Editor's note: We're revisiting the varieties featured in our 2017 New Plant Pavilion. See the entire list here.
Diervilla splendens ‘El Madrigal’ USPPAF Firefly™ Nightglow™Diervilla
Just like the remarkable twilight hour when fireflies light up the sky, intensely yellow flowers glow bright against the dark red foliage of Firefly™ Nightglow™Diervilla. As the season fades, foliage color becomes more intense. Because Nightglow is compact and showy, plant it in mixed borders, along a walkway or as the star of a decorative patio container. It’s hardy to USDA Zone 4, prefers at least six hours of sun each day and grows 2-3 feet tall and wide with an upright, mounding shape. Growers, retailers and homeowners will each find something special in this truly improved novelty.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kolmavesu’ USPPAF Lavalamp™ Flare™ Hydrangea
One glance at the fiery red blooms of LavaLamp™ Flare™, and there’s no turning back. Just like the flame of a smoldering fire, it will attract stares from guests of your outdoor space. Compact and showy, Flare shines bright as the star of a crafted patio planter, in a mixed bed, or as the foundation of a stunning landscape design. White blooms age to a brighter red-pink than any other compact H. paniculata we’ve seen. Add Flare’s mature size of 2-3 feet and June through fall flowering season, and you get a recipe for green industry success.
Weigela ‘WoF/R’ PPAF Date Night™ Strobe™
If you blink, you may miss one of the flashy colors of Date Night™ Strobe™Weigela. From spring through autumn, you’ll see bright pink flowers against green and bronze – then orange – then crimson red foliage. The whirl of color is intense and beautiful, making Strobe an excellent choice for mixed borders or patio containers. Compact and low-maintenance, homeowners will spend less time on care and have more time for dancing or relaxing. Strobe Weigela is hardy to USDA Zone 4, likes full to part sun, and grows to 3 feet tall and wide.
Spiraea japonica ‘Matgold’ USPPAF Poprocks™Rainbow Fizz™
Bring a burst of color to your nursery or garden center with Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™ spiraea. Just like the nostalgic treat from childhood, the pop & fizzle of color combinations throughout the season is both surprising and fun. Foliage emerges copper, changes to yellow with red tips in spring, and then finishes with copper-red in fall. The fun doesn’t stop there; the candy-like flower buds start red and finish with a whimsical pink bloom. Rainbow Fizz is compact and easy to grow, so any homeowner can find a sunny spot in their landscape or patio, then plant, water, and relax.
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Hachdon’ USPPAF Bella Sol™
Like fine Italian wine, the flowers of Bella Sol™ Potentilla only get better with age. A bounty of large, rich orange blooms can be found from top to bottom of this gorgeous selection, and the beauty continues to please with the season – with flowers that intensify throughout the cycle. Bella Sol prefers sunny locations, is cold hardy to USDA zone 2, and matures to an ideal 2-3 feet mounding shape. Because it’s easy to grow, this unique introduction reaches more of today’s marketplace. Pair Bella Sol with its pink flowered counterpart, Bella Bellissima™ for an attractive new green industry offering.
SLIDESHOW: featuring plants in order listed above.
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