2014 South Dakota Master Gardeners Standout Plants

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Kim Marie Weimer of Pennington County Master Gardeners is a fan of water-wise ‘Sunset Hyssop’ Agastache, a late season bloomer that is tolerant of many soil conditions. Thanks to her for her photo.

Season Standout Flowers and Vegetables

 South Dakota Master Gardeners met in Yankton in September for their annual update and were asked to share about their outstanding flower or vegetable from this past season or maybe share a tip. Here are their edited responses.

  • Heirloom gladiolus. Sue W. White of Northern Hills Master Gardeners said that she had great fun with her heirloom glads this year, including Green Lace (1961), Starface (1960), Atom (1946), callianthus Abyssian Glad (1888) and G. nanus Elvira (1956). She enjoyed their grace and beauty so much that she plans to send for more varieties next spring (Oldhousegardens.com). She also enjoys their history. The Abyssinian glad is a rare fragrant one, and its shape is different than most. It was discovered and collected from the mountains of Ethiopia in 1844, reaching America by 1888.  
  • ‘Lucious Berry Blend’ Lantana (Proven Winner). Arlene Bramdt-Jenson of Couteau Prairie Master Gardeners in Watertown area said that they are gorgeous red/orange/yellow flowers that are long blooming, have a nice shape, and if they wilt they bounce back after watering.
  • Onion plants from Dixon Dale Farms, according to Mel Glover of Pennington County Master Gardeners in the Rapid City area.
  • Sheila Hillberry of Pennington County Master Gardeners said that she got one plant as a gift and it did well and produced three artichokes and is still going after a frost. Next time I will plant several and will not cage them. Plants get big.
  • ‘Georgia Jet’ Sweet Potatoes. Joe Hillberry of Pennington County Master Gardeners of the Rapid City area said that nothing tastes better than fresh sweet potatoes.
  • ‘Sugar Snax’ Carrots. Kris Rausch of Prairie Potters in Gettysburg said that these carrots are long (15’- 24”), slim, and very flavorful. She grows them in a raised bed.
  • Roses. Tamra Glover of Pennington County Master Gardeners of Rapid City said that her roses have been gorgeous because they had rain and the weather has been a bit cooler. Great vegetables. Leeks, corn, and peppers have been wonderful, but tomatoes not so much.
  • Blue Fountain Delphinium. Jean Koupal of Missouri Valley Master Gardeners of the Yankton area said that this bold colored flower blooms all summer. In fact, it is now October and it is still blooming! These beautiful blooms add a touch of grace to her garden and make a wonderful bouquet of cut flowers that last up to seven days in a vase.
  • Yellow wax beans. Jean Koupal of Missouri Valley Master Gardeners of the Yankton area said that they are delectable buttery flavor and great for freezing.
  • Wave Purple or Lavender Petunia. Rick Koupal of Missouri Valley Master Gardeners of the Yankton area said that the spectacular low-growing, spreading habit makes this flower an award-winning series for our flower planters. They produce masses of flowers all season without having to trim them back.
  • Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumber. Rick Koupal of Missouri Valley Master Gardeners of the Yankton area said that this vigorous plant resists downy and powdery mildew, which contributes to its generous yields over the season. This cucumber is perfect for slicing and is bitter and burp free. The best tip for planting cucumbers is to plant vertically. This year I put up a cattle panel arch and this has dramatically increased our yield because the vines receive better air circulation and more sunlight, and less back bending.
  • Pink Oxheart Heirloom Tomatoes.  Cris Freiwald of GRRO Master Garderners of Milbank said that they have great vigor, size and flavor.
  • Tulips. Bob Puffer of Fall River Master Gardeners said that they come up early in the spring ahead of every other plant and look pretty. His are red. They do well in our mostly dry summers because they come up early. They come from bulbs so they do not need to be replanted each year.
  • Verbena. Donna Adrian of South Central Master Gardeners of the Long Valley, Norris, Murdo, Draper, Winner, Rosebud, and Mission area said that it bloomed all summer, rooted down as it spread, and is still blooming October 15th.
  • Lantana. Donna Adrian of South Central Master Gardeners of the Long Valley, Norris, Murdo, Draper, Winner, Rosebud, and Mission area said that it has good coloring throughout the season and is very drought tolerant.
  • Spaghetti squash. Diane Sather of the Minnehaha Master Gardeners of the Sioux Falls area said that this vegetable is healthy, can be used in place of pasta, and she has so many recipes that she needs to try.
  • Black Krim heirloom tomatoes. Lyn Steen of Pennington County Master Gardeners of the Rapid City area said that they are exceptionally sweet, hardy, and prolific. They ripened early and gave fruit all season.

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