|Illumination Flame Digiplexis|
After seeing the plants up close at the show, here are a few of my favorites:
|Persian Spire Parrotia|
- Persian Spire™ Parrotia – I’m ready to dig up my current Parrotia and replace it with this gem. In addition to fall color, it’s substantially more compact, has better form and offers purple-tinted leaf margins all season.
|Skinny Genes Oak|
- Skinny Genes® Oak – Aside from the very clever name, this is an improved form of Crimson Spire™ Oak, which I have planted in my garden and thoroughly enjoy. It’s even more columnar (to only 10 feet wide) with greater foliage density.
- Chinese Schefflera – I’m always on the lookout for interesting plants that perform in the shade. This appears to fit the bill. This Schefflera delavayi is hardy to USDA Zone 7. Leaves emerge covered in a coppery indumentum and can reach two feet in length. It’s been available from a few specialty retail nurseries, but should now be more widely available.
|Mint Crisp |
- Mint Crisp Variegated Honeysuckle – The cream-and-green-speckled leaves make this plant “adorable.” The fact that it climbs to only 10 feet makes it manageable. The fragrant flowers that bloom from June through October make Mint Crisp memorable. The fact that the best foliage display is when it is planted in light-dappled or part-shade conditions make it a must have. I managed to snag one to see how it will perform in my garden!
Three expert judges chose Monrovia’s Wild Swan™ Anemone (Anemone x ‘Macane001’ USPP #25132) as Best of Show because of its usefulness in the landscape: it’s more compact, more of a clumper than a spreader and it has the lovely lilac-blue color on the back of the white petals. Four other plants were named Plants of Merit: Illumination Flame Digiplexis (Digitalis Illumination Flame), Variegated Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Sheri’s Cloud’), Persian Spire™ Parrotia (Parrotia persica ‘JLColumnar’ PPAF), and Scarlet Ovation™ Evergreen Huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum ’Vacsid 1’ PPAF, CPBRAF).
|Variegated Black Gum|
|Scarlet Ovation Evergreen|
|Wild Swan Anemone|