“Trying Something New”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
We all like to try something new; maybe something that pushes the limits. Well, I have decided to try out two new things this year to see how well they will do in the garden or even if they will survive.
The first one is Supertunia mini silver. Here, in the Gulf South, we plant petunias in the fall and pull them up in April or May depending on the heat. Even the wave petunias can’t last here with our heat. I have been seeing Proven Winners supertunias, and since the millionbells have survived, I thought I would try and see if these could make it, too. I love the color of the mini silver. It is white with a tinge of a very, very pale pink.
I only bought one plant and put it in a container which is placed in a wire bicycle. I didn’t want to invest in too many of these plants in case they do not last. I would be happy if they could at least last through July. That way if they are planted in February, that would mean six months of enjoyment and worth the time and money to buy more. So far, they are still looking good while the other petunias are slowly starting to succumb to our heat. They say next week we will be flirting with 90 degrees, so it won’t be long before I will see if they will withstand our heat or not.
Since this is supposed to grow in full sun or partial shade according to the plant label, I think I will try growing it where it will get morning sun and protection from afternoon sun. That may help it do better this far south.
With the next plant I am trying out for the first time, it is not the heat, but the cold that I will have to watch out for. I first saw oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea) on a television gardening show and then later at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. It is such a lovely, multicolored plant and will grow in some shade.
Every thing I have read has said this is definitely a tropical plant, but that it can take a light freeze is well protected. This plant is supposed to be hardy only to zone 9. I figured if wax begonias can survive the winter here in zone 8b, than this plant surely could. Because of its cold tenderness, I will probably try and place it in a sheltered location to up the chances of its surviving our occasional freezes. Maybe global warming will help them make it through the winter.
So, it looks like this year I will be trying out these two plants to see if they will preform well in the garden, thereby earning a permanent place in my little plant world. I sure hope they make it and do well.