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Re: need your thoughts on some plants please.

The only plants we have interest in here that are victims of "NEWER, BETTER" marketing ploys are caladiums and tomatoes. Unless I'm forgetting some--a distinct possibility--I can't think of any others that have new models, even every four or five years.

And I agree with Ceres, "new is not necessarily better" for these two plants at least, and I'll take it one observation farther--the new introductions may not even be as good as what we now have or had last year. I don't think it's always sentimentality that prods us to prefer heirlooms; sometimes it's performance.

On Apr 10, 2005, at 10:49 AM, Donna wrote:

I think you are right Ceres about "new is not necessarily better". Seems
many of the new introductions are basically the same plant with a new name.
Granted there is something different, but enough to call it another plant?

As a watergardener they really need a plant control system... water lilies
are the worst for this.


In a message dated 4/9/05 6:49:53 PM, gossiper@sbcglobal.net writes:

<< Echinacea purpurea 'doubledecker' This sure sounds like razzmatazz >>

Donna, I have dbdecker & have ordered razzmatazz and think they are very
different. I am not an Echinacea fan & these are the only ones to be in
garden. I'm not sure I really like dbdecker but we will see. Razzmatazz
gorgeous. I saw it in a friends garden last year & it was stunning. We
supposed to get Sunset but the shipment was delayed till May 15 & then
until June 15
which is after we are closed so the order was canceled.
We have Stoplight & Sunspot in the greenhouse sitting side by side and
see little difference but perhaps a little variation in the leaf shape.
Growth habit may be different but at this early point I cannot see a
I am not taken by the Heucheras. My favorite is still Midnight Claret
but only wish it was a bit more aggression grower. Regina is my favorite
to use
in containers. The color of this one picks up so nicely with many other
I think we have all learned new is not necessarily better.

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Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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