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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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Perennials 2009 Continued

Here are some great new plants for your use. Enjoy!

Allium and Armeria
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
If you are not using Allium of some sort, you are truly missing out. Besides having beautiful foliage and flowers, they are deer and rabbit resistant. Humans seem to be the only ones who like the smell of onions. What is great and unique about this one is that it flowers in the fall. Move over Asters, there's a new superstar in town! Not that I'm biased or anything, but this plant is cool. In fall when it starts to bloom, the foliage turns orange! This is a great plant to interplant with whatever the rabbits are eating in your yard. It will deter them from coming back! Try it and tell me what you think!

Armeria 'Joystick Lilac Shades'
Sea thrifts, as they are commonly called, offer an exciting new offering to our product line. They can handle salt!!! But....just like anything else, a pound of salt a day on the sidewalk washed onto it, may not be it's greatest environment. One big key to this plant is that it likes good drainage. It would make for an interesting rock garden plant.

Armeria 'Joystick Red'
As with above, this plant can handle some salt. So real rocky, well drained parking lot islands here she comes! One of the things I like most about both of these plants is that their foliage stays nice all year. Dark green, strap-like foliage with spherical blooms late in the season. Both Armeria would look great with dark colored sedums like Sedum 'Hab Gray' or Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'.

Coming up next: New Roses for 2009. We are offering 5 new selections to you this year. But you'll have to check back to make sure you read about them!!!! Have a great day!

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