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Comment by Brenda Bartz on February 16, 2012 at 10:04pm

Hi, Buddleia - that's it, could not think of it. Love them too. Got a catalog today and on the cover is a new lilac, z3-7, by Proven Winners called Bloomerang, Springa x 'Penda' - says highly fragrant, blooms all summer, smaller foilage, and resists mildew, fun sun, 4-5 ft. Sounds like a winner to me, might have to try to make room for it.

I tried a "hardy" banana here 2 yrs ago, did well for the summer, 3 ft of mulch for winter, but winter won that one and I lost. I did make concrete castings from 2 of the leaves though, so gone, but not completely.

Comment by Starr Hillhouse on February 16, 2012 at 5:52pm

Thanks Brenda, Kristine and Cramer, I'm going to hunt down those lilac bushes this year for sure. I miss my lilacs I had in Connecticut. I love pansy's too and noticed we have more days in the year to enjoy them than up north.

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 16, 2012 at 4:08pm

Brenda, the Butterfly Bush (buddleia) comes in many different "flavors" there are many breeders of this one for sure!  The "other" lilac, to which I think she is referring, is probably syringa patula and one variety is 'Miss Kim'.  It is a true lilac, is shorter than the ones many people from from lower zones are familiar with.  It has been proven not to need the colder winters they experience up north.  Back to butterfly bushes, don't be surprised if there is a way hardier one coming our way!  They come back year after year here in NC without fail, there is so much breeding going on they MUST be thinking of a way for northern zones to flock to the garden centers to buy them!

Comment by Kristine Lanning on February 16, 2012 at 3:44pm

I also have some dwarf lilacs - the blooms are very pretty and nearly as fragrant as their northen cousins. They like to be watered deeply and often. If you see a couple of leaves curling you may not get great blooms the next summer.


NC does great with several variety of palms at the coast and piedmont, but not moutains.


We are also noted as having the most variety of natural plants compared to any other state. Some are just amazing - rhoderdenrens in the mts and native hybiscus in the piedmont with gorgeous flowers 8 " across! My backyard is small with a patio between the house and a 7 foot wall - I can plants subtropical plants, such as bananas, and my marigolds and petunias last until a very hard frost. 


LOVE gardening in NC!!!

Comment by Brenda Bartz on February 16, 2012 at 2:48pm

Could that other bush be a Butterfly Bush? We grow it as an annual here, but if we are lucky it survives a winter or two. They also call it a "summer lilac" here.  I think the really dark purpe one is called Purple Knight.

Comment by Starr Hillhouse on February 15, 2012 at 11:08pm

Oh thanks Brenda but you don't have to do that, I'm going up to Connecticut this June and will be able to see the lilacs, also I heard you can get another variety of lilac down here that does not need the cold winters. I have not found it yet. but for now I'm enjoying the crepe myrtle...

Comment by Brenda Bartz on February 15, 2012 at 10:10pm

Cramer - That palm by your door sounds interesting, I will have to look it up. It does sound like I will enjoy visiting there! I tried a crepe myrtle here by bringing it into the garage without success unfortunately, maybe I should try the basement. Thank you again. Brenda

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 15, 2012 at 5:45pm

Last frost date Apr 15 more or less depending on the year of course.  Long annual season for sure!  I don't know what you mean about greenhouses to shop at but there are very many places around here to plant shop to your heart's delight.Tulips usually don't come back and you treat them as plant and pluck.  There are not enough chilling degree days to make them come back year after year like you are probably used to.  Many daffs do quite well here though.  And there are crape myrtles GALORE down here.  In short, you are going to like the conditions here Brenda!

Comment by Cramer NC Zn7 on February 15, 2012 at 5:37pm

I forgot to mention the one that grows just to the right of my front door, it is a sabal causarium aka. the Puerto Rican Hat Palm given to me by a neighbor for housing some of his juveniles in a cold frame a few years back.

Comment by Brenda Bartz on February 15, 2012 at 3:10pm

Thanks everyone for sharing all your info. She is just finishing up her application for law school there, so time will tell - quickly. Hoping she can transfer from Kohl's in Houston to 1 of the Kohl's stores there jobwise as she did from Wis to Houston - 1 less headache.

What is the time of your growing season for annuals? Do you have greenhouses to shop at (did not find many in Houston)? Do you have tulips and daffodils in the spring? I remember the crepe myrtles from VA and just love them. Starr - I could dry some lilacs and then send them to you if you like?  Any koi ponds and shops? My growing season is basically Memorial weekend to Oct if we don't get late snow or frost in the spring or early snow/frost in the fall. I tend to push it and buy my annuals the Friday before Mother's Day when are greenhouses are busting to the seams, but I have to cover them at night usually until Memorial weekend. I try to start stuff from seed, but with visting my daughter in the later winter and now this year moving her, I won't be able to water them, so won't be doing that this year again. Cannot wait to get there and see all the great plants. Thanks again. Brenda


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