There is a strange problem with this plant I haven’t figured out yet. The tops and some of the leaves turn brown as if they were scorched. They have done this from the beginning and watering has nothing to do with it. I only water my plants after they are in the shade. This happens as soon as they start growing in the spring and continues until frost…


Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)…

The Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) I transplanted in the bed behind the old foundation in May has basically finished flowering. I think they did pretty good considering this was their first year here. The one in the southeast corner bed is doing well although it didn’t flower. I am pretty sure they are a cultivar, but which one is a complete mystery. One thing is for sure, they are definitely NOT the straight species you find growing along the highway… I may have to go collect some seeds and scatter them in a few locations on the farm.


Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’…

The Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ in the corned bed behind the old foundation WAS doing very well. This is a really nice cultivar and one everyone should try. They grow well and flower in full sun to light shade (even part shade to some extent) with no problem. Flowers can be deadheaded to encourage repeat blooming and to keep them looking tidy. They slowly spread by underground rhizomes but do not come true from seed. Mine have not self-sown as far as I can tell. They are getting a little thick in this bed because I transplanted them a little to close in the first place. They need good air circulation and prefer moist soil… OK, so I gained a little more experience. In the north bed, where it was shadier so the soil stayed damper, they did very well… Here, in the full sun, they need to be watered more often. I water the beds every two or three days which I suppose isn’t often enough for this bed…

Being as crowded in this corner bed as they are is not a good idea because too many plants do cause an air circulation problem, especially when there is no breeze. If I watered more often bacterial infection would be worse when plants are too crowded. So, with this summer being so dry, this bed has had some real issues… Everything in this bed, including the Marigolds around the edge, have just about dried up. I use an automatic sprinkler for the south bed and Cannas, and also used it with the shade bed, to give them a good thorough soaking. But it won’t work in the corner bed behind the foundation. Somewhere I have an old round sprinkler I brought from Mississippi… I wonder where it is… 🙂

There are also a lot of Rudbeckia hirta (the wildflower called Black-Eyed Susan) growing in the south bed and in the corner bed behind the old foundation (in front of the ‘Goldsturm’ above). I let them pretty much grow wherever they want and we get along fine. The plants in the corner bed, however, up and died…

Well, I think that is it for this post. The next post will probably be about the Hosta and other plants in the shade bed. Then one about the Alocasia. By then, I may also have the Cactus and Succulent Update ready… Ummm… It took several days just to get this post finished. GEEZ! I just looked at the clock and it is 2:50 AM!

Until next time, be safe, stay positive, stay well, and GET DIRTY!

20 comments on “Bed & Plant Update Part 3

  1. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    You have a lot going on there. I am afraid of obedient plant because it is anything but obedient. In my garden once it was established it became a thug and i had to fight with it all the time. I really like that Amazon Celosia. I love the fuzzy blooms. I think your Baptisia will flower up for you once it is established well. They are difficult to move once they are established. If I had the “good stuff” available to my garden I would never use regular fertilizer. I think you are quite lucky in that respect.

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    • Hello Lisa! When I first planted the Obedient Plant it just seemed to sit there. It didn’t grow that well and appeared that perhaps it wasn’t even an Obedient Plant at all. Over the winter the leaves piled up in the corner. When spring was in the air I moved the leaves to see if it was sprouting. What I saw was not one plant coming up, but many. I like plants that spread to grow in corners that I can’t reach with the mower and the Obedient Plant is doing its job. I am sure if it were in a bed somewhere I wouldn’t like it as well. The Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ is definitely an AWESOME plant but the reseeding can drive you crazy. I certainly hope the Baptisia will flower better in 2019. That will be a great joy. Moving it, like you said, could be difficult because of its root system. The ‘Good Stuff’ is definitely a plus and I think I should be using it more liberally but I have to be careful with where I get it… Thanks for your comment as always!


  2. Loved your informative post Mr R.. and I have several of the varieties you have shared of Rudbeckia’s in our home garden.. They have not faired so well in the heat this year.. But I have dead headed them and hope they will produce a little more flower in the Autumn…
    We have wonderful rain today… So my garden is smiling.. 😀
    Wishing you well..

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    • Hello Sue! Glad to hear you had a nice rain! I will be working on the Rudbeckia in the sunnier beds this week deadheading, cutting back, and watering more frequently. I need to take a closer look at the leaves and stems, too. The Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ in the north bed are just fine, though. I am doing well. Thanks for your comment as always!

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      • I really must find the time to take some pictures and put on my gardening blog.. But Summer Holidays are still in full swing and we have our granddaughter several days to entertain.. 🙂 Happy Days.. Enjoy your garden and take care..

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        • Taking photos of your plants and garden would be a great idea. BUT… Spending quality time with time granddaughter is more important. We can suffer a little longer but she is full of energy. 🙂 Well, I guess that depends on how old she is. Maybe she can help with the photo tour.

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          • She is 7 but is wise beyond her years.. And I took a few photos, now just to create a post.. LOL… But… When time evaporates!… lol… I hope a post will emerge soon.. 🙂

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            • I am sure she is very curious to learn and she has such a great teacher. I am looking forward to your post and seeing the photos. I know how time slips away. I take a lot of photos that don’t get on posts because they soon become outdated. I put them on the plant pages, though. Take care!

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              • yes, see a week already flown and still not uploaded the photos.. Lots been going on in the Dreamwalker household this week.. And not much time for the internet.. Hopefully tomorrow will see me get to grips with a post on my garden blog.. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend my friend Take care too

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                • LOL! Been there, done that. Sometimes I take photos and there are 3-4 days worth on my photo card. The first ones are out of date so I have to start over. 🙂 Time seems to fly when we are enjoying life. 🙂 You and yours have a great weekend as well.

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  3. Jim R says:

    You are the 2nd person in a week to mention hummingbird moth. Last weekend, we were sitting at an outdoor table listening to live music. On the table was an arrangement of flowers like petunia, etc. It was dusk. This moth came by several times right in front of us. It isn’t a hummingbird moth. But, the person next to me called it that. It was fun to watch it up close.

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    • Hello Jim! The Hummingbird Moth is truly remarkable! Thanks for sharing the link! Last year I saw a moth on a tree and couldn’t figure out what it was at first. I did figure it out but I didn’t label the photos and I have forgotten. Now, with your link, I will go back and find it and get the photos labeled. Next time I am taking photos of plants and see a hummingbird moth I am going to take another video. Sometimes you can’t take photos of fast-moving insects but a video works out well. Thanks for the comment as always and thanks again for the link!

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  4. Pixydeb says:

    Really interesting mega-post – my favourites are those marigolds – they are beautiful & perfect. Interesting about the hummingbird moths as we have had the hottest summer ever here and for the first time I have had hummingbird moths around the porch!! Looking forward to Cactuses & succulents 🙂

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    • Hello Pixydeb! I think the red marigolds are some of the prettiest and there are several cultivars that have reds. I saw my first hummingbird moth just a few years ago along the south hayfield. At first, I thought it was a hummingbird. Then when it slowed down a little I decided it must be some kind of a moth. So, of course, I had to do a little research. I am so glad you have seen them on your porch. Thanks for the comment as always! The cactus and succulent post is coming soon.


  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    There’s a lot going on in your garden BR. I’m liking those marigolds very much, having never seen that colour before. Rudbeckias, Echinaceas and Gaillardias all seem quite similar to me. Are they related?

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    • Hello Jane! They are all in the same family. Despite the heat, as long as I water the plants they are all doing well. How’s your garden and the weather in your neck of the woods? I guess if I visited your blog I may find out, huh? 🙂 Thanks for the comment as always!


      • janesmudgeegarden says:

        It has been cold here with frosts nearly every morning, and NSW is 100% drought declared and it isn’t even spring yet. My garden is looking pretty shabby with frost damage but it’s beginning to wake up: there are some bulbs making an appearance. Soon, I’ll be complaining about heat too!

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        • So you are just beginning spring there? (I snuck over to your blog). It is still summer here and I think t has been between 92-98 all week. The forecast for tomorrow says it will be 89 degrees F and there will thunderstorm in the area. Even though it is supposed to 89 it will feel like 97. Then, on Tuesday is it supposed to rain and the temp will drop down to 76. How weird is that? The only time I really complain about the weather is in the spring when I am anxiously waiting to get my hands in the dirt and see what has made it through the winter. By frost, the bedding plants and gardens are all sorta ready to either start over or hibernate.


  6. Wow everything is looking so pretty!

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    • Hello Diane! The beds turned out very good last year for the most part. I am not sure what I will do with the south bed this year. I was waiting for the re-seeders to come up before I made any plans. They have finally come up, so now I can start planning for 2019. Thanks for the comment!

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