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heat zones/rock rose

I've never paid much attn to heat zones living in Zone 5/6, heat zone 5,
but I can see where it would make a difference to you.  Just noticed
Hamilton Books is carrying Cathey's "Heat Zone Gardening" for only $10.
(sug retail: $25)  I may look into it.

You mentioned using more xeriscape plants.  I don't know if Helianthemum
(Rock Rose) qualifies, but High Country carries it and it's a darling
bright plant.  I got 3 last year for $1.50 ea qt.  Just put on leaves last
year, but this year they are covered with flowers.  I want more.  HC
carries 4 H. nummalaria cultivars ea at $4.50.  But Green Mtn has H.
mutabile (which is what I have) at 55 cents each, so I may think about
getting more.


> [Original Message]
> From: Pamela J. Evans <gardenqueen@gbronline.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 5/28/2003 11:58:11 AM
> Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map
> More use needs to be made of the AHS heat zones too.
> While hardiness is a major concern North of the Red River, here it's heat
zones that are more relevant.
> Theresa can grow lots of things in her No. CA zone 8 that I wouldn't
> dare try here. But she doesn't have blast furnace summers either. Here's
> where the heat zones make such a difference. Most stuff is hardy at my
> place except for the really tender tropical stuff and we usually do get
> a couple freezes, but it's not cold that does my plants in - it's heat
> and drought. I guess the smart play is to plant things that are adapted
> or native to your local climate w/ the occasional exotic experiment just
> for fun! I've gone w/ more xeriscape stuff since those last two bad
> droughts we had 4 years or so ago. Just makes sense.
> IMO that is!!
> :-) 

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