RE: New or Tried and True?
- Subject: RE: New or Tried and True?
- From: "Gene Bush" <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 05:51:33 -0500
Running against the tide here, but I cannot resist a new, latest and
greatest" shade perennial. Love to experiment in my gardens. Part of the
excitement of gardening. Trial and error. I do try to read closely and watch
the hardiness zones. But... but.... yes, I have killed a few perennials in
my time. Some was just me, some was plants that never had a chance, but I am
having a good time playing.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens,LLC
Garden Writer - Photographer - Lecturer
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf
Subject: [CHAT] New or Tried and True?
I was reading a trade article and the interviewee was asked what he thought
some of the new perennials. He replied, " Coreopsis 'Crhme Brulee,' and
'Limerock Ruby': These were hot, hot plants five years ago. Everybody had to
have them. Now, they're like the lepers of the perennial community."
I like that phrase, "the lepers of the perennial community." It fits. The
thing good about some plants, like 'Limerock Ruby', is that they make way
something else to kill.
I've seen so many plants come and go in my previous hort-head life that I
prefer to grow the tried and true. If they're newer plants, I want them
in my climate. I don't care whether a plant does great in Chicago. I want it
tested at UGA. Even though UGA is a bit warmer in winter than my area, and
soil is better, and there are plenty of garden slaves (hort students) to
care of the beds and to weed and water, at least it's humid - with hideously
hot days and many hot nights. If a plant thrives there, it's likely to
in my garden.
What do you think? Are you still wanting plants that are on the cutting
or do you prefer to save the money and the aggravation?
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