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.
Redpointe® ('Frank Jr') Red Maple is an attractive introduction of this very adaptable native tree, developed by J Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery in Oregon. They chose this selection because of its broad but upswept branching pyramidal habit. Acer rubrum Redpointe® has a strong central leaded and leathery dark green foliage. The crowning glory is the vivid red early fall color, followed by a regular tidy silhouette in winter.
'Storm Cloud' Blue Star is the prettiest Amsonia we have seen, with large terminal clusters of bright sky blue star shaped flowers set off by almost black stems, the stems are particularly showy as they emerge in the spring, looking like thin black Asparagus, The narrow leaves open to an attractive dark green. Amsonia 'Storm Cloud' was found in moist shade in Alabama by those extraordinary plantsmen, Tony Avent and Hans Hansen, and they picked a particularly apt name for this beautiful native.
Variegated Hardy Orchid blooms in May, producing rosy purple flowers that look like small delicate cattleyas. The flowers persist for several weeks, and Bletilla striata 'Variegata' continues to add interest to the garden because of the thin white stripes on the broad tropical looking leaves. Hardy Orchids grow to make good sized clumps in shady location. They remind us of Prom corsages for pixies.
'Snow Tower' Korean Dogwood is an upright form of Cornus kousa, which makes it ideal for a tight space. The large white flowers (bracts) emerge in late May and June, a little later than most Korean Dogwoods. The very showy flower display is followed by round red fruit in late summer which are very attractive to birds and mammals. 'Snow Tower' Dogwood has reddish purple fall color, and would make an excellent small street tree with several seasons of interest. Found by Gary Handy of Handy Nursery in Oregon.
Yuki Snowflake® ('NCDX1') Deutzia blooms heavily in April and May, covering this low mounding shrub with a multitude of bell-like white flowers. The delicate green leaves are held on arching branches which root when touching the soil making Deutzia x Yuki Snowflake® an attractive shade tolerant groundcover. The foliage turns shades of burgundy in fall and is most colorful when grown in full sud. A lovely hybrid from the work of Dr Tom Ranney of NC State.
Narrow green leaves emerge from tan culms in late spring, adding to previous season's foliage. Vase-shaped, clumping, deer resistant and semi-evergreen.
'Camelot' ('Coseh 940') Gold Collection® Ballard Hellebore is a great winter and spring blooming perennial, producing dusty pink buds which open to cream flowers on short strong stems. The glossy foliage is evergreen and deep green in color, making an attractive, long lived addition to shade gardens throughout the year. All the HGC Hellebores come from Heuger breeding program in Germany.
'Cinnamon Snow' ('Coseh 700') Gold Collection® Ballard Hellebore blooms from December to March. The buds start pink and open to shades of cream, rose and cinnamon. As the flowers age, they take on tons of pinkish green. The dark green evergreen leaves are attractive throughout the year, especially since they are held up on reddish stems. Hellebores make an excellent long lasting addition to shade and woodland gardens.
'Mahogany Snow' ('Coseh 930') Gold Collection® Ballard Hellebore starts blooming in January and continues into March. The outward-facing white flowers have strong pink backsides to the petals, and are displayed above lustrous dark green leaves. The stems of the flowers and foliage are reddish and sturdy. As the blooms age into spring they take on subtle hues of pink and green, delivering a long stretch of beauty in the perennial shade garden.
'Spring Party' ('Coseh 720') Gold Collection® Ballard Hellebore is one of the taller Heuger hybrids, with 3" outfacing creamy white blooms set off by dark green leaves. The foliage is evergreen and lightly veined with silver. The blooming starts in March, and the long lasting flowers slowly age to an attractive light green. Helleborus 'Spring Party' is a cross between H. niger and H. lividus, which explains the bright white flowers.
'Ice N' Roses White' Gold Collection® Snow Rose is one of the exciting new glandorfensis hybrid series of Hellebores from Heuger in Germany. The series range from white to dark red, and this selection was chosen for its large number of white outfacing flowers starting in December. The lustrous evergreen foliage is dark green and looks beautiful in winter containers as well as is shade gardens.
'Love Bug' Gold Collection® is a compact evergreen Hellebore from Heuger's exciting breeding program. The abundant pink buds appear in late winter, opening to white with a blush of soft pink. The lustrous dark green leaves have silver veining and wine red stems. Helleborus 'Love Bug' is similar to H. 'Pink Frost', but the form is more compact and floriferous. The compact habit and long blooming time make 'Love Bug' an excellent candidate for winter containers.
Summer Crush™ ('Bailmacfive') Endless Summer® Bigleaf Hydrangea blooms throughout the summer, producing lots of raspberry red to vivid purple mophead flowers. The habit is compact, with glossy dark green leaves that tolerate sun well. Hydrangea Summer Crush™ is a new exciting rebloomer form Bailey Nurseries, resulting from the work of Dr Michael Dirr with reblooming Hydrangea.
'Raspberry Glow' Mountain Laurel comes from Dick Jaynes of Broken Arrow Nursery, and is a sibling of Kalmia 'Sarah'. The buds are raspberry red, opening to a vivd deep pink in May and June. The ballet skirt shaped flowers are borne in large clusters over deep green lustrous foliage. Kalmia 'Raspberry Glow' tolerates a wide range of light conditions, and is one of the few broadleaf evergreens that is deer resistant.
Pennsylvania Rhododendron is a late blooming deciduous Azalea resulting from a controlled cross made by Weston Nurseries between R. periclymenoides and tow other named cultivars. The flowers appear in June and July in shades of deep pink with orange yellow throats. Our friend Larry Kuser of Fernbrook Nursery recommends it for its great fragrance and its neat compact habit. The fall color is shades of copper red.
'Weston's Lemon Drop' is a lovely hybrid deciduous Azalea from Weston Nurseries' extensive breeding work. The buds are peach colored, and open to a soft yellow in May and June. The flowers of this interspecific hybrid are fragrant, and the bluish green foliage turns reddish maroon in fall. The Mezzit family of Hopkinton, MA has contributed a huge number of excellent Rhododendrons to the gardening world, and this one is one of the best ones.
Spice Girl® ('Spito') Koreanspice Viburnum blooms in April and May, producing extremely fragrant flower clumps that are pink in bud turning to white snowballs when open. The medium green foliage is more deer resistant than most Viburnums, and the leaves turn attractive shades of red in fall. Viburnum carlesii Spice Girl® does well in sun and partial shade. It would make a lovely fragrant hedge as well as an attractive specimen.
Leatherleaf Viburnum is a staple shrub for deer county, because the somewhat hairy puckered leaves are not tasty to deer. The foliage is evergreen, and is topped by flat creamy white cymes (flower clumps) in late spring. The long lasting fruit bunches turn red in early fall and mature to glossy black, often persisting into December. Viburnum rhytidophyllum makes an excellent large hedge when planted in masses, and is dense enough to serve as a green fence.
'Alleghany' Lantanaphyllum Viburnum comes from the breeding work done by the legendary Dr Don Egolf of the National Arboretum. The creamy white flat flowers clumps appear in May and June. They are followed by attractive red fruit in summer which ripens to blue black and is rapidly consumed by birds. The leaves are dark green and broader and shorter than V. rhytidophylloides. 'Alleghany' is a cross between rhytidophyllum and Lantana, so it makes a dense semi-evergreen hedge.