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Old 08-19-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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Rose bushes. Sick of messing with them and they have been terribly plagued with black spot and rosetta disease. I need something that I will not have to mess with.

In January I'll remove the annuals and trim back Crape Myrtle tree and bushes and also the Texas lilacs.

Next year it will be periwinkles and four o'clocks in the flower beds.

Tired of dealing with roses.
Tell me about crape myrtle as a bush. I'm sure I have one, but have been told to train it upwards.
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Old 08-19-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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Former owners here apparently loved orange and hated maintenance. So they loaded up the place with the common orange daylilies and with tiger lilies (! ). I never want to have an orange (or anything approaching orange) flower here again, LOL


You wouldn't believe what else they deliberately planted here as well. They could have opened up a nursery and called it "Invasives R Us".
Same problem here, but with yellow. I've dug up at least 200 different kinds of daffodils (and found them homes), yellow lilies, yellow gladioli, yellow irises, and still more to go. I'm trying to move anything non-yellow I find since all these bulbs are just stuck in between everything else. Including your orange tiger lilies, I had billions of them, and still have a few.
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Old 08-19-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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The tiger lilies take forever to totally get rid of, because even the little ones that are 6 inches high make those black bulbils all along the stem, and they drop into the soil sooo easily and in such quantity.

I actually don't mind yellow dayliliesif they have no hint of orange. I do want to have daylilies again here but there aren't that many that don't have some orangey-peachy cast regardless of color. For example I have yet to see a TRUE pink without any trace of peach/melon/salmon/etc.

I'm working on a white-flowers planting and found Mike Huben's white daylily selections. The one I really wanted ('White and Nerdy') was already sold out at $70 each (ouch!) before I found them. Probably a good thing for my wallet.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Former owners here apparently loved orange and hated maintenance. So they loaded up the place with the common orange daylilies and with tiger lilies (! ). I never want to have an orange (or anything approaching orange) flower here again, LOL

You wouldn't believe what else they deliberately planted here as well. They could have opened up a nursery and called it "Invasives R Us".

Hey! I think they lived here at some point, too! There's quite a few invasives that just won't quit around here. They at least aren't all orange, though.


Growing zone 11b, I think, or somewhere around there anyway. I'm currently planting new lettuce, watermelons and a short gardenia hedge. There's a big plant sale in Hilo next week, hopefully someone will have a cinnamon gardenia. My friend has one at his house and it smells wonderful. If there's not one at the plant sale, then perhaps some cuttings from his would work.
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Old 08-19-2019, 05:29 PM
 
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I'm planting more chard seeds for fall/winter crop. Pruning & deadheading flowers, saving some seeds for next year.
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Old 08-19-2019, 06:13 PM
 
Location: USA
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Out with the Gerbara daisies, in with the mums!
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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Tell me about crape myrtle as a bush. I'm sure I have one, but have been told to train it upwards.
We have one large crape myrtle tree I keep medium sized. They do well with trimming, so you have to control them - that they don't get giant. It is about the same size now as when we put it in three years ago.

The crape myrtle bushes are a bit more fluffy than last year. I let them bloom off and then trim them back for conformity. These plants can be tailored to bushes or trimmed to trees.
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Tell me about crape myrtle as a bush. I'm sure I have one, but have been told to train it upwards.
Crape Myrtle come in different sizes. Look for a variety that stays relatively small, like under 6’, and don’t trim off the side shoots. Voila...a nice bush.
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I just saw some giant liriope planted in a public square. I did not know there was such a thing. They were about 24” tall and the flower spikes were taller. They were very striking looking.
Yesterday, I was browsing my favorite online nursery and they were selling them. They are quite pricey (6 for $99.) but if they spread as easily as their smaller counterparts, it might be worth it.
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Old 08-31-2019, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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Out with the Gerbara daisies, in with the mums!
Here in zone 8, the gerberas flower all winter.
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