Camellias are always a winter hit. Hard freezes take out open blossoms; tight buds wait for a warm spell to open again. Early freezes in late fall took out most Camellia sasanqua blooms, not a frequent occurrence and a big disappoinment.
Camellia japonica February, 2014
Daffodils are always a spring hit.
Loropetalum and Dogwood look good at the time of Azaleas, Loropetalum starts earlier and lasts longer than Azaleas. It makes wonderful understory trees.
I built a rough patio of urbanite, stones and ancient brick. It's a good place for summering potted plants.
I considered the Poppy Show a near-miss because there were not as many poppies as previous years, but what did grow were a Hit. California poppies thrive in our climate.
Hydrangeas and Cycads -- Hit.
Three favorite summer whites:
Oakleaf Hydrangea, Gardenias and White Crape Myrtle.
I planted a half dozen rooted Gardenia cuttings along the north side of the greenhouse. They have gained size and hopeful of blooms in 2015.
2014 was a good year for Lilies. Blackout.
I can too grow tulips in the South.
The Herb Wheel was a near Miss. Thyme died. Parsley failed to take off. 'Dwarf' Marigolds were huge. Despite disappointments I started another wheel on the other end of the cabbages. There is always learning in Misses.
From my perspective ALL tropicals were a Hit in the summer of 2014, from reseeding Tithonia in the butterfly garden to seedling Pride of Barbados that finally produced blossoms. I kept over fewer cuttings this winter but have bigger plans for seedlings and am hopeful of many plants returning from roots.
Things to eat are always a Hit!
Every year there are successes and failures. It is part of the growing process both for the garden and the gardener.
What were Hits in your garden this year?