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Re: plants for DRY, semi-shade

Marge, yes, there are tons of new and old ones becoming more and more
available.  If interested, should get High Country Gardens catalogue.
Also, there was a tip in a recent Horticulture issue on "Carrying Dryland
Agastaches (A. cana and A. rupestris hybrids) through eastern winters"
We've ordered several new Agastaches for the Display Gardens and I'm
starting 2 new ones from seed this year, including 'Purple Pygmy'


> [Original Message]
> From: Marge Talt <mtalt@hort.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 3/21/2003 9:00:13 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] plants for DRY, semi-shade
> Thanks, Pam...I wondered about that but was not sure.  SC isn't as
> hot as Texas, tho', I don't think...have lived in Texas, but did not
> garden there....IMO Texas summers are totally brutal:-)  Think SC is
> more humid, at least the parts I've been in.  But, given latitude,
> the sun could be just as intense.  
> I know I can grow things in part shade that need full sun further
> north, so the farther south you get, the more shade plants can
> tolerate.
> Think rosemary will take about any soil as long as it drains well;
> that seems key with them.  I've seen huge shrubs of rosemary in S.
> CA...and that makes me think of another plant that may do well -
> Agapanthus...they grow in the median strips around LA and should be
> hardy in SC.
> Hmmmm.....now, I wonder about some of the Agastaches...I only have
> that really common hardy one with the sort of faded blue/purple
> flowers whose name escapes me right now, but there are some really
> marvelous cultivars - one would about fill that planter:-)  They are
> drought tolerant, aren't they?
> I think the key is going to be whether these plants can get enough
> water until they are established.....sounds like there are quite a
> few that will otherwise do well in the light and soil conditions.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Pamela J. Evans <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
> > 
> > Well in this part of the country Marge, stuff you need full sun for
> does
> > fine (or better) here in part shade. I have one rosemary growing on
> the
> > South side of the house in dappled shade (under a 150 year old
> pecan
> > tree) and it is doing as well as the ones in the herb bed w/ real
> full
> > sun. My cannas along the tree line - dappled shade all day - grow
> and
> > bloom as well as the ones in full sun. One Texas gardener said -
> full
> > sun in Virginia is not the same as full sun in Texas. And the sun
> in SC
> > must be pretty intense as well, and she is in zone 8B, half a zone
> > warmer than I am (8A). Just a thought. And I think the name
> rosemary
> > come from ros marius or some such in Latin meaning dew of the sea.
> > Andrea has the coastal/salt problem which should be second nature
> if you
> > will for any rosemary plant - upright or creeping. I could be wrong
> of
> > course. Your suggestions were AWESOME as always. Wow.
> > 
> > 
> > Pam
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