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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Saturday, April 16, 2011

April Showers

Hello again, Happy Spring everyone. This weeks post will be shorter than normal. The rain has made it difficult to get good photos. And luckily, business has started to pick up a little so that takes my time as well. Without further ado, here are the plants.

Forsythia Show Off® In my estimation, this is the year of the Forsythia. They look absolutely great. Most have been flowering since we had the 80 degree plus days a couple weeks ago. The cooler weather we've been having ever since has kept the blooms looking fresh as ever. This particular variety is a Proven Winner® ColorChoice® Shrub. It only grows 4-6' tall and has a very upright habit perfect for placing among perennials in a bed.

Forsythia 'Kumson' Another Forsythia looking great right now is the 'Kumson'. This variety is known for its venation on the foliage. White veins contrast very nicely with the dark green foliage. What is particularly interesting about this plant is that it has bloomed again in the fall each year it has been in the garden. Talk about a show off! This one grows 6-8' tall and spreads even wider. It prefers full sun, but can handle some shade as well. In full shade, the venation will go away and you'll have solid green foliage.

Bergenia 'Winterglow' I was pleasantly surprised to see the Bergenia blooming this morning. It's nice dark pink flowers barely reached above the soil. Later the squeaky foliage offers something great for a children's garden. The common name for this plant is Pigsqueak, because when you rub the foliage together it makes a pig snort like sound.
Pulmonaria 'Blue Ensign' This is a plant that has been in the trial garden for three years now. When we first saw photos we were very excited. A very vivid blue flower on an all green foliage. Unfortunately, we were unable to get liners back then, or it would have made the product line. Now it's back to the drawing board. Would you buy a Pulmonaria that did not have spots or white on the leaves? Let us know. If you want Midwest Groundcovers to grow it, you'll have to speak up. Thanks in advance! Thanks once again for taking the time to read. Until next time, have a great day!

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