There are certain plants that sometimes just don't make it my garden, usually it's because they just don't perform or are too picky, so those are the ones that move out to someone else's garden. Then there are the ones that I would never get rid of because they show they tolerate just about any conditions.
I found after yesterday's heat, a record breaking 106 degrees here (and the hottest day ever recorded in Seattle), that some plants barely flinched, where as others are brown and laying wilted on the ground no matter how much water they were given. I know the climate is changing here and more and more of these tough plants will need to be added.
Here are some definite keepers:
Hollyhock 'Queeny Mix' which I started by winter sowing this year. Hollyhocks do not normally bloom the first year, and this was a wonderful surprise. It just looks so fresh, you'd never know it's handled record breaking dry and hot weather here.
Spiraea 'Magic Carpet' in it's second bloom. I followed Frances' advice on pruning it right after it bloomed and now it's covered in fresh pink flowers.
Rose 'Abraham Darby' disease free and producing several new buds.
Unknown Hydrangea given to me by my husband many years ago. It was the type that came in a florist's pot from the grocery store. I planted it in the ground on a whim and now it it's about 3 feet high.
Of course the Echinaceas are doing great, but I just had to take more pictures of them.
This is 'Double Decker' which should have petals coming from the center as well. I still like the double layer of petals around the center even if it's not quite what I was expecting.
'Green Envy' has lots of flowers.
'Big Sky Sundown'
This is a baby of 'Magnus' although I've now found 3 like this one. Much smaller petals and yellow around the center. It almost looks like it was crossed with a Zinnia. Could that be possible?
I haven't gone to the backyard yet, and I'm heading out to water it. Hopefully my wilted plants of yesterday will have been refreshed by the cooler temperature of 85 during the night. This should be the last day of 100 + weather.