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Kim’s a Want It Now (WIN): Everything pretty, everything now. She will resort to full-spectrum insecticides in desperate situations, and believes it’s her duty and right to buy new plants every weekend.
Both advocate Plant Choice (SOMEthing besides crotons. Please!), lots of color and low maintenance. We don’t agree on everything, but we’re smart enough to learn from each other - and from you.
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Posted Jan 20, 2010 by Kim Franke-Folstad
Updated Jan 20, 2010 at 05:19 PM
It seems as though every day another plant in my yard starts looking bad instead of better, thanks to our recent frigid temps.
But because we keep running across people who are interested in the stuff that made it through the cold without too much damage, I thought I’d offer up my list of wintertime winners:
Powder puff plant (not shown) – I have a big one of these in a pot that has now weathered two winters without a bit of trouble. Never covered it (forgot last year, and knew I didn’t have to this year). I love it so much, I was telling strangers at a USF plant sale to buy it last year! And I bought another one myself. It, too, is in a pot, and did just fine.
Bleeding heart vine – I have three of these. The red/pink combination (potted) had a little damage, but I trimmed that away (yes, already) and it looks good as new. The white/red one (planted in the ground) didn’t do nearly so well. Don’t know what the difference might be – both were in nice, protected spots, although the red/pink one gets more morning sun, so maybe it warmed up faster every day.
Violas – They just don’t seem to mind the cold. We all had good luck with violas, right?
Pink fringe flower – This one still had some flowers on it days after the freeze. I covered it, and it did much better than I expected.
Pandora vine (not shown) – My Pandora vine got covered if there were sheets left over when I was done with plants I was more worried about. It didn’t seem to mind. It doesn’t have a bit of damage.
Lobelia – Another cold lover. I draped a pillow case over these at the last minute. The mandevilla vine in this pot looks so sad, but the lobelia are blooming and happy.
Bottle brush tree – I thought this tree would be delicate, but I couldn’t figure out how to cover it. Still, not a single leaf turned brown. I’m definitely getting another. (Just don’t look at the poor rubber tree behind it.)
Orange bulbine – I meant to get more of this one because it held up so well in the drought. Now I’m determined to plant it everywhere in the yard.
Pinwheel jasmine – Both my pinwheel jasmine and the Confederate jasmine did great.
Citrus trees – All of my citrus trees pulled through. The Meyer lemon looks the worst, but not too bad. The orange tree is untouched.
Purple fan or fairy fanflower – This purplish-blue creeping beauty is in pots on my deck – planted along with yellow buttercup. The buttercup took a hit, but the purple fan is still green and blooming. Yay!
Bromeliads – I only have three, but I didn’t cover them, and they look the same as always. Which isn’t great, mind you, but not bad compared to all the brown in the yard.