The nine new varieties for 2014 are exclusive or semi-exclusive to Monrovia.
AZUSA, Calif. – Monrovia, the leading grower of premium plants, is introducing nine exclusive and semi-exclusive new varieties for 2014. "We partner with the best breeders and plant hunters like Dan Hinkley to uncover improved varieties," says Nicholas Staddon, director of new plants. "We look for plants that are healthier, hardier and easier to care for – plus those with outstanding color, shape, flowers and foliage."
Monrovia's latest offerings include three selections added to the Dan Hinkley Collection, two from the U.S. National Arboretum and four discovered by craftsmen at one of Monrovia's nurseries. Below are details on the stars for 2014, alphabetical by botanical name.
Callistemon Scarlett Torch Bottlebrush
Callistemon rigidus 'RutCall' P.P.A.F.
USDA Zones 8 - 11
This new variety has the largest, bright red flowers we've seen on any Bottlebrush, and is favorable to hummingbirds. It blooms from late spring through summer and intermittently year-round in frost-free climates. This easy-care evergreen shrub has gray-green foliage and makes a fantastic hedge or pruned as a small tree. From breeder Dr. John Ruter at the University of Georgia, this floriferous Bottlebrush has a compact form that is perfect for smaller landscapes. It will reach nine feet tall and 12 feet wide in 10 years. Full sun.
Nikko Blush Deutzia
Deutzia x 'Nikko Blush' (NA74356)
USDA Zones 5 - 8
A new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this plant will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall color. Deciduous. Moderate growing to six to eight feet tall and six feet wide.
Windcliff Slaty Blue Lenten Rose
Helleborus x 'Windcliff Slaty Blue'
USDA Zones 4 - 9
Grown from seed collected at Dan Hinkley's Windcliff gardens, this winter-blooming favorite is named for its rare and unusual slate-blue colored flowers on tall, robust stems. A very adaptable and hardy, deer-proof perennial, it is well-suited for woodland garden or dappled shade borders. Gray-green foliage forms clumps 15 to 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide. The strong flower stems hold up well in cut flower arrangements.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monmar' P.P.A.F.
USDA Zone 5 - 9
Enchantress upstages other reblooming Hydrangeas with huge mophead flowers atop ruby-black stems. Blooming on old and new wood, clusters are up nine inches across; blue in acid soils, pink in alkaline soils. The tall, dark stems are pencil thick, making excellent cut flowers in an arrangement or for drying. The stems are stunning against the flowers as they fade to cream-splashed green. The ruby-colored stems look nice all winter. Great in warmer climates and cold hardy to Zone 5. A rounded habit, it will reach three to five feet tall and wide. Superb for a container, accent, specimen, or border. Deciduous.
Lionel Fortescue Mahonia
Mahonia x media 'Lionel Fortescue'
USDA Zones 5 – 9
New to our Dan Hinkley Collection is this larger-growing Mahonia, featuring sprays of fragrant yellow flowers that appear in late fall through winter. When not in flower, this stunning evergreen shrub has a statuesque, upright branching structure with thick, lustrous, fern-shaped leaves. Shiny blue-black berries mature by late summer or autumn. With excellent resistance to black stem rust, this easy-care selection is perfect for a woodland setting or wildlife garden. A moderate grower, it will reach seven to 10 feet tall and four to five feet wide.
Brookside Miniature Lily of the Valley
Pieris japonica 'Brookside Miniature
USDA Zones 6 – 9
This slow-growing, dwarf evergreen shrub has plentiful clusters of fragrant white flowers in early spring. The small, tight foliage emerges chartreuse before maturing to green. Its small stature makes it a perfect choice for small spaces. Slow growing, reaching two to three feet tall and wide. Partial to full sun.
Formosan Fingers Pittosporum
Pittosporum illiciodes 'MonToroko'
USDA Zones 7 – 10
An excellent, compact selection made by Dan Hinkley, this rare, evergreen species was discovered in Taiwan. This handsome, upright evergreen shrub is clad with remarkably long and narrow eight-inch leaves on a moderately sized framework. Slightly fragrant creamy white flowers in spring result in resplendent crops of orange-red berries in autumn. Striking as a specimen, or in a mass planting. Reaches up to six feet tall and wide.
Tasman Ruffles Pittosporum
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tasman Ruffles'
USDA Zones 7 - 10
One of the best and hardiest selections of this New Zealand native species, this evergreen shrub has clean, creamy white marginated foliage on a dense, conical framework reaching 10 feet tall. Another great addition to our Dan Hinkley Collection, it is certainly one of the most distinctive, tidy and low maintenance hedging plants for a contemporary garden setting.
Golden Duchess Eastern Hemlock
Tsuga canadensis 'MonKinn' P.P.A.F.
USDA Zones 4 - 7
The crowning glory of the Golden Duchess is the brilliant golden yellow foliage on graceful, arching branches. A dwarf shrub with an outstanding low, mounding form, this new selection shows improved sun tolerance. A wonderful choice for woodland, rock garden or container specimen, plant in mass for a truly dramatic effect. It will reach three to four feet tall and three to five feet wide. Prefers a dappled shade position in the garden. This selection was discovered at Monrovia's Oregon nursery by craftsman Ron Kinney as a sport of Tsuga canadensis.
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