University of Vermont Extension
Department of Plant and Soil Science
REVIEW FOR 2010
Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension
University of Vermont
While thinking back this month on
news and events from this past year, recall some of our top gardening
on new plants and their culture, including annuals, perennials, woody
ornamentals, and vegetables.
last year we described several of the newest introductions from seeds,
in the All-America Selections program. 'Mesa
Yellow' is a compact (a foot or less tall), yellow blanket flower which
overwintered for me in USDA zone 4a.
'Twinny Peach' is a snapdragon with butterfly, double peach flowers-- a
snapdragon without flowers that go snap when pinched. 'Endurio
Blue Martien' is the latest
viola winner, flowers under an inch across and a sky blue.
Starlight Rose' is a new zinnia,
about a foot tall, that stands out with its white flowers and
There were four additional
All-America winning flowers released this year you might look for in
catalogs or seed racks. Two additional
zinnias, ‘Double Zahara Cherry’ and ‘Double Zahara
Fire’, have cherry
reddish orange flowers, respectively.
Similar to others in this series, they are a foot or less tall,
flower through the summer, and have good disease resistance.
‘Moonsong Deep Orange’, was a
winning African marigold, only about
a foot high with large flowers.
Coneflower ‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’ is a perennial
coneflower, blooming the first year from seed if started
in late January.
‘Shiny Boy’ watermelon was the All-America
winning vegetable for this past year, having red flesh in fruit up to
pounds. Squash was the vegetable
featured by the National Garden Bureau for 2010, including 6
summer squash, and 7 types
of winter squash.
The dozen easy-to-grow vegetables
included tomato, peppers, and root crops such as carrots.
Considerations for having a successful
vegetable garden included those relating to the site (generally full
varieties (especially adapted to length of growing season, and of
you like to eat), where they will go (pay attention to spacing and
then when to plant (determine whether a crop is cool season or warm
planting or sowing the latter outside after the last spring frost).
Three perennials featured in
articles this past year were the Perennial Plant of the
indigo (Baptisia)—as well as speedwells (Veronica)
Culver’s root (Veronicastrum). While both the latter
flowers, generally blue for speedwells and lavender for Culver’s
former are only a foot or two high at most and the latter are often 4
to 5 feet
high. There are variations in colors of
the false indigo, besides the standard indigo blue, including yellows,
and purplish to reddish shades.
Woody ornamentals featured in
2010 included lilacs and their culture.
Lilac specialists have grouped the over two dozen species and hundreds
of cultivars into 7 flower colors: white, violet, blue, lilac, pink,
magenta, purple. For each of these there are singles and
doubles. In addition there is the single
yellow 'Primrose', and the bicolor 'Sensation'.
Check out the many other articles
on plants and gardening (perrysperennials.info/articles).