More tempting 2019 plant introductions

Fri. Mar. 15, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min Garden Bite radio show:  More tempting 2019 plant introductions

Since it’s Friday, let’s end the week the way we started it!  With some wonderful brand spankin’ new plant introductions coming to a nursery near you!  

These plants are perfect for our Upper Midwest climate!  This new plant, the first of it’s kind developed by plant breeder Proven Winners, really is smokin’!!!

Smokebush ‘Winecraft’ by Proven Winners

It’s called ‘Winecraft Black’ and it’s a smokebush that made everyone in the audience gasp!  In spring, round leaves emerge rich purple but as summer’s heat comes on, they turn a deep near-black tone and finally light up in an array of reds and oranges in fall.

leaf detail

In early summer, large, soft panicles of bloom appear that become the misty “smoke” that makes this such a popular landscape plant.

Smokebush ‘Winecraft’ flowering

Instead of flopping, this 4 to 6 foot shrub has a natural rounded habit!  Plant in full sun as a specimen plant or mass in a hedge.

There are lots of new heuchera to choose from this year including ‘Wildberry’.  This plant has a lot of wow factor!  

Heuchera ‘Wildberry’ by Proven Winners

This guy grows about 14 inches tall in part shade to shade.  Large, scalloped, incredibly glossy leaves are a bold shade of purple. Charcoal veins accent the leaves. The flowers last up to 2 weeks in a vase.  Here’s a tip, if the shank (aka crown) of your heuchera is inching up out of the soil, bury it! Yes, Debbie says bury it.  Here’s some great info from the Greenfingered blog.

Heuchera crown coming up out of the soil

And one more for the road… it’s a hosta.  Just when you think you’ve seen them all, here comes ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’.  

Hosta ‘Lakeside Paisley Print’ photo by Walters Gardens

It’s the Hosta Growers Hosta of the Year and it’s corrugated foliage is heart-shaped with very wide, wavy, green margins.  The narrow, creamy white markings in the center of the leaves shoot out in a feathery pattern. Slugs don’t like this hosta!  The thicker, corrugated foliage is bothersome to them!