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Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 56: Listener Q & A

You asked—we answered!

Video by Danielle Sherry & Steve Aitken, Produced by Cari Delhanty and Edited by Christine Alexander

Since we’ve been at this podcasting game for 2+ years now, we figured it was time we asked you guys—our loyal listeners—what pressing plant questions you have. We got questions about design, Zone 4 recommendations, and one brave listener even wrote in to ask about our favorite PINK plants (yikes!). There were a handful of questions that left us clueless, so we called in a few bona fide experts to help out. After all, if there’s one thing we have figured out through the course of this show, it’s that we don’t know it all—even you, Steve.


Expert testimony #1: Richie Steffen, curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle

Expert testimony #2: Ed Gregan, nurseryman from Bailey Nurseries in St. Paul, Minnesota




‘Lemon Splash’ and ‘Little Angel’ burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Lemon Splash’ and ‘Little Angel’, Zones 4–8)

‘Crested Surf’ Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Crested Surf’, Zones 4–8)

‘Ice Dance’ sedge (Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’, Zones 5–9)

Bobo® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’, Zones 3–8)

Meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum, Zones 4–7)

‘Sun King’ Japanese spikenard (Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’, Zones 4–8)

‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and ‘Beauty Bowl’ peony  (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ and ‘Beauty Bowl’, Zones 3–8)

Low Scape Mound® aronia (Aronia melanocarpa ‘UCONNAM165’, Zones 3–8)

‘Eric Smith’ bergenia (Bergenia ‘Eric Smith’, Zones 5–9)

Oriental swamp pink (Heloniopsis orientalis, Zones 5–8)



‘Shina no tsuki’ fairy bells (Disporum longistylum ‘Shina no tsuki’, Zones 6–9)

‘Beatlemania’ sedge (Carex caryophyllea ‘Beatlemania’, Zones 4–7)

‘Butter and Sugar’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Butter and Sugar’, Zones 3–9)

‘St Joseph’s Broom’ Colorado spruce (Picea pungens ‘St Joseph’s Broom’, Zones 4–8)

Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony (Paeonia ‘Pink Double Dandy’, Zones 4–8)

Shale barrens buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii ‘Little Rascal’, Zones 5–9)


‘Little Angel’ burnet
‘Little Angel’ burnet


‘Beatlemania’ sedge
‘Beatlemania’ sedge


Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony
Keiko™ (Adored) Itoh Peony


Low Scape Mound® aronia
Low Scape Mound® aronia


‘Eric Smith’ bergenia (courtesy of Far Reaches Farm)
‘Eric Smith’ bergenia (courtesy of Far Reaches Farm)


Meadow rue


‘Ice Dance’ sedge
‘Ice Dance’ sedge


‘Crested Surf’ Japanese painted fern (courtesy of Proven Winners® and Walters Gardens)
‘Crested Surf’ Japanese painted fern (courtesy of Proven Winners® and Walters Gardens)
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