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2020 Wasn’t All Bad in Wendy’s Garden


Today we are in Pennsylvania visiting Wendy Quereau.

Hope everyone enjoys some insight into the warmer days of 2020 here in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Have fun gardening! To many horticultural successes in 2021!

Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘Airbrush Effect’, Zones 4-9) are hybrids of species native to North America that bring huge, tropical-looking flowers to cold climates. As a bonus, they are relatively (if not entirely) deer resistant. Watch out for Japanese beetles who will love to eat them.

Ornamental pepperThis combination of ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum, annual) and winter pansy (Viola × wittrockiana, annual in the cool season) lasted from the beginning of October to mid-December.

Peony obovataThis species of peony (Paeonia obovata, zones 5–8) not only has incredibly beautiful seed heads, but is also one of the peonies that grow and bloom best in shady conditions. Most traditional peonies prefer full sun.

Falling containersAnother long-lasting combination of fall containers.

Hosta FranceeWhile trying to create a forest garden 40 years ago, I planted hosta for the first time (note: it could be the variety Hosta ‘Francee’, zones 3–9). This planting started out as a lucky, not-yet-withered giveaway that was spotted in a neighborhood trash can and was enough for an instant drift.

Asian MayappleNewly planted forest dweller, an Asian Mayapple (Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, zones 6–9).

MandevillaI still love the power and constant color of a Mandevilla (Mandevilla hybrid, zones 9-10 or annual) no matter how common it is. I refuse to be a plant snob!

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Robert Dunfee