New Shrubs For 2014
Buddleia ‘Lo & Behold Pink Micro Chip’
(by Spring Meadow Nursery/Proven Winners)
‘Lo & Behold Pink Micro Chip’ brings a new color to this dwarf line of sterile butterfly bush. It has abundant tiny, pink blooms and flowers continuously from mid-summer to frost without deadheading. This series makes a colorful mass planting or can be grown as a low hedge or in a container. It grows 18- to 24-inches tall and wide and is hardy in USDA Zones 5 to 9.
Deutzia ‘Yuki Cherry Blossom’
(by Spring Meadow Nursery)
A decade of breeding brings the first ever Nikko-type deutzia with pink flowers. Deutzia ‘Yuki Cherry Blossom’ creates a shower of elegant pink flowers for a low-spreading carpet of color. It is perfect for mass plantings with its neat, mounded habit and rich burgundy-purple fall color. It grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.
Sweet Spot Rose Series
(by Tesselaar Plants)
This new series is a completely new category of compact “decorator” shrub roses. Plants grow 16- to 24-inch tall and are blanketed with non-stop blooms in four colors, each punctuated in the center by a deep, contrasting hue. Flowers continuously change color as they age. Sweet Spot roses are hardy to Zone 5 and perfect for containers and mass plantings.
Weigela ‘Magical Robin’
by Ball Ornamentals)
‘Magical Robin’ heralds the spring with a bold splash of color. Then it reblooms in the summer, providing an extra season of landscape interest. This compact variety features brilliant, deep-red flowers and a dense, tidy habit that needs no pruning. The Magical series also includes Pink and White.
Callistemon ‘Scarlet Torch’
This new variety has the huge bright red flowers and is irresistible to hummingbirds. It blooms from late spring through summer and intermittently year-round in frost-free climates. This easy-care evergreen shrub has gray-green foliage and makes a fantastic hedge or pruned as a small tree. From breeder Dr. John Ruter at the University of Georgia, this floriferous bottlebrush has a compact form that is perfect for smaller landscapes. It will reach nine feet tall and 12 feet wide in 10 years. Full sun. Zones 8 to 11.
Deutzia ‘Nikko Blush’
A delightful new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall color. It will reach six to eight feet tall and six feet wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.