The list below contains plants new to our production for this year, or those which are being reintroduced into production after being unavailable for several years. These plants were not included in the current year’s catalog.
Kudos™ 'Coral' Hyssop is a hummingbird magnet, with spikes of coral pink for an extended summer bloom period. 'Coral' is one of the Kudos™ series of introductions from Terra Nova Nurseries. The habit is compact with fragrant foliage. Although sufficiently cold hardy to overwinter in the mid Atlantic states, Agastache Kudos™ 'Coral' must have excellent drainage to survive our winters. If not deadheaded, this Agastache can naturalize in well drained sites.
Low Scape® 'Hedger' Black Chokeberry ('UCONNAM166') is a selection of our native Aronia, chosen for its compact upright habit. In mid spring Low Scape® 'Hedger' produces a quantity of showy white racemes held above the lustrous green foliage. During the summer the dense habit makes a good choice for short hedges. In the fall the leaves turn striking shades of orange and red, brightening up the landscape for a prolonged period before dropping. Fruit production is limited, but native pollinators benefit. Developed by Dr. Mark Brand and Dr. Bryan Connolly of U. Conn.
Low Scape® 'Mound' Black Chokeberry ('UCONNAM165') is an unusual Aronia melanocarpa form produced by Drs. Mark Brand and Bryan Connolly of U. Conn. Low Scape® 'Mound' performs as a groundcover instead of an upright shrub, so it works well as an erosion control plant as well as an edger. The green spring foliage is topped by lots of attractive white racemes. The showy flowers are followed by shiny black fruit in late summer, providing important food for wildlife. The fall color is a deep red, persisting for several weeks.
KICKIN™ 'Lavender' ('06-51-1') New England Aster (Symphiotrichum) is a very showy bloomer from August through September. A selection by Kientzler of the Netherlands, this native Aster combines a great quantitiy of lavender daisies with yellow eyes, over a tight compact habit. Aster KICKIN™ 'Lavender' performs best in sites with good air circulation and minimal overhead irrigation.
'Emily Rose' Aucuba is a dark green female selection with superior cold tolerance. The slender lustrous leaves are evergreen , and make a great setting for the large shiny red fruit. The berries color up in mid to late winter, and are retained well into the summer, providing a log lasting show. Any male form planted nearby will provide adequate pollination. Aucuba 'Emily Rose' was an introduction from Hines Nursery of California.
'Frans Fontaine' European Hornbeam is more columnar than Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata', but is equally resilient in urban and suburban conditions. The narrower habit makes Carpinus 'Frans Fontaine' a good candidate for narrower spaces or street tree applications. The fall color of the tidy foliage is a clear yellow, and winter interest is provided by the upright, densely branched form. Since all Carpinus varieties are a fall digging hazard, container production makes the planting season much longer.
Beyond Midnight™ Bluebeard ('CT-9-12') produces abundant deep cobalt blue flowers in late summer to early fall. The foliage is lustrous and disease resistant, growing on a compact habit. Caryopteris Beyond Midnight™ need excellent drainage to thrive, and should not be cut back until spring. The foliage has an attractive minty fragrance, which may be why deer and rabbits leave it alone. A good plant for full sun containers.
Winecraft Black™ Smokebush ('NCCO1') produces deep purple velvety leaves in spring which are topped by dark pink smoke-like inflorescences in June. The contrast between the flowers and foliage is striking. After blooming, Cotinus Winecraft Black™ does not fade as many other purple leaf plants do, retaining its dark purple color until fall, when the leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. All Cotinus benefit from a periodic pruning to promote new growth.
'Fire Dragon' Barrenwort blooms is April and May, with spidery yellow flowers topped with light purple spurs. The semi-evergreen heart-shaped leaves are green with showy bronze margins when newly emerged, aging to green in summer. Epimedium 'Fire Dragon' comes from Robin White in England, and has great promise as a slow spreading groundcover for dry shade.
'Pink Champagne' Barrenwort blooms heavily in April, producing many long graceful panicles covered with delicate hovering blooms. The spurs are long and white, surrounding deep pink cups. The molted evergreen foliage continues the show after the bloom period with dark purple splotches decorating the fine green leaves. Another striking contribution from the prolific breeding work of Darrell Probost. Like all Epimediums, this makes an excellent long lived groundcover for dry shade.
'Red Jewel' Sneezeweed blooms for an extended time, from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are interesting flat reddish orange daisies with rounded chocolate center "buttons". The blooms attract a number of pollinators, and songbirds enjoy the seeds in the fall. Helenium x 'Red Jewel' is an excellent native perennial in combination with grasses and other late blooming perennials. Introduced by Bob Brown.
White Swamp Hibiscus is similar to the Hibiscus coccineus in flower and foliage but the large summer flowers are pure white. Hibiscus coccineus 'Alba' flourishes in moist to wet sites, so it is an excellent addition to sunny rain gardens and bioswales. Since the petals are separated rather than overlapping, the white Swamp Mallow is more wild or natural looking than the hybrid Hibiscus.
Fleming's Crown Jewels™ Common Mallow has beautiful ruffled white flowers with showy red centers, displayed over burgundy maple shaped foliage. Hibiscus Fleming's Crown Jewel™ is similar to their earlier introduction 'Kopper King' but has the advantage of being much more compact without sacrificing flower size of foliage beauty. This makes it an excellent candidate for mid border displays, as well as in mixed summer containers.
'Perfect Storm' Common Mallow is another beautiful Hibiscus coming from Walters Gardens of Michigan. The maple leaf shaped leaves emerge in late spring in stunning shades of purple and mahogany. The enormous white and pink flowers appear in August, made more showy by their large burgundy eyes. Hibiscus 'Perfect Storm' blooms well into fall, finally quitting when we get our first frost. With its shorter stature than H. 'Kopper King', 'Perfect Storm' can be used is smaller spaces.
'Hemstitched' Bearded Iris produces large showy flowers in both late spring and fall. The blooms are white with purple ruffled borders, and white with wider borders on the standards. The combination is striking from both close up and farther away because of the tall flower spikes. Iris germanica 'Hemstitched' has the added delight of fragrant flowers.
'Lenora Pearl' Bearded Iris is a pink Iris germanica that reblooms, producing a quantity of soft pink flowers in June and September. The stature is somewhat shorter than many German Iris, so 'Lenora Pearl' can be planted in the front of perennial borders. The clear pink flowers are set off by a bright tangerine beard. All German Irises prefer good drainage, and are easily divided in late summer or early fall.
'White Flounces' Oyama Magnolia produces beautiful double flowers with showy pink stamens. The flowers face downward so Magnolia 'White Flounces' should be placed where people can walk under the canopy. An introduction by Harry Heineman of Massachusetts, with a flatter flower.
'Kikuzaki' Star Magnolia is a very early blooming Magnolia Stellata, producing white blooms of 30 to 40 tepals. The buds are a soft blush pink, which sometimes carries over to the color of the open flowers. The habit is compact and shrubby, making Magnolia 'Kikuzaki' a good choice for smaller spaces. This stellata starts blooming at a very young age, and exhibits good cold tolerance (although all early blooming Magnolias are subject to early frost damage).
'Silversmith' Sweetbay Magnolia comes from the late great Magnolia breeder Bill Smith. This very rare Magnolia virginiana has an upright narrow habit with leaves which are also upright. The undersides are silver, so the foliage shimmers when moved by the wind. The combination of this quality with Bill Smith's last name is what made this introduction Magnolia 'Silversmith'. A good choice for a narrow site.
'Cleopatra' Magnolia is a beautiful introduction from New Zealand. The 7" flowers are a complex mix of reddish purple opening to pink in April, with a goblet shape which is similar to Magnolia x 'Genie'. The great Magnolia hybridizer Vance Hooper crossed 'Black Tulip' with 'Sweet Simplicity' to get this compact, reblooming plant. Magnolia x 'Cleopatra' is an excellent choice for a smaller location because of the smaller size and the late summer rebloom.
'Kiki's Broom' Saucer Magnolia is a natural witch's broom introduced by Greg Williams. This amazing Magnolia grows only 4' tall and 6' wide. 'Kiki's Broom' flowers in early April to early May and is covered with blooms that have white tepals with pink veins and bases. Magnolia x soulangeana 'Kiki's Broom' makes a very unusual dense shrub and can be particularly useful as a showy early spring shrub.
Golden Bell Tower™ ('Chrishaven I') Persian Ironwood is a wonderful tree for urban conditions and compact spaces. The habit is tight and upright even when mature. The fall color is attractive shades of apricot and gold, which explains the name chosen by its introducer, Ken Christianson of Washington. Parrotia persica Golden Bell Tower™ is very tolerant of urban soils and pollution, so it makes a resilient small street tree.
'Lord Clayton' Garden Phlox produces large cherry red flower panicles in mid to late summer, but the foliage is the really unusual break through. The leaves start in spring in shades of eggplant purple with lime green veins. They mature in summer to bronze and greenish purple, matching a showy background for the showy fragrant flower clumps. Deadheading will promote an extended flowering period. Phlox paniculata 'Lord Clayton' makes a showy cut flower, as well as an excellent garden native for pollinators. Found by garden writer Tammy Clayton in Michigan and introduced by Plants Nouveau.
Ginger Wine™ Ninebark ('SMNPOBLR') is a showy native shrub, offering attractive flowers and foliage from spring through fall. The leaves start as shades of orange and red in spring, and mature to burgundy in summer. The fall color is a mix of red and burgundy. The delicate pinkish white flower clusters appear in late spring and are followed by attractive red seedheads. Physocarpus Ginger Wine™ also offers winter interest with tan peeling bark on the older wood.
Cloud 10™ ('Radclean') Climbing Rose produces pure white double flowers in spring and fall. The foliage is highly disease resistant and an attractive glossy green. The large blooms resemble English Roses and are attractive to pollinators. Rosa Cloud 10™ come from the hybridizing work of Will Radler and can be grown as a very large shrub as well as a mid sized climber.
Canyon Road™ ('Meiscarlebo') Shrub Rose produces beautiful brick red double flowers in late spring and early summer. The showy blooms are held over dark green glossy disease resistant leaves. Rosa Canyon Road™ is a florabunda Rose, so the flowers appear in large clusters. A Meilland International introduction from Star® Roses.
Black Beauty™ Black Elder ('Gerda') make a very large suckering shrub if left alone, but has a showier application as a cutback shrub. The deep purple foliage is displayed on straight tall stems which are also purple when young. The flat showy flower cymes are large and pink, appearing in June. They emit an attractive lemony scent, and are followed in late summer by bunches of small black fruits. Sambucus Black Beauty™ is a good source of food for wildlife, and can also be used to make Elderberry wine. A good choice for ponds, streams and wet meadows.
'Cobweb Buttons' Hens and Chicks is an evergreen succulent which is extremely cold tolerant when planted in a sunny well-drained site. The pale green rosettes are covered with a grayish white netting which resembles spider webs. The rosettes of Sempervivum produce numerous offsets which can slowly expand to make a large uniform clump. 'Cobweb Buttons' blooms in early summer, producing short stalks of attractive pinkish red star shaped flowers, making this an attractive container succulent or small scale rock garden plant.
'Peachie's Pick' Stokes Aster was found by Mississippi plants woman Peachie Saxton. Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick' is a compact version of this long blooming native, with large lavender blue flowers. Stokes Asters flower virtually all summer, especially when spent blooms are deadheaded. When established, Stokesia Peachie's Pick is surprisingly drought tolerant and overwinters best in well drained locations.
'Blue Jay' Highbush Blueberry produces delicious fruit in June and July, making it a mid season Blueberry. The delicate waxy bell-shaped flowers are white and are attractive to pollinators in May. The fall color of Vaccinium 'Blue Jay' is bright shades of red and orange, and the winter twigs are also attractive as cut branches. Plant with another cultivar for good fruit production.
'Red Arrows' Culver's Root comes to us from Coen Jansen of Holland. The candelabra shaped spikes produce rose red buds which open to lilac spires surrounded by secondary flowering shoots. The stems and leaves have a reddish cast when emerging (hence the name). Veronicastrum 'Red Arrow' benefits from an early summer pruning to strengthen the stems and increase the flower spike count.
'Watanabei' Doublefile Viburnum has beautiful white lacecap flowers starting in May and intermittently continuing throughout the summer. The habit is significantly more compact than other Viburnum plicatum tomentosum cultivars and the reblooming attribute, while requiring consistent soil moisture, makes Viburnum 'Watanbei' particularly useful. 'Watanbei' was found near Mt Fuji by famous Japanese nurseryman Mr. Watanbe and introduced by Wada Nursery in the 1950s. Red fruit is sparely produced in late summer, followed by nice reddish burgundy fall color.