Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Great plants are in your future…

I asked several wholesale nurseries to share what they think are the up and coming hot plants. Several new barberries are on the market that are smaller in stature and offer excellent foliage color. This selection is a Plant Haven introduction called ‘Admiration’ and is grown by Van Essen Nursery, a wholesale grower located in Lebanon, Oregon. Another is offered by Monrovia called ‘Golden Ruby’. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of barberries (although I do have three lovely small chartreuse barberry “buns” in my front yard that I enjoy), but the coloration and the small size of these new introductions cause me to reconsider. Do you have a favorite Berberis? Send photos!

Berberis thunbergii 'Admiration'
This compact and colorful deciduous shrub offers glossy, oval leaves that are a vibrant contrast of purple-orange-red with a yellow edging. The coloration holds throughout the summer. Grows to 2 ft. by 2 ft.; no pruning is necessary to keep it compact. Excellent as a container plant but due to its small size, any size landscape should be able to accommodate it. It is hardy to USDA Zone 5 and adapts to many soil types. Sun exposure would be best for the most intense coloration. In the Northwest, look for it in the larger garden centers in spring 2010.

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