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    March 2003 Archives


    With winter almost over many of us are looking forward to the new plant introductions that will be available come spring. I have been trialing some of these new plants in my greenhouse this year and am anxious for the arrival of spring so that they can be placed into the yard and enjoyed by all.

    One of the biggest joys I have being a garden writer is the option to see these plants first and share my opinion with you. The first plant I wish to talk about is Campanula ‘Kelly’s Gold’ a plant that first came from a garden in Bainbridge Island and was introduced into the trade by Kelly Dodson of Reflective Gardens in Poulsbo, WA. This plant is now available from Terra Nova Nurseries.

    Upon receiving this tiny plant last spring, I immediately placed it into my garden, watered it in and waited. The first thing I noticed was that is it going to be a spreader. It definitely was putting out new shoots long before it began to grow upwards.

    The golden foliage on this plant makes it worth growing without mention of the white flowers which are kissed with blue on the edges. Overall I really like this plant. It gives brightness to the garden that typical green foliage cannot. It is hardy in zones 4 through 9. Once it was established in my garden it has been an extremely carefree plant.

    From the Euro American Proven Winners selection we will be seeing the introduction of two new Angelonia Angelface varieties. Angelonia ‘Blue’ and ‘Blue Bi-Color’ will be making their way into our hearts this spring with their cheery flowers. The real plus to these two plants though is that they flower continuously and are also carefree once established even in pot culture.

    These Angelonias are both heat tolerant and will grow happily in full sun. I placed one in full sun and the other in part shade. They both seemed to thrive equally well. They were introduced into my garden in August during a time that other plants were having trouble thriving, however these little beauties came through with shining stars.

    An All-American Selection Winner for 2003, Carnation F1 Hybrid ‘Can Can Scarlet’ definitely deserves to be grown in your garden. Introduced by Sakata Seeds, this plant has received honors from the All-American Selection committee as well as Fleuroselect.

    ‘Can Can Scarlet’ flowers freely from mid-spring through summer and has a delightful spicy fragrance. It has a good branching habitat and strong stems. This plant is perfect for addition in a flower bed border or as a container plant. In cool climates it should be treated as an annual.

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