First Editions Great Star hydrangea from Bailey Nurseries features giant, star-shaped flowers. The wavy, white florets can be up to 4 inches across. This hydrangea will flower from mid-summer until the first hard frost. The creamy white flowers of Great Star are easy to pair with any other flower color. Great Star (Hydrangea paniculata ‘LeVasterival’) grows best in full sun to part shade, and grows up to 7 feet tall and 8 feet wide. It’s hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8.
Look for First Editions Great Star hydrangea exclusively from Bailey Nurseries at better garden centers spring 2011.
For more: Bailey Nurseries, www.baileynurseries.com.
The Double Take series of quince from Proven Winners ColorChoice are thornless varieties with higher petal counts.
The doubled-flowered series is available in red, pink and orange hues.
Key features of the Double Take series:
- Early spring color (February - April).
- Thornless – No more pricked fingers.
- Hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 – 8.
- Part sun to full sun.
- Low maintenance – drought tolerant when established.
- Fruitless – No more dropped fruit requiring clean up.
‘Scarlet Storm’ features big, dark red velvety flowers. ‘Pink Storm’ offers salmon or coral colored flowers with up to 40 petals per flower. ‘Orange Storm’ features bright-orange camellia-like blooms.
The series will have limited availability in garden centers for 2011, with widespread availability at retail starting in 2012.
For more: Proven Winners ColorChoice, www.colorchoiceplants.com.
Lemon Candy ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Podaras 3’) from Ball Ornamentals grows up to 3 feet high with a spread of 3 feet. It’s hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3-8 and grows best in full sun. The rich, golden foliage of Lemon Candy is persistent from spring till fall. It features white blooms in spring. Its compact habit is excellent for foundation and shrub border use.
For more: Ball Ornamentals, www.ballornamentals.com.