11 - Summer 2005
a similar vein as the ''Heuchera Rainbow'' featured last year,
is the ''Cone Crazy'' TM article in this issue, which covers the
recent breeding developments with Echinacea, pointing again to
the seemingly endless stream of new perennials that are available.
Unfortunately, in everyone's rush to have ''what's new'', some
of the more important and professional aspects of our industry
have been lost. Most will recall the Coreopsis
'Limerock Ruby' fiasco of a couple years back. Although
not a hardiness issue, an almost similar situation has occurred
with Echinacea 'Art's
Pride' ORANGE MEADOWBRITETM, in which tissue culture production
produced a different coloured plant unbeknownst to all. This other
plant has been officially released as 'CBG
Cone 3' MANGO MEADOWBRITETM, and will probably prove to be
an interesting new Echinacea. The result though of this little
mix-up is that growers and retailers cannot be 100% sure (at least
at this point) of what they have - there is a chance that some
plants labelled as one will be the other and vice-versa. In any
case, both are exciting new perennials - I would only suggest
if you are particular in knowing for sure which one you are getting,
buy only plants that are in flower.
Plantsman Tony Avent (www.plantdelights.com)
was once again kind enough to permit us to reprint one of his
fabulous articles. This one, ''Running Hot and Cold - The Issue
of Plant Hardiness'' speaks wisely to a subject that is near and
dear to anyone's heart who gardens with at least a few perennials.
This issue comes more to the fore, as we grapple as gardeners
and citizens, with issues such as climate change. In any case,
the variables affecting a plant's ability to survive any given
winter are just too many to simply assign each plant and location
a hardiness zone, and expect it to work all the time. Hardiness
zones are, as we've said in earlier issues of this magazine, best
used as a general guideline only. All the best to you in your
garden and plant explorations this summer, and here's to dirt
under your nails!
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