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Issue 11
Summer 2005


Running Hot and Cold

Recent Developments
in Echinacea Breeding

The Monochromatic Colour Trend

No-Loss Planting

Epic Plants 2005,
Part 2

Hardy Cyclamen


The Epic Gardener
Issue 11 - Summer 2005

Along 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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