Episode 158: Crops That Earn Their Maintain (with Irvin Etienne)


Irvin Etienne is the curator of herbaceous crops and seasonal backyard design at Newfields, a 152-acre campus in Indianapolis with artwork galleries, efficiency areas, world-class public gardens, and a nature park. Irvin has been a frequent contributor to Fantastic Gardening, sharing his horticultural experience via informative articles similar to A Shiny Concept for Spring Containers, Huge and Daring Crops for the Again of the Border, and Convey It In!, a primer on overwintering all types of tropical crops. On this episode he delves into the trail that introduced him to horticulture, the teachings he has realized from many years of gardening in public, and a number of the (many) crops that earn their hold in his residence backyard.

Canna 'Flaming Kabobs'
Canna ‘Flaming Kabobs’

Irvin’s Indiana backyard consists of an intriguing array of tropical crops, similar to ‘Flaming Kabobs’ canna.

 

digging tropical plants
Irvin digging tropical crops

Digging and storing a whole bunch of tender crops in late autumn retains Irvin busy for a lot of weeks, each at work and at residence.

 

planting tropical bulbs

Planting layers of bulbs in plastic nursery pots is a simple approach to plan forward for a spectacular spring show.

 

garden in Indianapolis

Irvin’s Indianapolis backyard didn’t precisely mix into the encircling neighborhood.

 

tropical plant garden in Indianapolis

One other view from the Indianapolis backyard

 

Canna 'Pretoria'
Canna ‘Pretoria’

Transferring to the nation has allowed Irvin to develop much more of the crops he loves, similar to ‘Pretoria’ canna.

 

‘Holy Grail’ hardy hibiscus
‘Holy Grail’ hardy hibiscus

‘Holy Grail’ hardy hibiscus pairs smoky darkish foliage with smoldering purple blooms.

 

‘David Howard’ dahlia
‘David Howard’ dahlia

Crops like ‘David Howard’ dahlia with darkish foliage hold the backyard fascinating, even when not in bloom.

 

‘Day Dream’ canna
‘Day Dream’ canna

‘Day Dream’ canna is one other dark-leaved magnificence.

 

‘Ehemanii’ canna
‘Ehemanii’ canna

 

‘Phaison’ canna
‘Phaison’ canna

 

‘Tama-Tulipa’ canna
‘Tama-Tulipa’ canna

 

Hardy tapioca
Hardy tapioca

 

Pictures: Irvin Etienne and Carol Collins

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