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Episode 79: Listener Q & A


Asking listeners to submit questions for our annual Q&A episode is a bit like sending out party invitations (pre-COVID) and hoping someone will show up. Fortunately, not only did you show up, but you brought snacks and drinks with you! We received an overwhelming number of questions for this episode that we couldn’t answer all of them. But we picked a handful to get the best out of ourselves. We cover evergreen percentages, garden design tips, and why your water may be killing your houseplant. Even our loyal buddy Peter stepped in and had a few questions of his own. Whether you’ve sent us a question that we couldn’t answer or that we didn’t ask at all, hopefully you’ll get a glimpse of our answers. Or at least let yourself be amused by our best attempt at providing advice! We like to think of ourselves as the garden equivalent of Dear Abby, but unfortunately not.

Listener Audio Question: Elizabeth Haller, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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)

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

Interesting yearbook: honey herb (Cerinthe major 'Pupurescens', annually)Interesting yearbook: honey herb (Cerinthe major ‘Pupurescens’, annually)

Interesting yearbook: shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, annual)Interesting yearbook: shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea, annual)

Interesting Yearbook: Five Positions (Nemophila maculata, annually)Interesting Yearbook: Five Positions (Nemophila maculata, annually)

Ideal for the back of the border: 'Lemon Queen' perennial sunflower (Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', zones 4-9)Ideal 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: Daylily 'Herbstminarett' (Hemerocallis 'Herbstminarett', Zones 3-9)Another great option for the back of the border: Daylily ‘Herbstminarett’ (Hemerocallis ‘Herbstminarett’, 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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