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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Astilbe 'Vision in Red' with Hosta 'Patriot' and Carex 'Ice Dance'

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

Hello all!

It has been some time since my last post. Motivation to get pictures with snow on the ground just wasn't high enough. So, for the next many weeks, I'll be highlighting what is new for 2009 from our catalog. Some of the plants we were selling last year, 2008. But they've still earned a place right here! Without further ado.

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'
I wanted to be able to show the whole group of Agastache. Then you can really see the difference. This is the original Midwest Groundcovers product offering. It has done very well in our climate for 5 years now! Very tough 3'-4' upright growing plant. Pale purple flowers over medium green foliage. Common name is Anise Hyssop because of it's scented foliage and flowers.

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee'
This plant grows very similarly to A. 'Blue Fortune'. It grows 3'-4' tall and wide with very nice anise-scented foliage. Foliage is bright chartreuse with bluish-purple flowers. I'm not always tickled by plants with yellow foliage. Especially those with purple flowers, but this one does a nice job. This is a fabulous plant for attracting butterflies and songbirds. I've even seen an occasional hummingbird fly to it. Combine with Panicum 'Dewey Blue' for a striking show of blue and yellow.

Agastache 'Black Adder'
This is for those of you that like it on the dark side. Again, it has anise-scented foliage that is dark green. But the highlight is in the flower. Much darker than other Agastache on the market. 'Black Adder' looks fantastic with Achillea 'Moonshine', Schizachyrium Blue HeavenTM or Leucanthemum 'Becky'. The biggest concern with these plants is that they like good drainage. Wet feet will kill an Agastache.

This is the first of many. Keep an eye out for more information on our 2009 New plants! Until next time, Happy New Year, and I hope you have a great day!

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