Sunday, February 13, 2011

Top 5 Cool New Plants

Looking for an excuse to buy more plants? Then you’re in luck! I had the chance to drool over most of these at a special preview in Dallas last fall. Beg your local nurseries to stock them for you. 

Redbud 'The Rising Sun' - a citrus confection

'The Rising Sun’ redbud (Cercis canadensis). Oh my goodness; this small tree stopped me in my tracks. The same gorgeous heart shaped leaves as other varieties, but this time in glowing shades of apricot and orange. Fabulous for smaller gardens or even a large container (maybe in cobalt blue or gloss black) it has a mature height of just 12’, takes full sun without burning, flowers in spring and copes with a wide range of soil, water and gardeners! Hardy to zone 5 (-10 to -20’ F).

'Snow-N-Summer' Asiatic Jasmine - handsome foliage
and fragrant white flowers (albeit somewhat hidden)

‘Snow-N-Summer' Asiatic jasmine (Trachelospernum asiaticum ‘HOSNS’) can climb, sprawl or mound. It forms a colorful evergreen highlight in the landscape with striking pink and white splashed leaves. Wouldn’t this be fabulous in containers? It can be sheared or pruned if needed which in fact stimulates more of the colorful new growth. Drought tolerant and happiest in part sun to bright dappled shade. Hardy to zone 7a (0-10’ F). Available from nurseries selling Monrovia plants. Most online sources seem to be sold out!

Stunning foliage on this 'Crimson fans' Mukdenia
Red-Leafed Mukdenia (Mukdenia rossii ‘Crimson Fans’ Karasuba’) is a sensational hardy foliage plant now available from Monrovia as part of their Dan Hinkley collection. A native of Korea, this perennial has leathery leaves emerging in spring in shades of bronze and green which gradually change to red fiery. With panicles of white flowers on 1’ stems it will elicit quite a few ‘oohs and aahs’ in sunny, moist gardens.

A small bush with a big personality
- 'Little Lime' hydrangea

‘Little Lime' Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata). New for 2011 from Proven Winners this is a shrub that lives big for its size. A dwarf version of 'Limelight' but at just 3-4' tall it will fit nicely into smaller gardens. 'Little Lime' boasts 8" diameter mophead blooms in a soft lime-green which gradually fade to pink. Zones 3-8

A cottage garden favorite with a new look -
'Absolutely Amethyst' candytuft.
Photo courtesy Proven Winners

'Absolutely Amethyst' candytuft (Iberis domestica) is a new introduction from Proven Winners this year. A pleasant change from the classic white candytuft, 'Absolutely Amethyst' forms an attractive lavender carpet in spring. Drought tolerant once established and needs well drained soil in full sun. Zones 3-9

I hear a plant stampede…


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