Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 140: Listener Q & A

It’s that time of year again—the much-anticipated listener question-and-answer episode. Carol and Danielle look forward to this special episode (sometimes TWO episodes) because it allows them to offer real-life advice concerning the plant and garden-design problems that are troubling all of you out there in the podcast universe. This time, we got a slew of great questions via email and social media, and we’re going to do our best to get through as many as possible. The inquiries sought advice on planting under trees and attracting hummingbirds, and asked for info about what garden tasks we’re tackling during the dog days of summer. Tune in to see if we fielded your question, or if someone else’s problem is something you can relate to.

Photos for Danielle’s Questions

Cardinal climber (credit: Seed Savers Exchange)
Cardinal climber. Photo: Seed Savers Exchange

Cardinal climber (Ipomoea × sloteri, annual)

Earlybird™ Red White columbine (credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.)
Earlybird™ Red White columbine. Photo: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Earlybird™ Red White columbine (Aquilegia ‘PAS1258484’, Zones 4–9)

Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea
Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea

Gatsby Gal® oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Brenhill’, Zones 5–9)

‘Perry’s Gold’ Norway spruce
‘Perry’s Gold’ Norway spruce

‘Perry’s Gold’ Norway spruce (Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’, Zones 3–9)

'Stoplights' epimedium (credit: Plant Delights Nursery)
‘Stoplights’ epimedium. Photo: Plant Delights Nursery

‘Stoplights’ epimedium (Epimedium ‘Stoplights’, Zones 4–9)

'Spanish Flare' hellebore
‘Spanish Flare’ hellebore

‘Spanish Flare’ hellebore (Helleborus ‘Spanish Flare’, Zones 4–9)

Problem spot that Danielle needs to remove Shasta daisies and replace with variegated plant
Problem spot where Danielle needs to remove Shasta daisies and replace them with a variegated plant

 

Photos for Carol’s Questions

Forest planting in India using the Miyawaki method (credit: BemanHerish via Wikimedia Commons)
Forest planting in India using the Miyawaki method. Photo: BemanHerish via Wikimedia Commons
Miyawaki forest 9 months after planting
Miyawaki forest nine months after planting. (Click here to read an article on the Miyawaki method from the Penn State Extension website.) Photo: BemanHerish via Wikimedia Commons

Northern red oak, a valuable host plant for many moth and butterfly species
Northern red oak (Quercis rubra, Zones 4–8), a valuable host plant for many moth and butterfly species. See these regional plant lists from the Xerxes Society.
Reminiscent® Pink rose
Reminiscent® Pink rose (Rosa × ‘BOZFRA021’, Zones 4–8). (Click here to access FG’s container-gardening project guide.) Photo: courtesy of Proven Winners Color Choice
Deadheaded flowers in Kielian DeWitt’s Montana garden
Deadheaded flowers in Kielian DeWitt’s Montana garden
A recently mulched section of Carol’s garden
A recently mulched section of Carol’s garden
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