I know that gardeners in Newfoundland and Norway can grow saxifrages readily, but I am getting tired of losing my favorites year after year. When I went through my garden and my file cards yesterday, I discovered I had three left in the ground--'Winnifred Bevington,' tucked against a piece of tufa on a slightly shaded north bank, 'Findling,' a mossy saxifrage, down low on that same bank, and 'Apple Blossom,' a pleasantly sprawly but totally non-blooming plant high on that same bank. Also, in a trough in a somewhat shady spot 'Correvon' and in a pot, 'Peter Pan.'
Other saxes that have lasted at least two years for me are oppositifolia, from seed, and my favorite, 'Faldonside'. These gradually shrunk, then disappeared. 'Winnifred Bevington' has become smaller too.
Saxifraga is one of my favorite genuses and I want to continue trying them, but don't want to throw good money after bad. Should I just plant them in pots or troughs and forget about the garden, even in or against tufa?