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.
We grow our own selection of Red Buckeye, selected by us from a field of mature trees at Princeton Nurseries. The characteristics that guided our choices were clean, disease-free foliage, very dark showy 5" upright panicles in May, and a strong tree-form habit. We propagate our selection 'Splendens' from the seed of the five trees we moved to Pleasant Run Nursery. The resulting plants have the outstanding qualities of their parents, and we grow them as tree-form. Aesculus pavia 'Splendens' makes a tough beautiful small tree. Besides the flower display and the attractive dark green summer foliage, the fall color is a clean yellow and the brown chestnuts feed the wildlife.
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.
Decadence® 'Vanilla Cream' False Indigo has 10" spikes of vanilla pea-shaped flowers in May and June. The petioles are dark gray, making an attractive contrast to the opening flowers. The clean disease free foliage matures to grayish green in summer, making a wide clump topped by dark charcoal round seedheads. Baptisias are very long lived perennials and are useful in the back of mixed borders as well as in meadows. From Hans Hansen's Decadence® series.
'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.
'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.
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.
Strongbox™ ('Ilexfarrowtracey') Inkberry Holly is a welcome introduction from Proven Winners offering a good native substitute for Boxwoods. Ilex glabra Strongbox™ looks like a short round Buxus, but it is more sun tolerant and moisture tolerant., as well an unthreatened by Boxwood Blight. Since this compact Inkberry stays full to the ground, it can be used in containers, for low hedges and in mass plantings. The tight habit and small leaves make pruning rarely necessary.
'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.
'Taylor' Eastern Redcedar is a very narrow selection of Juniperus virginiana, found originally in Taylor, Nebraska. 'Taylor' has attractive silvery blue green needles and round berry-like cones which are an important food source for birds. "Taylor' Eastern Redcedar is considered to be the most dry site tolerant of the Juniperus virginiana selections available. It also has better than average resistance to Cedar Apple Rust.
Ruby Vase® Persian Ironwood is an excellent choice as a street tree or a showy specimen for small spaces. The habit is a narrow vase shape with tight upright branching. New leaves emerge in spring with an attractive red margin. The green Hamamelis-like foliage is clean and disease resistant all summer, turning lovely shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. The small reddish purple spidery flowers are borne in winter on the twigs, providing food for winter pollinators, and the bark of older plants is attractive patches of green, tan and gray.
'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.
'Orange Perfection' Garden Phlox produces large clusters of bright salmon orange fragrant flowers for 4 weeks in July. These vividly colored panicles make an excellent cut flower. If cut back several inches in June, the flower display will be somewhat later, blooming in August when little else in the mixed border offers such bright colors. Plant where the air circulation is good to keep foliage clean.
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.
'Marietta' Long-Leafed Speedwell is an introduction from Nico Rijnbeck's nursery in Boskoop, Holland. This award winning Veronica has disease resistant foliage, topped with deep blue to purple flowers in June and July. If deadheaded after initial bloom, Veronica 'Marietta' will produce more secondary flowers.
'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 'Watanabei' particularly useful. 'Watanabei' 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.
Sonic Bloom® Pearl ('Bokasopea') Weigela is another exciting rebloomer from Proven Winners. The tubular blooms open white in May, and turn soft pink as they mature. Sonic Bloom® 'Pearl' blooms throughout the summer, especially if lightly pruned after the first heavy flush of flowers. Since this Weigela is easy to maintain and prune, Sonic Bloom® 'Pearl' works well as a foundation shrub or a short hedge. The attractive green foliage is clean and disease free.
Sonic Bloom® 'Red' ('Verweig6') Weigela produces a multitude of vivid red trumpet shaped flowers in May, followed by repeat waves of flowers until early fall. The green foliage makes a showy setting for the lipstick red blooms, and a light pruning after the first flush will increase the rebloomimg. Pollinators will love this adaptable, long blooming shrub, and Sonic Bloom® 'Red' makes an excellent hedge or foundation plant.