Recommendations for warm season outdoor use
Hello Gesneriad Gang,
Looking for advice on outdoor use...
I discovered Streptocarpus last spring when one nursery here was selling them as annuals (as you can see, I'm a Zone-6'er). Naturally, this was 'Concord Blue', as that is what most of the general greenhouses seem to sell. I was then gratified to learn of other Strepto varieties, and while looking for sources for them, I stumbled into Rob's Violets and browsed their 'Other Gesneriad' section, and alot of those look tremendous!
So, what I'm wondering is, does anyone have recommendations on species that can or -- maybe more importantly CAN'T -- be grown (or won't do well) outdoors in a Pennsylvania summer (in containers or in the ground)? I hope to winter them indoors, although I must confess that my houseplant track record is not so good!
Is there some reason beyond availability that so many people sell 'Concord Blue' and so few sell anything else? (eg, others don't do well outside, take longer to come into bloom, etc)
Also, any sunlight preference info would be helpful. I have one spot in mind with full morning sun, then nearly complete shade; some 'full sun' spots; and some heavy shade spots.
Thanks for any advice!