Duck, I'm guessing he is in Oklahoma. I remember the show where the wind knocked over a tree next to his drive way. Don't watch him like I used to with a work schedule change. But I did enjoy his show.
Paul James keeps me in bed every Sunday morning. There is almost nothing better than waking up slowly with the Gardner Guy from bed. I wish that I had taken notes this morning on the conifers. He had mentioned one that only needed about an hour of sun a day and it would be perfect for my shade garden. I'm always grateful that he usually mentions the zone hardiness since so many things won't make it in zone 4.
marie-I hven't watched him-will have to start taping him, if I get the channel that is!
Did a search on his program-was the shade conifer a hemlock "Jeddeloh" or "Jervis"?
Those were 2 mentioned on his page. I also remember a shade conifer I killed many years ago will try to remember it micro something. It was slow grower with soft, rather than pokey needles.
Stay warm, will be out on snow covered ice streets for appt tomorrow. Hope doc calls and cancels!!
It was definitely a hemlock because he said hot, humid can kill it. It was adorable planted in a small rough-looking pot. He said he was going to move it depending on where the sun hit so he could keep it cool during the worst of the summer.
Did you see the episode with the lady who had a black and chartreuse garden? The black leaved options were really interesting.
The hemlock was most likely Jervis, as it is a tight grower, and perfect for pots or troughs. Jeddeloh is very nice, but is more open and faster growing, more suitable for a rock garden situation.
Marcia, your "micro" would be Microbiota decussata, or Russian Cypress (but not a real cypress). This is one of the few plants where the genus name is often used as the common name. Your description is right on. But I wouldn't call it a slow grower (nor would I call it a fast grower).
Artwestallis you and me both. DH thinks he's ridiculous and I do think he can be a bit outrageous but I think he's just making things fun. I love the info that I've obtained from him on many things. IMHO
I caught it just this past weekend. Told DH he can approach me in a nursery or garden center. He can come to this house. DH said it likely would never happen. No one comes to Waukesha Wisconsin. But boy if he did.