|Clematis 'Happy Jack Purple' after three years. It was a |
trial plant sent to me by Proven Winners.
Some seed-grown plants, and all of the shrubs and vines take two years or more before displaying their charms. Clematis 'Happy Jack Purple' is a perky little sprite, playfully winding through the pergola's upright supports and around one of its posts.
And it all began early, starting before the summer containers came to life, yet still going strong to accompany the bush honeysuckle Diervilla 'Kodiak Black' and Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit II'. Both shrubs, though hybrids, are North American natives.
|The Diervilla 'Kodiak Black' and Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit II' both were given to me as free trial plants in 2015.|
|Last year's growth of three plants, including a|
|Digitalis (foxglove) 'Silver Fox' makes a spectacular showing this year.|
And guess what? They survived! It was a pretty slow process. It was touch and go for quite awhile, but finally, both plants conspired to fill the pot.
The pot, which is around 14" in diameter, is so root bound, it requires daily watering. But I think it's the cramped quarters they seem to like. I hope the same goes for the tuberose, whose foliage is looking good so far.
I imagine that when the foxglove begins to falter from the heat, it will be a call to the tuberose and the rain lily to get their bloom on.