My tastes change too from year to year. But I don't
mind. I've been into pinks, splashed varieties, light blues, blacks etc.
But that is a good thing because then I find one or two really good ones
(vigorous growers, beautiful form, etc.) to keep forever. The others I get rid
of or they die. So ultimately - - my garden will be growing only the best out
there - - for this climate/region.
One thing I find though - - is that once I definitely decide
NOT to grow a certain variety again - - sometimes I change my mind - - only to
later find out - - - I definitely do NOT want to grow this one again.
Oh wow - my preference is for the blue tones rather than
the variegatas - this one really appeals to me. Anybody in a wetter
climate tried it? There is often an inverse relationship between what does
well in dry climates and what does well here. Where's my checklists -
Walter, Bill, Janet, can we grow this one?
Thanks for the photo of
OSAKA, but at least in the photo, that has a lot more yellow than MOST
STUNNING or RINGO. I go more for the pink tones (like LIASON, which I
actually kept alive for a few years, gorgeous bloom colors) or
blues/purples, rather than variegatas. I have found a lot more of the
variegatas, at least older ones, that do well for me, but prefer other
colors. At least I prefer other colors now - I notice that my taste
seems to change - started out liking strong colors in late bloomers when
it's often hot and pastels bleach out, now I prefer more muted
tones. -- Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8