Editor's note: We're revisiting the varieties featured in our 2017 New Plant Pavilion. See the entire list here.
Buttonbush First Editions® Fiber Optics™
Fiber Optics™ is a distinct improvement over the coarser Cephalanthus occidentalis that grows twice the size of this compact selection. Native from Florida to Mexico and north to Nova Scotia and Ontario, buttonbush is quite happy in moist conditions, tolerating flooding and wet spring soil. As such it is often used in wetland restoration work, along streams and pond banks. It’s also a great plant for low areas in the landscape that don’t dry out until late in the season. Pollinators love the fragrant, creamy white, ball-shaped flowers and many species of waterfowl eat the seed.
Illicium First Editions® BananAppeal™ Small Anise Tree
This compact, well-behaved Illicium has golden-yellow foliage and keeps a nice mounded form. Unlike ‘Florida Sunshine,’ BananAppeal™ doesn’t send out long, gangly shoots and the leaves don’t bleach out in winter. With anise-scented foliage, it is a perfect accent plant in shade gardens, maintaining it’s small stature and luminescent yellow-gold foliage. No suckers to date. Deer resistant.
Hydrangea paniculata First Editions® Diamond Rouge™
Without a doubt, Diamond Rouge™ is the reddest H. paniculata on the market. This new variety has abundant, long lasting flowers on strong stems that start white and progress to pink, raspberry red and finally wine red. Flowers start blooming in July and take on red coloration earlier in the season than other pink paniculatas. Compared to Strawberry Sundae®, Diamond Rouge is slightly bigger and has distinct raspberry-red flowers that color earlier in the season. Bred by Jean Renault in France.
Privet First Editions® Straight Talk™
Perfect as a vertical accent in tight spaces, Straight Talk™ is only 2’ wide and tightly upright. Cold hardy and drought tolerant, it’s easy-to-grow in a wide range of soils and tolerates urban conditions. Flowers are white and followed by black fruit. Minimal to no seed production after four years in trials.
Doublefile Viburnum First Editions® Opening Day™
Opening Day™ is a compact plant that is covered with perfectly round, baseball size flowers in April. They open with a tinge of green and quickly mature to pure white. Plants are tight in habit with deeply corrugated, dark green foliage that turns beautiful shades of cabernet in the fall.
SLIDESHOW: featuring plants in order listed above.
Plant photos and descriptions provided by Bailey Nurseries.
For more: www.baileynurseries.com