I like when people talk about a bunch of different perennials in their garden, it adds more to the picture, especially now that I can recognize some of the names and don't have to google each and every one.
I also have wiegela and thought I'd see wonderful pink blooms each and every year. So I planted four of them to be the focal point of that side of the sidewalk. Last summer, not a single bloom did I see. I have golden sedum growing along the sidewalk as I thought the bright yellow would be a nice accent for the pastel pink blooms. The winter snow was abnormal and that side of the yard remained under snowfall longer than any spot on the entire block. This year, I have WONDERFUL blooms from the weigelas!
But I also didn't see the lily of the valley I planted on that side for two years, so I assumed they died. This year, they are showing themselves and I am anxiously waiting to see the blooms. I may end up potting them later if they transfer well.
I planted four pink honeysuckle. One died almost immediately. The other three were kind of scraggly but bloomed the next year. Last year, I only saw scraggly leaves all summer. This year, all three are blooming.
An artemesia the hubby picked out from Walmart grew into a big scraggly thing that I loved to pet, but grew tired of looking at it. Last year, it was one thing in my front yard that grew profusely after the heavy snow. But midsummer it turned to dust and I was anxious to replace it this summer finally. But now it has resurrected itself. It was just the right height and I'd divided it once to keep the shape but it grew too fast. The faster it grew, the faster it looked like a masticated rag. Even tried to spread pieces of it around to different areas so I could get it out of that spot and the hubby wouldn't miss his plant.
We have a juniper bush that is on my most unwanted list that I wanted to get rid of when we first bought the house, nearly 20 years ago. He wanted it to grow to provide shade for the west side of the house. This particular type doesn't really grow high. Somehow, it has grown to the roof. But it is so unsightly and scraggly. I had to clear out years of debris from under it and found out I'm allergic to juniper. Most of the dead limbs from underneath I cut out so it could get water - the soil was like concrete. I amended it for several years and planted a ton of windflowers to cover how bad it looks. Not one came up. This year I planted black-eyed susans and hope I have better luck.
This spring, I carefully added some bone meal to my weigela, honeysuckle, and other flowers. I didn't add as much as the instructions said to because I didn't want to burn my plants. Last winter, I also nearly killed myself shoveling snow so that the hubby wouldn't use salt to melt it. I think that combination helped, but I'm also trying to plant bigger clumps of plantings. The weigelas will get columbine, poppy and foxglove companions. I planted a lot of fall bulbs, but will also plant echinacea and different rudbeckia.
I think the monarda is related to the mint family. I planted some bee balm, which is Monarda didyma, because the hummingbirds and especially the bees like it.
"Love all God's creatures, the animals, the plants. Love everything to perceive the divine mystery in all." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky