Today I decided to do a post along with Meems over at Hoe & Shovel showing my Best Performer for 2008. Since it is so hard to choose just one plant when I had so many great displays this year, I’m going to list a few categories. And the winners are….
For best performer in the annuals category….this little purple beauty bloomed it’s heart out from May -November in the new garden bed. It will definitely be on my planting list next season. I saved some seed just in case it wasn’t easy to find at the nursery.
For best performance in the climber category….this large flowering cultivar can’t be beat for two seasons of blooms! She started in late April and finished in May. Then when the heat of summer faded away she came to life again in September and is still full of buds as we speak!
And of course the winner for best performer in the shrubs/small tree category in my garden is none other than the Hydrangea ‘Limelight’. I raved about this champion plant all season. Even now with her faded blooms she is stunning and interesting to look at in the winter garden.
Last but not least is the best performer in the perennial category for 2008. This garden Phlox has some wonderful qualities such as a long season of bloom (from Jun-Nov), magnet for bees & butterflies, lovely fragrance and mildew resistance. She makes a great companion to Roses, Rubeckia, Liatris and Echinacea in my garden. What were your best performers for 2008?