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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Clematis in the rain..

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

First bloom on the Passion Flower Vine..

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Another view

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Allium..

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Iris

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Iris..

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Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

One of my three varieties of cold hardy bottlebrush. This cultivar has the fattest leaf, but I don't know its' name.

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

I like that! I need to get some bottlebrush!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Iris, I bought a lot of bottlebrush since my return to SC 5 years ago. Most of them turned out not to be cold hardy. I bought the bottlebrush you commented on at Simpson's Ace hardware here in town, and it's very cold hardy. Unfortunately, the garden manager didn't know the cultivar name, and the tag was only labeled "bottlebrush". She told me it came from a grower in Georgia who told her it was cold hardy to 5 degrees. This is a pic of another cold hardy bottlebrush that first blooms in April and again in late summer. The leaves are thinner, and the blooms are also a little different in size. I have yet another cold hardy variety that hasn't bloomed yet. It's leaves are very thin and the flowers aren't as showy. I noticed it being grown in a highway median in Bishopville, SC.

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

donnacreation, Thanks for the update and info! Do they spread alot? ...Nice picture!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Hi Iris, I think the 2 bottlebrushes you commented on can be trained to grow into small trees. My oldest (2nd pic posted) was planted in Sept 08, so it survived winter 09 with very little root system. I bought and planted several of the other variety back in Feb. I plopped them in the ground and they were unfazed by temps in low 20's w/heavy frost - very cold hardy. I just passed a home today with two large bushes in yard - about 4' tall x 6' wide. The third variety(see pic) has only produced one bloom so far. As I posted earlier, it's leaves are very thin and it's flowers aren't as showy. It's growth habit is bushy - so much so that I have gathered the branches and tied with twine so when it does bloom, the effect will be more dramatic.

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Sorry. forgot the pic.

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

I'm hoping to go to the nurserys within the next two weekends and I'm going to see if they have some, Thanks for the info and the photo! ..Must look really great in bush form!

Sumter, SC(Zone 8a)

Don't buy Monrovia's dwarf bottlebrush. I've lost several to cold over the past 5 years, even though they're supposed to be cold hardy to zone 8. There's also a cold hardy yellow BB that I'd love to buy, but I've never seen it marketed here. Good luck!

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Thanks for the update! And I will look for the yellow while i'm there.

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