LAWNDALE CALIF. – Four new plants are slated for U.S. introduction in 2010 by Anthony Tesselaar Plants.
Phormium ‘Black Adder’
Tall, dark, and dramatic, Phormium ‘Black Adder’ is a burgundy-black spike of glossy sword-leaves shooting upward from the base, notable for its blacker-than-ever color, elegant architectural form and drought- and wind-tolerance. Hardy to Zone 8, ‘Black Adder’ grows to just 3’ with a slight curve at the tips. Unlike its parent, Phormium cookianum ‘Platt’s Black,’ ‘Black Adder’ is a strong, healthy grower suited to exposed conditions and coastal planting; it can also be overwintered indoors.
This first-ever black-foliaged ceanothus, or California lilac, made its U.S. debut in California last year, and will be available across the U.S. in 2010. Powder-blue flowers provide a contrast against glossy, deep purple-black foliage in a shrub that grows to 8’ x 6’ and blooms in the fall. ‘Tuxedo’ is also drought-tolerant, able to handle a windy slope and well-behaved when it comes to pruning.
Fairy Magnolia ‘Blush’
Fairy Magnolia ‘Blush’ delivers lilac-pink, fragrant flowers, preceded by russet-colored buds and accompanied by evergreen foliage resembling a camellia without the gloss. ‘Blush’ is an upright, compact, bushy shrub that reaches 8’ high and 6’ wide. Hardy in Zones 7b through 10, it blooms in late winter to early spring when sited in full sun to partial shade.
Hydrangea ‘Strawberries and Cream’
First presented as a gift idea in a Mother’s Day sneak peek in 2009, Hydrangea ‘Strawberries and Cream’ makes its available-all-season debut in 2010. A striking, dark rosy-red, white-centered lacecap Hydrangea macrophylla, ‘Strawberries and Cream’ is compact at 3’ to 4’, prefers some shade, and will delight either as a long-lived indoor container plant or a border or specimen planting outdoors. Hardy to Zone 7, the plant will be marketed by Tesselaar as an ideal plant for gift-giving and will be packaged as a ready-for-the-table centerpiece.
All new plants can be viewed here: http://tesselaar.coolid.com