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sandyz3girlz

Charlotte
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Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:09 pm   Post subject: Zone 7-8 Winter Hardy Plants


I live right smack in the middle of zones 7 & 8 - we have only lived here 1 year (lived in SW Florida my whole life) so I am trying to learn what snow and ice does to flowers you spend hours planting!!! Very Happy Last winter the only thing that survived the winter here (1 snow, couple ice storms) were Pansies - does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I could plant with them? Like I said earlier, I am a Florida girl - use to bright beautiful colors - the pansies are great and at least gave me some color through winter but I would really like some other things as well if there are any!!! Thanks so much for any suggestions!!!




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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:45 pm   


Hi Sandy,
I'm a native Floridian too,
but I've been living and gardening in zone 8 N.C. for the last 20 yrs.
When the fall and winter comes, I would NOT want to be without Camellias!

The fall-blooming Sasanquas will begin to flower in mid-October
and put on a great show for about 4-6 weeks, often still flowering well past Thanksgiving.



I also love the "Encore" Azaleas which bloom in the spring,
but ALSO bloom again in the fall.

This picture was taken in Mid-November,
My largest Camellia sasanqua (more than 30 feet across)
with "Encore" Azaleas flowering beneath.



Then the showier Japonicas will begin to open sometime in late Feb.
continuing for several months, depending on the variety.



That leaves me with a shorter "low-flower" span of time
Rolling Eyes which I can just about manage to live through,
with the help of pansies, snapdragons, potted Amaryllis
Mr. Green and my precious glasshouse.

Oh, and the Camellias are beautiful evergreen shrubs, which helps, too.

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sandyz3girlz

Charlotte
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Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:49 pm   


ZUZU - Wow!!! Thanks for all that! I just printed that out and will begin my hunt for some of these this weekend!! Thanks again!!! WOOO HOOO!!!

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zuzu's petals

Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
Posts: 2436
Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:56 pm   


You're very welcome Mr. Green -
I'm sure that you'll get some other wonderful ideas from the great gardeners here.
I'll be watching this thread for more ideas as well, because like you,
just the thought of a day without flowers gives me the heebie-jeebies!!

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stratsmom

Southern Oregon
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Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:00 pm   


What a show off!! Laughing Those are gorgeous!! Poor little old me, out here in Southern Oregon will not see a flower for MONTHS as soon as the bad weather hits. It even gets too cold for pansys and mums. Not much grows under the snow Rolling Eyes But, we always have Amaryllis and my geraniums that I bring into my office windows.
Deanna
Very Happy

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