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HI! Just wondering what everyone is planting this year? What plants could you not live without in your garden? What plants have disappointed you in the past?

In this month's H and H issue I noticed some beautiful non-stop begonias called "Apple Blossom". I bought 3 to try this year...I am excited to see them flower.

I was given a gift certificate for a garden centre here in Edmonton called Wellington's...if anyone has the opportunity to go there, it is just beautiful! I could have spent all day there and a small fortune if I had one! :)

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Those are grape hyacinths I think. They are
Ephemerals - I love them too!

As for the cost of plants, I know it can be excessive, and I have learned my lesson: I buy the "common" annuals, like Alyssum, at places like Superstore, where they are dirt cheap. For something more unusual or for pricey perennials, I go to to garden centres like Wellingtons etc... I have found that even a bargain plant is too expensive if it dies after one season. Last year I planted hundreds of dollars worth of good quality greenhouse perennials and shrubs VERY carefully - lots of attention to the details of the planting. I am happy to report that I only had to replace one of those plants this year - all the rest are growing happily!

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A favorite of mine are grape hyaciths(sp?)...they are so pretty! I can't wait until mine come up every Spring and the flowers last quite a long time. I attached a pic...

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Thanks for all the replies...I am now going to try some of the favorites...heucheras, daylilies, asiatic lilies and ligularia. Even though we are all in different zones, i still feel more inclined to try a different plant if someone else has success with it. :)

Dreamer...I am ashamed to say I haven't been to any of the other garden centres you listed...even Hole's!! I haven't been able to spend much $$ on plants the last few years so I usually just get them at C. Tire or Home Depot. This was the first year I went to a fancy garden centre.

Zephyr...beautiful garden and pond! I can see why you enjoy it so much! I have to agree with Foxxy about the lily of the valley...it can really take over. I pulled "ALL" of mine out 2 years ago and I still fight it every year since.

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I did not want to leave you hanging - the one in "the Park" is Greenland. If you have not been there, go! Make sure you look at a map if you are not familiar with Sherwood Park. They seem to have some plants there that no one else carries!

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I have been to Wellingtons, and I love it too! I am sure you have been to Hole's, but don't miss Ellerslie Gift and Garden or the huge greenhouse in Sherwood Park. If I can remember the name of that one, I will post it.

I have a favorite plant, a lingularia which was given to me as a chunk of root so I do not know the type. It is a shade loving plant with round leaves the size of dinner plates and flower stems that get about 5 feet tall! It is very impressive in bloom.

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I agree...hostas are beautiful. I just bought a huge "francee' variety and I am anxious to get it planted. I have three other varieties in the backyard and I am hoping to dig them up this week and move them to our new front garden bed too. I would like to get some white flowering astilbe to plant beside the francee to pick up the lovely white edge on it's leaves.

I wish I was a more educated gardener. If I would have known 15 years ago that gardening was so interesting, I would have studied to be a botanist. Everytime I go to a garden center I feel so happy and could spend all day there.

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