There's so much that changes in the MG landscape throughout the year...we thought a plant trial and garden blog was the best way to start sharing "what's new" and "what's happening with all those new varieties" with you! Visit often for updates on how trial plants are performing in the gardens and to see photos throughout the season as we grow and change!

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Spring Meadow Visit

Thursday, August 9th, Midwest Groundcovers accession group attended a tour at Spring Meadow Nurseries and Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadows personal garden. It was quite an experience looking at some of the upcoming plants that will be featured by Spring Meadow in the near future. Some of the more interesting varieties we saw were:
Kolkwitzia Dream Catcher(TM)
These were very large specimens growing in dappled light. Looked like a good sub for Rhus Grow-Low to me. It does have considerably more color than Grow-Low and shouldn't be in as much sun as Growlow, but if you have that part shaded spot, this could be a plant for you!

Hydrangea Limelight displayed very nicely in a container! Shrubs in large containers is a big thing up there, and obviously they know what they're doing. Wouldn't you want that in your yard?

As you can see by Dan Guiborat's face, this is a big Hydrangea! It is now nameless, but should be on the market in the next couple of years. It dwarfs the flowers of Annabelle, and as you can see, they still are held upright. "They tilted a little after a hard rain when the flowers were establishing" said Dale Deppe. From my perspective, it was still very impressive!

My Monet(TM) Weigela
The big push at Spring Meadow has been their introduction of My Monet(TM) Weigela. This was planted all over their gardens and would have been difficult not to have grabbed our attention. What do you think?

Thinking outside the box, here is Caryopteris Sunshine Blue with Weigela Wine & Roses being used as bedding plants. Very effective in the landscape.

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