Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 79: Listener Q & A

You asked—we answered!

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

Asking listeners to submit questions for our annual Q & A episode is a bit like sending out party invitations (pre-COVID) and hoping that someone shows up. Thankfully, you guys not only showed up, but you brought snacks and drinks too! We got an overwhelming number of questions submitted for this episode, so we weren’t able to answer them all. But we did pick out a handful to tackle to the best of our ability. We cover evergreen percentages, garden design tips, and why your water may be killing your houseplant. Even our faithful sidekick Peter got in on the action and had a few questions of his own. Whether you sent us a question that we didn’t get a chance to answer or didn’t ask a question at all, hopefully you’ll glean some insight from our answers—or at least be amused by our best attempt to offer advice! We like to think of ourselves as the garden equivalent of Dear Abby, but sadly we’re not.

Listener audio question: Elizabeth Haller, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

 

Screenshot of University of Missouri plant finder website
University of Minnesota plant finder website

 

A landscape with 50% (or more) evergreens
A landscape with 50% (or more) evergreens

 

Dwarf conifer ‘Snow’ false cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Snow’, Zones 4–8)

 

'Red Alert' cape primrose (Streptocarpus 'Red Alert', Zones 9-11)
‘Red Alert’ cape primrose (Streptocarpus ‘Red Alert’, Zones 9–11)

 

Interesting annual: Honeywort (Cerinthe major ‘Pupurescens’, annual)
Interesting annual: Honeywort (Cerinthe major ‘Pupurescens’)

 

Interesting annual: Shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, annual)
Interesting annual: Shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea)

 

Interesting annual: Five spot (Nemophila maculata, annual)
Interesting annual: Five spot (Nemophila maculata)

 

Great for the back of the border: ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Zones 4-9)
Great for the back of the border: ‘Lemon Queen’ perennial sunflower (Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Zones 4–9)

 

Another great option for the back of the border: ‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’, Zones 3-9)
Another great option for the back of the border: ‘Autumn Minaret’ daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’, Zones 3–9)

 

Get winter interest from ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ pine (Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’, Zones 2-7)
Get winter interest from ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’ pine (Pinus mugo ‘Carsten’s Wintergold’, Zones 2–7)
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  1. Londonsss 01/26/2021

    It is very interesting

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