May 23, 2010

Maine Gardener: New beauties to plant this season catch the eyes of garden experts

By Tom Atwell tatwell@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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The Vanilla Strawberry, a pink and white variegated hydrangea, is a new plant expected to be popular this year.

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Pink Annabelle hydrangea

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TOM’S TIP

YOU SHOULD start hitting your Asiatic and Oriental lilies with a systemic pesticide to keep them from being eaten by the lily leaf beetles. We have seen them on the newly emerging lilies already.

 

Moving to smaller plants, Estabrook singles out the Pretty Much Picasso supertunia.

"The blooms are a bright color purple with a lime green edge to it," he said. "It seems to be really popular."

Another plant catching people's eyes is a David Austin rose called Golden Celebration, which has a double yellow bloom.

And Estabrook said there have been some big improvements in clematis, mentioning 'Anna Louise,' 'Sugar Candy' and 'Liberation' as especially good.

"They range from purples to pinks to whites, a real nice broad spectrum of flowers, 6 inches across, and they are all in bloom right now."

One other woody Estabrook is high on is Bloomerang lilac, which will rebloom later in the summer.

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Moody is trying some interesting things with fruit trees.

"We have sold, for a while, three apple varieties on one tree," she said. "A new one for us is three-in-one cherries. That solves the problem of cross-pollination for people who don't have a lot of room. You have several varieties grafted on one tree."

They also sell different varieties of blueberries potted together, and married male and female blue hollies, so people actually get berries.

Others she mentioned are Hosta 'Sun Power,' which has gold-colored leaves and does swell in the sun; the red and purple versions of the Stella d'Oro reblooming daylily and Coppertina, a smaller-than-average, copper-leaved physocarpus or ninebark.

Bedard said Kelly Tarbox, who owns Springvale Nurseries, wanted to make sure she mentioned Supertunia Citrus.

"It's a new color, with a deep yellow throat going to lime green and a paler yellow, ruffled edge," she said. "It's really been a hot seller."

Glowing magenta Oenothera, or evening primrose, jumps out in the nursery, Bedard said. It is a mounding variety with vivid, bright pink flowers

And finally, she likes the perennial Mukdenia.

"I might have mentioned this last year, but I grew it myself and I like it even more," Bedard said. "It is hardy in sun or shade, has a beautiful white flower, and an interesting shaped leaf that turns bright red in the fall. It is a true three-season perennial."

 

Tom Atwell can be contacted at 791-6362 or at:

tatwell@pressherald.com

 

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Little Lime hydrangea

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'Shiloh Splash,’ a variegated river birch, stands out in a landscape.

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'Red Licorice’ fothergilla, left, produces white flowers and grows 6 to 8 feet tall.

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Pretty Much Picasso supertunia

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A David Austin rose called Golden Celebration

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The "Anna Louise" clematis

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'Sugar Candy’ is a lovely example of improvements in clematis, according to Tom Estabrook of Estabrook’s in Yarmouth.

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The new Bloomerang lilac will rebloom later in the summer.

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Supertunia Citrus



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