Zionsville Times Sentinel

Local News

February 12, 2014

Selecting new plants for the garden and landscape

(Continued)

For annual plants, things become more complicated. As annuals only need to survive for one growing season, hardiness zones are usually not considered. Instead, we should look at issues such as soil temperature required for germination and response to warm, humid days or cool nights, both of which we are likely to see. I will use one of the AAS 2013 winners, Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’, as an example to work from. Included in the description is: “Like all Profusion, ‘Double Hot Cherry’ is easy to grow as it is self-cleaning, disease resistant and grows well in a wide range of climates, including areas with high night temperatures.” Sounds like it will work here, right?As I read the description of the plant on the AAS site a couple warning signs popped up. The statement of most concern to me is: “The Profusion Double series is highly disease tolerant, but cool temperatures (below 60°F/15°C) induce disease problems; especially under wet and rainy conditions. Poorly drained soil or overwatering induces root disease.”While summers are usually warm here, several nights in a row when temperatures drop below 60 are common, and this often happens when storm fronts move through, which means rain. Soil drainage is another concern. Most Boone County soils are either poorly, or somewhat poorly, drained. This combination of factors tells me if I’m going to grow this plant I should consider either using a raised bed or planting it in containers, both of which are appropriate for it.A similar type of investigation can be used for all new landscape and garden plants.

The fact that a plant has been selected as an AAS winner is not a guarantee that it will be successful in your landscape or garden. However these plants have proven themselves worthy over a broad range of growing conditions. As with anything new, try a small landscape planting or a few vegetable plants at first to see if this variety does work for you. Keep track of what you learn to share with your friends and neighbors. Above all, have fun.

Curt Emanuel is the Boone County Extension Educator for Ag & Natural Resources and is the County Extension Director.

Text Only
Local News
  • Ford Road bridge to close about Aug. 1 Construction of a detour is nearly complete, and the Ford Road bridge over Eagle Creek will be closed on or about Aug. 1, Boone County Highway Superintendent Rick Carney said Monday, July 21.

    July 23, 2014

  • Library patrons learn about herb gardening There are more than 300 species of thyme, which has antiseptic properties and has had many uses throughout the ages, including rubbing it into the eyes to bring about visions of fairies. "Which I would imagine, if you grind herbs into your eyes, you'd be seeing fairies," quipped Amy Mullen, The Fraudulent Farmgirl blogger and lead designer at Spotts Garden Service in Indianapolis.

    July 23, 2014

  • Zionsville ranked No. 1 safe place in state An analysis by staff at the Movoto Real Estate Blog found that the safest city in Indiana is Zionsville.

    July 23, 2014

  • Whitestown to have commuter bus service Commuter bus service is coming to Whitestown through the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority.

    July 23, 2014

  • Plan Commission recommends approval for downtown study The downtown parking study and market analysis is one approval away from being added to the town's comprehensive plan.

    July 23, 2014

  • Downtown plan outlines strategies, goals The town of Zionsville is about to have another tool to help market and shape the future of the Village. A draft of the downtown Zionsville market study and parking analysis was presented to the working group Tuesday morning, June 24. It outlines several strategies and goals to help make downtown Zionsville more economically viable. The plan comes after the town adopted a strategic plan for the southeast quadrant of Zionsville as well as a comprehensive plan for the town.

    July 16, 2014

  • NWS ZT071614 Miss Boone County pic2 Zionsville local is crowned Miss Boone County Rachel Miller of Zionsville was crowned 2014 Miss Boone County 4-H Fair on Sunday, July 13. The 2013 Miss Boone County, Kate Emmert, was at the Witham Health Services Pavilion on the 4-H Fairgrounds to pass off her crown to Miller.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Work set to begin on summer projects The Zionsville Community Schools Board of Trustees, at it's Monday, July 14, meeting, approved all summer construction projects and purchases for the corporation.

    July 16, 2014

  • NWS ZT071614 house fire.jpg ZFD Knocks Down Fire

    The Zionsville Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 7880 Circle Drive around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday night, July 9.

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • july9a.jpg VIDEO: Fourth of July celebration fills Lions Park

    Residents swarmed into Lions Park for Zionsville's Fourth of July celebration. The event included a watermelon eating contest, food, a kids area with inflatables, music, and of course, fireworks.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

Order Times Sentinel photos


Photos from July 2014

Facebook
Twitter Updates
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide