I. setosa does best for me in undrained 1/2 wine barrels. They
are undrained so they retain water well (and are only suited for
plants that really like moisture). Afternoon shade seems helpful.
The native soil here is clay that cracks badly in the summer unless
well watered. The barrels provide a better habitat for setosas.
Of course, you need a garden to which you are willing to add
Concord, CA USA
USDA Zone 9, Sunset Zone 14
am in Kansas. In a normal summer here things just bakes in August. The
ground here makes huge cracks you can break a leg in where it is not watered
and smaller ones where it is watered. Very few things survive without
any water. Bearded Iris do and some daylilies. Peonies have always been
a favorite in this area along with trumpet vine and bittersweet. Indian
Paintbrush and devils horn esclespias are natives and thrive here.
All other full sun plants in my garden require watering just to stay alive
and moisture lovers sometimes cook. I am just afraid to try them.Wendy
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