Perennials That Eat Up & Spit Out Stress

Perennials That Eat Up & Spit Out Stress

In our constant battle to bring the best plants to the attention of growers, landscapers and buyers, we once again unveil the Classic City awardees. I presented Classic City annuals in January, and in this issue I present the Classic City Awards in the category of Best Perennials.

These recommendations are based on real data, not preference of color or plants remembered from grandmother’s garden. Real data. Real stinking weather at times. Real plants. Real opportunities.

These and other equally wonderful plants from previous years can be found on The Gardens at UGA website. Plants are generally available from most brokers and distributors of fine plant material.

Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’

Miscanthus grasses have been around for many years, and provide value and beauty in the landscape. In general, they are tall, which can occasionally be a problem in smaller spaces. ‘Gold Bar’ has exceptional posture, providing a highly useful structure as a border plant. The half-inch creamy yellow bars that accent each bright green blade are striking and lure the viewer as they approach the plant.

In this, its second year in the garden, plants were 2 ½ feet tall at the peak of summer. No flowers were produced this season, making it the second year without blooms. We have never seen any signs of insects or insect damage on ‘Gold Bar,’ and the Georgia heat never parched the blades of this proud grass. Patented by Joy Creek Nursery, Sunny Border is the international marketing agent and patent administrator of the plant. Plants are available from Walters, Itsaul Plants, Kurt Bluemel, Creek Hill, Blooming, Hoffman, GET Group, Green Leaf (Oklahoma), Emerald Coast and Skagit, to name but a few of our friends.

Tricyrtis ‘Kohaku’

What an exquisite beauty! The lavender petals gradually fade into a blue center. From the center of the bloom, a light yellow pistil and stamens arise, speckled with burgundy. By the time many of our cultivars flower, the foliage has declined significantly due to heat and other stresses.

However, ‘Kohaku’ maintained fresh and healthy foliage throughout the season with very little dieback. It is also our earliest blooming toad lily, beginning in mid July and continuing over a span of four months.

Gaura ‘Snow Fountain’

Cascading petals of white resemble falling snow frozen in time without the bite of cold weather! The brightness of the snow-like petals vividly accentuates the surrounding blooms of nearby plants in the garden, creating an effective complementary effect. Even the dropping petals that formed a blanket on the ground were ornamental in the garden.

As with all gauras, we cut back plants after flowering, and this plant rewarded us with another magnificent show of blooms.
To add yet one more positive, we had a persistent problem with aphids on gauras. ‘Snow Fountain,’ however, was not nearly as affected. Plants are available through several different distributors.

Heuchera ‘Caramel’

The warm colors of this heuchera make it unique indeed–and persistently so, with the foliage remaining in excellent form throughout the entire season. Perhaps, it is showcased so well because one of its parents (H. villosa) is a native of the Southeastern United States, indicating an ability to happily tolerate our climate. This plant proved to us that it is indeed tough enough to withstand the hot and humid (not to mention, dry) Georgia summers!

The light pink blooms that hover about a foot and a half above the clump of apricot-hued leaves are light pink and have an ethereal presence. Springtime just wouldn’t be the same if ‘Caramel’ did not reside at the Gardens.

Salvia leucantha ‘Cislano’

We have trialed velvet sage for many years, and with some of the new selections, their future looks bright. This luscious velveteen-leaved sage, had everyone impatiently anticipating the moment this plant formed a bud. One of the very last of the salvias to bloom in late August, it was well worth the wait, forming alluring purple and soft panicles of flowers.

‘Cislano’ is flamboyant and a whole lot of fun. A full and robust shrub is well formed by bloom time, reaching an ultimate height of 5 ½ feet, so it may need staking in order to keep upright and from crowding out nearby smaller plants. The flower texture and color are irresistible to any hands or eyes meandering through our garden.

Aruncus ‘Misty Lace’

For more than five years now, this Goats Beard has proven to be a soft touch, as if Monet himself brushed them onto our backdrop. ‘Misty Lace’ produces an abundance of puffy cream-colored panicles in the spring, and the foliage not only remains intact but continues to look presentable for its guests long after the blooms have excused themselves. This is our best performing Aruncus, hands down. Plants resulted from the New Crop Program at the University of Georgia.

Helleborus ‘Ivory Prince’

What a noble prince, he is! ‘Ivory Prince’ is not the typical Lenten rose we are accustomed to. Rather, this plant adds a deeper purity to the late winter through the early spring, flowering as early as March and into April in our gardens, much like a quiet prelude to the raucous chorus of color yet to come.

This hellebore is a real trooper, blooming for a significantly longer time than its mates. The ivory white petals blush with a light pink and face upright, a wonderful change from the normal pendulous flowers of other hellebores. The foliage also remained fresh all season.

Coreopsis ‘Big Bang Full Moon’

‘Big Bang Full Moon’ has been a very happy camper this year, its first at the Gardens. It has consistently bloomed throughout the year, even in mid November. With fresh lemony petals, one’s nose almost detects a citrus fragrance just from the look of it. The flower is larger in size compared to other coreopsis, giving it the “big bang” effect. We were very impressed with the dark green healthy foliage that remained healthy throughout the summer. We are very pleased to have it in the garden.

Bred by the fine breeder, Darrell Probst, this is the first in his Big Bang series. We look forward to many more.

Gaillardia ‘Commotion Tizzy’ and ‘Commotion Frenzy’

This dynamic duo has caused a whirlwind of enthusiasm at the Gardens this year. The pinwheel-designed flowers are whimsical and tease the eyes while the bright red and yellow shades cheer up even the cloudiest day. The plants have truly been in constant production this year, beginning in late spring and continuing throughout the fall. They do not seem to be at all bothered by the drought conditions affecting the garden as we have seen absolutely no lack of vigor.

These plants are excited to be here and don’t mind shouting about it. Plants resulted from the excellent breeders at Skagit Gardens.

Salvia ‘Sensation Blue’

We received a number of new salvias as experimentals from Jeff McGrew at Kieft and dutifully put them in with the dozen other seed salvias we routinely receive. However, it was apparent that vigor and compact habit had been bred into this series and as they grew, we could not say enough good things about them.

Because they were experimental, we did not share these findings with anyone other than the Kieft Company. We are, however, pleased to recommend ‘Sensation Blue,’ the first to be available in 2009. Compact, heavy flowering, deep blue to purple upright inflorescences and early flowering make this a great choice for spring programs. They had no problem with the heat and humidity of the summer, and we look forward to seeing them again next season.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...
Pleasant View Gardens Savor Edibles

July 22, 2016

Pleasant View Gardens Targets Millennials With Savor Edibles

Taking something as ubiquitous as vegetables and herbs and giving it a fresh new look is no easy task, but Pleasant View Gardens took on the challenge with extensive research and creative marketing.

Read More
Dummen New Columbus Office

July 21, 2016

Dümmen Orange Opens New North American Headquarters In Columbus, OH

The new office, which officially opened during Cultivate’16, supports the company’s vision to be integrated into a vibrant and inspiring community, and provides a bright, modern workspace for its approximately 30 local employees.

Read More
Pollen Free Lisianthus

July 20, 2016

Sakata Seed Develops World’s First Pollen-Free Lisianthus

With no stamen to produce pollen, the new Lisianthus varieties have improved flower durability and the benefit of no scattered pollen that can cause staining of flowers and machines.

Read More
Latest Stories
Pleasant View Gardens Savor Edibles

July 22, 2016

Pleasant View Gardens Targets Millennials With Savor Ed…

Taking something as ubiquitous as vegetables and herbs and giving it a fresh new look is no easy task, but Pleasant View Gardens took on the challenge with extensive research and creative marketing.

Read More
Dummen New Columbus Office

July 21, 2016

Dümmen Orange Opens New North American Headquarters In …

The new office, which officially opened during Cultivate’16, supports the company’s vision to be integrated into a vibrant and inspiring community, and provides a bright, modern workspace for its approximately 30 local employees.

Read More
Pollen Free Lisianthus

July 20, 2016

Sakata Seed Develops World’s First Pollen-Free Lisianth…

With no stamen to produce pollen, the new Lisianthus varieties have improved flower durability and the benefit of no scattered pollen that can cause staining of flowers and machines.

Read More

July 19, 2016

17 New Vegetable Intros For Greenhouse Production

New varieties of edibles introduced at 2016 California Spring Trials offer something for every type of gardener, from the beginning do-it-yourselfer to the hardcore, heirloom-only type. Check out some of the new varieties we saw at Spring Trials this year that will be available for retail in 2017.

Read More
One Earth Edibles From Peace Tree Farm

July 16, 2016

How To Capture Your Share Of The Edibles Market

At Peace Tree Farm, One Earth Edibles represent healthy living on a healthy planet.

Read More
Terra Nova Nurseries Catalog

July 15, 2016

New Product Catalog From Terra Nova Nurseries Designed …

The new catalog, which made its debut at Cultivate’16, offers easy access to organized genera grouped alphabetically, and also by size, color, habit, top sellers, photography, newest varieties, and USDA horticultural zones.

Read More
Pleasant View Open House

July 8, 2016

Pleasant View Gardens And D.S. Cole Growers Hosting Ope…

The 20th annual event will feature new introductions from Proven Winners, as well as annuals, combos, and Pleasant View’s new Savor Edibles and Fragrants line.

Read More
NatureSweet

July 5, 2016

NatureSweet And Ganfer Partner On Tomato Production

The partnership will add more than 250 acres of NatureSweet greenhouse tomato production over the next three years.

Read More
SunPatiens Sakata Medal of Excellence Feature

June 29, 2016

SunPatiens Earns The 2016 Medal Of Excellence In Market…

With its reputation for excellent garden performance from spring to frost, and as a problem-solver for Impatiens Downy Mildew, SunPatiens has become a “hero plant” that helps gardeners succeed.

Read More
Kelly Norris - feature

June 28, 2016

Kelly Norris: Three Variety Trends That Caught My Eye T…

My reflections on promising new plants, the realities of market penetration, and adding value along the supply chain.

Read More
Dr Allan Armitage

June 25, 2016

Three Types Of Plant Consumers To Watch

There are three emerging groups of plant consumers that you should be targeting for plant sales in the future, according to Allan Armitage.

Read More
FleuroStar Award Ceremony

June 20, 2016

Begonia Hybrid ‘Miss Malibu’ Takes Home FleuroStar Awar…

The award from Fleuroselect was announced at the Green Inspiration Event in Amsterdam.

Read More
Caryopteris 'Beyond Midnight Bluebeard'

June 20, 2016

Keep The Sales Coming With 16 New Blooming Varieties Fo…

Plants that put on a show from first frost long into fall and offer the color options consumers want for their gardens go a long way toward extending sales further into the season and can help maintain your sales momentum going strong. Check out these 16 new blooming varieties, both traditional favorites and new alternatives, for your fall crop selection.

Read More
'Osaka' Flowering Cabbage (Sakata Ornamentals)

June 18, 2016

Mark Your Calendar For Sakata Seed Trials In August

Sakata has set two dates for its California-based trials: Aug. 15-17 in Salinas, and Aug. 17-19 in Woodland.

Read More
Tomato Congress Logo

June 15, 2016

International Tomato Congress In Mexico Will Focus On G…

The event, which takes place in San Luis Potosi from July 20-22, will feature discussions on production strategies, cost management in protected structures, and optimizing your greenhouse environment.

Read More
Nir Nursery Wax Flower Pot Plant

June 14, 2016

Danziger Reaches Deal To Distribute Nir Nursery Varieti…

With the agreement, Danziger becomes the exclusive distributor of Nir’s product line, which includes cut flowers, foliage, pot, and garden plants.

Read More

June 14, 2016

Dümmen Orange Expands Its Succulent Offerings Through N…

According to Dümmen Operations Director Kate Santos, succulents are an attractive growth category because of their ease of use, shelf life in stores, drought tolerance, and versatility in application.

Read More
'Osaka' Flowering Cabbage (Sakata Ornamentals)

June 14, 2016

New Cool Season, Vegetable, And Foliage Crops For Fall …

Whether you’re providing pansies and violas to the garden center for fall color or decorative edibles to grace patio containers, consider these 16 varieties for fall crop sales, newly introduced for 2016 and hitting retail in 2017.

Read More
[gravityform id="35" title="false" description="false"]