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Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison 

When Ball Ornamentals introduced the Flutterby™ series of buddleia a new set of possibilities emerged as to where these plants can be used.  This series of Buddleia not only offers the attraction of butterflies and hummingbirds, but also offers sizes which can be utilized in just about any part of the landscape. Three of Ball’s introductions include Buddleia Flutterby™, Buddleia Flutterby™ Petite and Buddleia Flutterby™ Flow.  A hardiness zone of 5-9 makes buddleia a good choice for many Midwestern locations. A closer look into each of these varieties will give a good comparison of each plant and suggestions on how to use them in the landscape.

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Drift Roses-Review

Posted by Jacob VanOteghem

Best Groundcover Roses?

The story goes like this.  The Drift® Rose prototype was introduced roughly 20 years ago.  However, it was considered too small for commercial use and to be honest was ignored due to the ever-successful Knockout series.  Although it performed excellently in trials, there wasn’t a place for this little guy in the market.  Times have changed and there is now a growing demand for these great miniature groundcover roses.  They were released regionally in 2007, full scale in 2008, and have been growing in popularity ever since.

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First Editions® Great Star™ Hydrangea

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Hydrangea Great Star™ First Editions® (Hydrangea paniculata'LeVasterival' PP20272)

Hydrangea Great Star™ is a newer introduction to the First Editions® line and even though there's not a whole lot of information out yet on its performance, Great Star™ is being touted as a "show stopper" in the garden and probably one of the best new hydrangeas for the garden as well as an all season summer blooming plant.

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First Editions® Crape Myrtles (Review)

Posted by Jacob VanOteghem

Review of First Editions® Crape Myrtle

First Editions® has released several new varieties of Crape Myrtles (developed by Plant Introductions Inc) this season, four of which we wish to highlight.  These new cultivars fit into two size categories: dwarf (under 5’) and mid-sized (5-10’),  as opposed to the majority of Crape Myrtles ranging from 15-20’.  Some noteworthy features of these shrubs are their heavily flowered, compact habit, disease resistance, and the potential for a rebloom in late summer / early fall.  Many of these varieties have the ability to produce a second bloom if the old, faded blooms are “deadheaded” (cut off) at the appropriate time.

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American Bittersweet-First Editions® Autumn Revolution™

Posted by Angela Jackson

American Bittersweet-First Editions® Autumn Revolution™

Perfect Flower—is a term that is used to describe a flower with both male and female parts.  There are species of plants that have only female or only male flowers on each plant.  As we know, one needs a male and a female holly planted near each other for the female to have berries. 

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First Editions® New Garden Plant Introductions

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

First Editions® New Garden Plant Introductions

In 2012 Bailey Nurseries and Plant Introductions, Inc. joined forces and merged PII’s breeding with Bailey Nurseries’ marketing program, creating a broader pallet of the First Edition plant series.   There have been many plants introduced to the market under the First Editions® brand that carry a multi-season interest, a very popular trend in gardening. Each introduction is hand-selected for its unique qualities, beauty and color in the garden. First Editions® plants will only be found in independent garden centers during the first year helping to create a stronger relationship with garden centers and growers.  Three of the exciting First Editions® introductions include Hydrangea ‘Vanilla Strawberry’™, Diervilla ‘Cool Splash’®, and Tiger Eyes® Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac.

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Weigela Shining Sensation vs. Weigela Rainbow Sensation (comparison)

Posted by Paul VanOteghem

Comparison of Wegela Shining Sensation vs Weigela Rainbow Sensation

Having been used in North America supposedly since colonial times, one might think the last thing we need is another Weigela… Right?    

The old-fashioned Weigela florida or Cardinal shrub has long been a staple in many gardens.  Prized for its floriferous nature, breeders have been messing with this plant for a long time.  Modern era efforts have brought us hardy varieties out of Canada with the Dance series featuring varieties such as ‘Rumba’, ‘Minuet’, ‘Polka’, and several others.  The Proven Winner Wine series brought a collection of different leaf colors and different sizes.  Among that series are ‘Wine and Roses’, ‘Fine Wine’, ‘Midnight Wine’ and most recently ‘Spilled Wine’.  PW has also introduced a line of rebloomers named the Sonic Bloom series.  This is by no means an exhaustive list with reportedly more than 200 cultivars to choose from with hardiness ranges from zones 4-10. 

Well I’m here to tell you to make room for two more! 

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Bloom-a-thon Azaleas: Re-Blooming azaleas for the Midwest.

Posted by Keith Dintelmann

Bloom-a-thon Azaleas:  Re-Blooming azaleas for the Midwest 

With the introduction of Encore Azaleas several years ago, Midwesterners finally had an opportunity to garden with azaleas that would bloom more than once a year.  Now, there is a new kid on the block; Proven Winner’s Bloom-a-thon azaleas.  This series of azaleas, which has been under testing for several years and was available for sale to the general public starting in 2012, brings another advantageous alternative to the azalea enthusiast.  The series only has 4 different colors, red white lavender and pink, but they are rich, deep and showy.

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Lilacs: Popular Plants For The Landscape

Posted by Paul Blanche

Lilacs:  Popular Plants For The Landscape

Lilacs are one of the most popular plants for the landscape. The fragrance and flower color are unmistakable in the spring. The fragrance always reminds me that spring is here. Lilac flowers range in color from a lavender pink to a deep purple and are very fragrant.  There are many varieties of lilacs, but some of my favorites for the landscape are the Josee Reblooming Lilac, the Bloomerang Lilac, Miss Kim Lilac, and the dwarf Korean Lilac.  The Josee and Bloomerang have the additional benefit of re-blooming throughout the summer.  

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Oso Easy® Roses-Review

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Oso Easy®Roses

Growing roses is a favorite past time for many dedicated and passionate gardeners.  For many years gardens were filled with hybrid teas, grandiflora and floribunda roses emitting aromatic fragrances and exquisite flower displays. Countless hours spent dead heading, spraying and pruning gave great peace, serenity and pride to those who treated their rose garden as well as one of their own children.  In our company early February was the time that the nursery would begin buzzing  while orders were being filled with hundreds of bare root, packaged and potted roses. Semi after semi rolled out the door with rose orders for early spring.  That was then……..

This is now.  The demand for the “old fashioned” types has dramatically changed in the rose market. Consumers no longer want to spend hours in their gardens maintaining plants nor do they have the time to do so.  Whether we like it or not, today’s consumers don’t view gardening the same way as the gardening generation that came before them. In general, today’s consumer is looking for plants they don’t have to mess with, are “guaranteed” to grow, have multi-season interest with lots of color and look great in the landscape.  Hmmm, that’s easy right?

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