The Garden Guy

By Norman Winter | Horticulturist, Author, Speaker

The Garden Guy would like to officially declare 2022, ‘Encore Year of the Hardy Hibiscus.’ I do not know how the National Garden Bureau judges the success of any particular year’s celebration, but I am feeling Summerific French Vanilla helped Old Norm hit it out of the park in 2021.

One of my best friends from Louisiana had been visiting southern trial locations and excitedly sent me a photo of Summerific French Vanilla from Mississippi State University’s trials at the Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in Crystal Springs. Though French Vanilla made its debut in 2021, I was lucky enough to get one. Those first blooms showed me why he was so excited.

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