Monday, February 25th, 2008...10:57 am

What Are The Newest Plants This Year?

I am sure that TheGardenLady is not alone in wanting to know the newest plants developed for the garden each year.

Does TheGardenLady’s readers want to be the first in his/her area to have these new plants? Or is the gardener looking for just that special plant for just that special area in the garden – a new plant that might be deer resistant or color coordinated, like a hydrangea that changes from pale pink to emerald green, for the special garden or a  plant that grows a special height in the location planted.

To that end of being one of the first to know which plants are coming out in 2008, TheGardenLady has contacted Novalis, the group that introduced the Double Knock Out and Pink Double Knock Out roses.

Hypericum ‘Mystical Beauty’


In recent years Hypericum has risen to the top 50 cut flower stems in the world, making it the most successful berry producing shrub ever. With the introduction of the Mystical Series, you can enjoy Hypericum that were exclusively bred for the cut flower industry in your own garden! What does this  mean? It guarantees beautifully colored fruits on perfectly branched varieties for your enjoyment whether it’s in the garden or as cuts for your home. A large red berried form, Mystical Beauty will fill your fall garden with interest and your floral arrangements with lovely colored hips! Hypericum can be used as a specimen plant or in drifts where they can truly show off. Rust resistant.

  • New rust resistant varieties
  • Bright yellow flowers in spring!
  • Salmon-pink berries are great for floral arrangements in the fall
  • Exposure: Full Sun Spacing: 3’ Average Height: 30-36”
  • Water: Well-drained soils Cold Hardiness: Zones 5-9

 Philadelphus ‘Snow White Sensation’


Once you experience the stimulating fragrance of Philadelphus, you’re spring days will forever be filled with the sweet memory. An old-fashioned favorite, Philadelphus is a deciduous shrub with a graceful, fountain-like habit and snow white blooms of the sweetest fragrance.  Leave it to Novalis to offer a Mock Orange that gives an encore performance! A repeat flowering new  hybrid, Snow White Sensation™ boasts 2” double flowers born in clusters that bloom abundantly in spring and then again in summer.

A versatile shrub with a wide growing range, the pure white, deliciously fragrant flowers are but one great attribute of this under utilized spring-flowering shrub. Attractive foliage on gracefully arching branches guarantees Snow White Sensation™ easy placement in the garden with other flowering shrubs.  What charming impact: A wonderful new addition to the landscape border, with two seasons of flower and dark-green foliage that stands up to summer heat!

  • A repeat bloomer!
  • Double whtie flowers with a citrus-like fragrance
  • Dark-green foliage stands up to summer heat
  • Exposure: Sun to part shade in coastal regions Height: 5-6’
  • Water: Moist, well-drained soils Cold Hardiness: Zones 5-8

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘MysticalTM Emerald’


Emeralds are one of the most fascinating gemstones. Their radiant green color is not only unique as a  precious stone, but also as a Hydrangea. Emerald blooms in the spring with soft-pink flowers, each with a  green eye. As the flowers mature they take on a soft- green color in keeping with the mild days of spring. Like all precious gems, Emerald continues to intensify. The soft-green flower heads take on their emerald-green color, retaining its lively vigor in all its nuances!  Soft-pink blooms fade to emerald-green Dark-green foliage holds up to summer heat A precious gem, guaranteed to stimulate the senses!  A shade plant no garden should be without! 

  • Exposure: Part shade to shade in coastal region
  • Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soils
  • Zones: 5-8
  • Height: 3-4’ 

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