2018 new varieties: Plant Development Services, Inc.

2018 new varieties: Plant Development Services, Inc.

Check out these new introductions from the Southern Living Plant Collection and the Sunset Western Garden Collection.

March 28, 2018
Edited by Matt McClellan
New Varieties

Editor's note: We're highlighting the plants from our 2018 New Plant Pavilion. Check out the whole list here or in our February issue!

White Wedding® Hydrangea Hybrid ‘LeeP1’ PPAF Hydrangea paniculata

From Louisiana breeder Buddy Lee, ‘White Wedding’® has sturdy, upright branches that easily support oversized clusters of white, pillow-like, conical shaped blooms. This 4-6’ grower has a 3-4’ spread and provides dazzling beauty as a cut flower or in the garden—from accent to containers to mass plantings. Plants bloom short in containers making them easy to ship. Full sun to part shade lover; grows well in most soil types. Late spring to early fall flowering can be extended by dead-heading aging flower clusters. USDA Zones 4-8.

Light Show® Red Bottlebrush 'LJ23' PP27547 Callistemon viminalis

Dense, emerald green foliage covers this tough flowering shrub. Reaching only 3-4’ tall with a 4-5’ spread, Light Show® Red is suited for a variety of landscape applications. This new bottlebrush is a low-maintenance winner with long lastinggood looks. In the landscape, Light Show® Red is tolerant of drought and salty coastal growing conditions. Warm colored, striking, brighter red flowers start late spring and continue into fall. Lightly deadhead through the season for enhanced blooming. Highly attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds. Zones 8-11.

Dianella ‘Allyn-Citation’ PP22965 Dianella revoluta Coolvista™

Coolvista™ offers a “grass-like” look to landscapes with blue-green foliage and a stiff upright growth habit. This flax lily variety quickly forms a dense clump. Many side shoots emerge from the ground around the plant base. Dainty blue flowers in late summer, early fall. Plants grow 1-2’ tall with a 1-2’ spread. Prune as need in late summer or late winter to remove old foliage. From Australia, this plant is drought-resistant, heat-resistant and prefers a well-drained soil. Full to part sun preferred. USDA Zones 8-10.

Ternstroemia gymnanthera Juliet™ Cleyera ‘Broody’ PPAF

Attractive, variegated, glossy foliage is the highlight of Juliet™. With a mature height of 8-10’ and a 5-6’ spread, this Ternstroemia is a “shrub with style”. Juliet™ can serve as a hedge or screen. In addition, try as a specimen plant and in mass plantings. New growth on evergreen foliage is maroon with a creamy white variegation. Foliage produces year-round interest in a full sun to part sun setting. Prune in early spring before a new growth flush. Disease and pest-resistant along with being heat-tolerant. Prefers well drained garden soil and medium irrigation. USDA Zones 7-10. 

Podocarpus macrophyllus Roman Candle™ Podocarpus 'Miu' PP28582

This low maintenance shrub has year-round interest with attractive white to light green variegated new foliage growth. Roman Candle™ is landscape tough, low-maintenance, disease-resistant, and deer-resistant. Evergreen with a height of 10-15’ with a 4-6’ spread. Prune prior to growth flushes to shape as as desired. Tolerant of full sun and heat. Zones 7B-10.

Agapanthus hybrid Ever Amethyst™ Agapanthus ‘ANDhin’ PP26336

The new color addition to the growing in popularity semi-dwarf Ever series of Lily of the Nile offers early, brilliant dark purple flowers in late spring and summer. Re-bloomer. Height of 1-2’ with an equal spread. Performs best in a full sun to lightlyshaded landscape. Offers a thriller opportunity in container gardening. Ever Amethyst™ is fast-growing, tough and drought-tolerant in southeastern climates. Prefers well-drained garden soil. Zones 8-11.

Lavandula allardii ‘Meerlo’ Lavender 'Meerlo' PP25559

Resistance to heat, drought, humidity and deer, as well as highly fragrant year-round foliage, makes ‘Meerlo’ Lavender one of the must-have plants of the season. In addition to being one of the most fragrant lavenders available, its spectacular variegated foliage stops gardeners in their tracks. Unlike many other variegated lavenders, the foliage on ‘Meerlo’ doesn’t revert to gray, but instead maintains its striking color year after year. Not as picky about soil conditions as other lavenders, Meerlo has low water needs once established. Growing to a manageable 3’ x 3’ mound, Meerlo can be cut back after first flower to keep compact. USDA Zones 9-10. 


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