I hope your 2015 is off to a fabulous start! We are excited for another great season in 2015. The winter trade show season is underway and it's a great time to get out and see what is new for perennials, shrubs and trees. Also, see what new projects are on the horizon for our land-grant universities at KSU and CSU along with other rich resources of information too. This is the time of year to tour some of the horticulture highlights in your backyard or, if you are lucky enough, abroad in some tropical location. A visit in the winter gives you a new appreciation for the winter interest in all ornamental horticulture and it also helps chase some of the winter cold awayJ
There are several new plants coming on and we really hope that you are trying them and stocking them in your holding yards. See how they perform. We would love to hear your success stories.
For our 2015 season (although these plants have been around a while), here are just a few that I feel cannot get enough recognition. One of my new favorites for the shrub category is Quince (Chaenomeles)'Double Take Scarlet', 'Double Take Pink' and 'Double Take Orange'. This is not your grandma's Quice (I don't think my Grandma had a quince). The beautiful double blossoms look more like a camellia than a quince. Yep, I said camellia! What a nice treat to find these tough smaller plants (2.5-5') start to bloom somewhere around late February (depending on the year) through April. No thorns or fruit. This plant may need to be sold to your customers but is one worth selling. I don't think anyone will be disappointed.
Lemon Candy Ninebark (Physocarpus) is a new and improved golden leaf ninebark turning from gold to chartreuse in the summer. It can really brighten up the landscape in a dry spot. It matures 5-6' and, once established, will do well in drought tolerant and cold weather situations. Morning sun with afternoon shade will give you best foliage color. Blooming white flowers in late spring, it is reported to be less susceptible to powdery mildew.
Heuchera! These plants are so lovely and versatile and heat tolerant too. We have had the New Carnival series Heuchera for a year or two now and I love all the colors. The newest one for 2015 is Rose Granita. What is that? A tasty adult beverage and a plant too. See recipe link below for the beverage. Be sure to buy the plant when it is ready and available through your Loma Vista Nursery plant resource. Here's a link for an article on heucheras by Sheila.
Happy plant hunting and preparing for the 2015 season. Please stop by and say hello at the Pro Green Expo. Lyndsi and I will be in booth #749.