The Agastache cana wins hands down on the best performing plant this year. I grew these from seed and even in my incredibly short summer, these grew and filled out so fast, and put on such a great display. They are fantastic and will become a much bigger part of my garden next year.
The front bed that I was trying to make into an English Garden proved to be too hot and dry for most plants because of the stone wall. I am going to definately use these up front next year. They thrive on that.
Now, this one I'm not quite sure as to whether it was what I did, or a fluke, but I read that withholding water from melons at the end of their growing period concentrates the sugars and makes them sweeter.
I withheld all water from my Fastbreak Melons for the final 3 weeks. Not hard to do considering it only rained twice. I used the infamous Blue Tarps to make a tent over them when rain was called for. I've grown this type for the past 3 years and I have never had a sweeter and juicier melon in my life. I mean chin-dripping juicy. Stand over the sink to eat it juicy. Fluke? I don't know, but from now on---no water for the melons in their final weeks.
Flash Blend from Botanical Interests. Great variety of sunflowers that brought in honeybees by the hundreds. They loved it, and so did I!
Sunflower-Burpee Aztec Gold--great producer of striped seed-done in only 70 days.
Grandpa Otts Morning Glory--self seeded from last year turned out more robust, and produced sports of light pink and the most incredible shade of pale blue-which I've marked with zip-ties to save seed.
For the end of the raised beds, this combo of dk blue, light blue, and white petunias stood up best to the heat and drought. Still looked good even after frost.
Zinnia Zahara-Starlight Rose. VERY drought tolerant. And it's in a spot surrounded by concrete-so it stood up great to heat also. I had my doubts on this one when I bought it, but it did very well.
These fushia geraniums just kept going and going all summer long-definately repeating these ones in this tub.
Petunia Sanguna Blue Vein. One plant per tub-completely ran over the Purple Wave petunias I put in with it. This stuff just blooms it's fool head off. I don't even need the purple waves in there anymore. Pretty drought tolerant too. I watered these tubs twice a week. Not bad!
Argyranthemum Butterfly. OMG. It's STILL blooming, even after 2 frosts. Given to me by my good friend Deb Arnold, this is definately being used next year.
Winter Sowing--also another winner. It gave me something related to gardening to do in those cold winter months, and with little effort and not much expense, gave me flats of perennials that I've struggled to start in the past. For the best source of info: http://wintersown.org/
This is by no means everything that worked , but it is a list of what is new for me, and that will become a regular part of my garden in the future.
I'd really love it if the rest of you guys would feature what really worked for you (and didn't!)
We all learn so much from each other.
C'mon, any takers??