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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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jeepers Creepers!

Jeepers Creepers,

In 2008, we entered the year with the same line of Jeepers Creepers as we did in 2007. By popular demand, we have new plants for the program this year!!! Unfortunately, we do not have good pictures for these plants. So, this space is being used to let you know what new plants are down low and fun to grow! I'll do my best to describe them.

The list goes as this!

Chrysogonum virginianum: One of my favorite additions to the lineup. We originally looked at this plant for the regular line, but decided to place it here first and see what happens. The foliage is a very nice green with golden flowers. The plant stands about 12" tall and is slightly upright. The bees love it, so it may not be something to plant in hopes of being able to walk on it unless you are imune to bee stings. But at 12", walking on it may be uncomfortable anyways.
Dianthus deltoides 'Confetti Carmine Rose': This Dianthus is more prostrate. Unlike the myriads of Dianthus being put on the market with steel blue foliage and amazing flower color variation, this one has green, grass-like foliage and spreads rather than clumps. Pink flowers in summertime.
Dianthus deltoides 'Confetti Deep Red': This is very similar to Dianthus 'Brilliant.' From what I've seen of the plant, the flowers are a much deeper red. This should be a great seller for the garden centers. Who could resist a short deep red flower? If you can resist it, what would happen if we put a little lady bug next to it? That's right! Red flowers and lady bugs! Irresistible!
Muehlenbeckia axillaris: Creeping wire vine. Tiny round leaves on very wiry stems. Foliage is evergreen to zone 6. Because of it's wiriness, it could be considered a trip hazard for patios. Perennials.com says it's too vigorous for the rock garden or perennial border, so planting this one as a bank stabilizer or creeping over a wall would be best.
Phuopsis stylosa: This is another selection that I'm excited to have in our line. The common name is creeping crosswort. I would describe this plant as having foliage similar to Galium, and flowers similar to Allium. Seems like a great combo to me! One side note is that when the foliage is crushed, it has a very musky smell. So, maybe not the best plant for flagstone steppers. But creeping through your perennial garden, this could be a real winner!
Thymus praecox Nutmeg-scented Selection: This is a very low growing Thyme with foliage scented like....can you guess....NUTMEG!!!! In production, I could catch a hint of nutmeg, but it still has it's sweet and spicy creeping thyme fragrance in the background. Deep pink flowers cover the green foliage and are attractive to butterflies.

I apologize for the lack of pictures for this edition. I will do my best to refrain from posts like this in the future. Until next time, have a great day!

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