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Episode 77: Year in Review


What can we say about 2020 that has not yet been said? With all the bad, it was positive for the FG staff to spend more time in our gardens. In this way, we were really able to monitor which plants were good and which were not – sometimes through no fault of our own. We end the year with an inventory of our plant successes and failures. There were some surprises from little-known native plants that seemed to be enjoying the drought this summer while other plants we had coveted struggled. Steve even talks about plants that made it and lived in a pot by the side of his driveway for a full year (or three). If these selections can survive these conditions, just think about how well they would do in your garden with a little extra attention! We asked Associate Editor Carol Collins to share in the memories, and she tells an amusing story of growing a year she longs for, only to let uninvited gardeners spoil it all.



Feldpussytoes (Neglect Antennaria, Zones 3-8)

Betonie ‘Summer Crush’ (Stachys ‘Summer Crush’, Zones 4-9)


‘Petit Henri’ ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Petit Henri’, zones 5-7)



Aster ‘October Skies’ (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium’ October Skies, Zones 3-8)

Eastern star sedge ‘Halifax’ (Carex radiata ‘Halifax’, zones 4-8)


Japanese Kerria ‘Yokoi’s Gold’ (Kerria japonica ‘Yokoi’s Gold’, Zones 5-8)



Old golden rod (Solidago nemoralis, zones 3-9)

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ (Atemisia ‘Powis Castle’, Zones 6 to 9)


Amaranth ‘Elena’s Rojo’ and ‘Juana’s Orange’ (Amaranthus cruentus ‘Elena’s Rojo’ and ‘Juana’s Orange’)

SUCCESS: Field Pussytoes

SUCCESS: ‘Summer Crush’ betony

'Summer Crush' betony

ERROR: ‘Petit Henri’ ragged robins

'Petit Henri' ragged robinsPhoto credit: Rozanne and Friends®

SUCCESS: Old field golden rod

Old field golden rod

SUCCESS: ‘Powis Castle’ Artemisia

'Powis Castle' Artemisia

ERROR: ‘Elena’s Rojo’ amaranth

'Elena's Rojo' amaranth
ERROR: ‘Juana’s Orange’ amaranth

'Juana's Orange' amaranth

SUCCESS: ‘October Skies’ Aster

Aster 'October Skies'

SUCCESS: ‘Halifax’ Eastern Star Sedge

'Halifax' Eastern Star Sedge

ERROR: ‘Yokoi’s Gold’ Japanese Kerria

'Yokoi's Gold' Japanese Kerria

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