Articles on Alpines forum: Article on Saponaria (Soapwort)

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 7:53 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Here is a link to an article on Saponaria I wrote on Dave's garden in 2009

http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2225/

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
The previous picture is the popular Saponaria ocymoides but this picture is the less common hybrid called 'Olivana'

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Imagerannveig
Mar 11, 2010 7:17 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Great article Todd!

I'm surprised to read that S. ocymoides is rated that hardy ..... it's kind of tender here. I need to keep back-ups in the coldframe.
Imagevalleylynn
Jun 6, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I will have to try tracking a few of these down and adding them to my garden. Thanks for the informative article Todd.
altagardener
Jan 28, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Saponaria ocymoides is seeding around and almost getting to "weed" status in my yard, in spite of zone 3 cold and dry conditions, and clay soil (it doesn't need to be grown in sharp drainage at all here). I started pulling them out this year but will probably have to get serious about it next year.
altagardener
Imagevalleylynn
Jan 30, 2012 7:07 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Altagardener, where do you live?
altagardener
Feb 4, 2012 11:47 PM CST
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As I mentioned, it's zone 3 and a normal winter here has only patchy snow cover, though the last 3 before this one had unusually consistent snow cover... seems to be back to "normal" this winter. The low precipitation level here (~40 cm annual precipitation, with much of the snow melt running off while the ground is still frozen) allows many "alpines" to be grown in regular soil. That said, by all means, anyone interested in Saponaria ocymoides should try it themselves - it's the only way to know for sure how it will act.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 5, 2012 9:15 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I will definitely give it a try. Thank you for the information.

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