Monrovia Announces New Plant Varieties for 2006

Sep 21, 2005

Four Exclusive Introductions for Monrovia

Exclusive Introductions:
These four extraordinary introductions are new to the U.S. market and Monrovia will be the exclusive grower for 2006.

Farmington Michaelmas Daisy
Aster novi – belgii ‘Baldco’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 3 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
Dense masses of lilac bloom clusters cover the Farmington Aster from late summer through early fall. The plant’s upright and mounding habit concentrate the flowers for a dazzling display of color. Farmington has a unique deep emerald green leaf that is heavy in texture. This variety is extremely resistant to mildew. While ancient Greeks believed Asters repelled snakes and were an antidote to the venom, today’s gardeners know that they are a must-have in any perennial garden providing wonderful color in late summer and autumn. This stunning new variety is easy to grow in nearly any soil and is ideal in perennial and rock gardens. It will reach 18 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Discovered in the gardens of Jerry Cobb Colley (former co-owner of Siskiyou Rare Plant Nursery), this new cultivar is named after his hometown of Farmington, Kentucky.

Magical® Gold Forsythia
Forsythia x intermedia ‘KolGold’
USDA Cold Zones 5 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
After a long winter, who doesn’t look forward to the bright cheery Forysthias heralding the arrival of spring? Magical® Gold, an exclusive Monrovia introduction, has a stunning, bright gold color with large individual flowers the size of quarters. The plant has a great structure, with a strong, even, upright growth habit reaching four to five feet in height. Magical blooms from the base of the plant to the tip of the branches. While Forysthias are native to eastern Asia, this stunning new variety was a chance discovery in Germany a few years ago by a grower who breeds specifically for the cut flower industry. Magical Gold looks fabulous in a cut flower arrangement, thanks to its uniformity of extra large blooms. It is frost hardy and easy to cultivate in well-drained fertile soil. Remove older shoots when blooming has finished to allow younger growth to arise from base. Full sun.

Vaughn’s Lillie™ Oakleaf Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Vaughn’s Lillie’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 5 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 -9
Large and extraordinarily full heads of pearl-white flowers practically smother this handsome plant, which reaches four feet high and five feet wide. The flower cluster, larger than other quercifolias, emerges a soft, lime green, maturing to pearly white, and then aging to pink blush. Vaugh’s Lillie™ offers year round color in the garden with attractive emerald green foliage that turns a burgandy-red in the fall. In the winter, it maintains interest with exfoliating amber-colored bark. This deciduous Hydrangea is highly resistant to blackspot. Full to partial sun. Vaughn’s Lillie was a chance seedling discovery in Rabun Gap in Northern Georgia, and Monrovia is the exclusive grower of this exciting new variety.

Teenie Geenie® Lantana (formerly known as Tom Thumb Lantana)
Lantana camara ‘Monike’ Teenie Geenie PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 9 -11 AHS Heat Zones 1 -12
The new Tom Thumb Lantana is an extremely dense and compact shrub, reaching to 30 inches in height and 30 inches across. It is one of the most symmetrical Lantanas available in the market today and no pruning is required. It provides a continuous display of festive multi-colored rosette flowers which open chiffon yellow, transitioning to fuchsia pink. This profusion of colorful flowers is year-round in warmer climates, making a superb choice for containers, mass plantings and edging. This easy-care evergreen is drought tolerant and loves full sun.

Semi-Exclusive Introductions: These five plants are new to the U.S. market and Monrovia will be one of just a few growers introducing the plants in 2006.

Color Flash Lime™ Astilbe
Astilbe x arendsii
USDA Cold Zones: 3 – 8 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
On the heels of the successful introduction of Color Flash™ Astilbe comes the new Color Flash Lime™. Its leaves emerge light green and develop an intense yellowing as the season progresses. This plant is ideal for containers, shaded perennial gardens and borders where its vibrant colored leaves provide a flash of color all season long. Great for mass plantings. It will reach 10 inches high and 16 inches wide, with flower spikes towering 10 – 15 inches above the foliage.

Pixie Meadowbrite™ Coneflower
Echinacea ‘CBG Cone 2’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 4 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
Pixie Meadowbrite™ is a delightful encore to the incredibly popular Orange Meadowbrite™ and Mango Meadowbrite™, introduced in recent years. Pixie is a true dwarf Echinacea reaching 18-20 inches tall and 20 inches wide. An adorable mini coneflower, yielding a profusion of pink blooms that sport a yellow-brown center with as many as 15 buds and blooms on a one to two-year-old plant. The petals are horizontal, not pendulous and the blooms sit atop a pencil-thick stalk. The foliage is denser than most echinaceas and has a stunning blue tint. Ideal for perennial borders, rock gardens and containers, Pixie has performed very well in full sun or dappled shade. This introduction from Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicagoland Grows® Program is the result of a tennesseenis x purpurea hybrid that was then crossed with an aungustifolia x tennesseenis hybrid.

Lemon Leigh Spanish Lavender
Lavendula stoechas ‘Lemon Leigh’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 7 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 7 – 9
This fragrant, easy-care perennial displays soft, pale yellow to chartreuse flowers on spikes above blue-gray foliage. The dense, mounding form 20 to 28 inches high, 18 to 36 inches wide make it perfect for dryland borders and perennial gardens, as well as cottage gardens and containers. Place within reach for everyone to enjoy its beauty, extraordinarily heavy fragrance and butterflies that it attracts. Prune old flowers to encourage re-blooming and enjoy prolific flowering from spring into summer. Full sun.

Roman Beauty Rosemary
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Roman Beauty’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 8 – 10 AHS Heat Zones 8 – 10
Roman Beauty is prized for its dwarf, compact habit. Its deep grayish-green foliage forms a tidy mound, but it will cascade in a container or over a low rock wall, making this plant a great addition in any Mediterranean, rock, herb or container garden. Clusters of small, blue bell-shaped flowers appear in May. Use the needle-like leaves for cooking, potpourri and cut flower arrangements. This sun lover is both heat and drought tolerant, once established.

Golden Sunrise™ Spiraea
Spiraea x bumalda ‘Monhud’ PPAF
USDA Cold Zones 4 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
A chance discovery in our Cairo, Georga nursery by one of our craftsmen, Leslie Hudson, this plant is a sport of Goldflame Spirea. Bright yellow foliage matures to yellow-green in summer and turns a coppery-orange in fall. Pink flowers in the summer contrast with the leaves. Golden Sunrise™ displays extraordinary heat tolerance once established. The plant’s compact habit makes it a good choice in the foreground of shrub borders, contrasting nicely with many other colors in the garden. It is a moderate grower, three to four feet tall, spreading wider. Deciduous. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
New for 2006:
We are pleased to be growing these new plant varieties for 2006.
Barbara, Julka and Hania Clematis — A Polish Series
Clematis x Barbara
Clematis x Julka
Clematis x Hania
USDA Cold Zones 4 – 9 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9

This selection of clematis come from the famed Clematis breeder Szcepan Marczynski from Poland. Named after the breeder’s mother, wife, and daughter, they were bred for their vigor, strong structure, and extended blooming period. The flowering cycle has been noted to last five weeks or more, with flowers eight inches across. Clematis love deep fertile soils, and protection from strong winds and hot afternoon sun. Each variety won an award at the 2002 Plantarium Arboricultural Trade Fair in Holland.

Barbara – Vivid purplish pink flowers with an even deeper colored central bar. Very free flowering from May to mid-July and again from August to September. Gold Medal winner

Julka -Velvety violet flowers with deep purple-red bar. Silver medal winner.

Hania – Stunning bi-color variety with velvety purple-red petals with light pink margins. The young foliage has a purple cast. Bronze Medal winner.

Rozanne Hardy Cranesbill
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ PP #12175
USDA Cold Zones 4 – 8 AHS Heat Zones: 1 – 8
This very hardy Geranium was discovered by the famed English plantsman Adrian Bloom. Rozanne provides an incredible display of showy, blue-violet flowers from early spring through to the first frost. Rozanne does not set seed, thus the long blooming period. Medium green foliage is lightly marbled with chartreuse and provides a wonderful background to this garden star. It will reach 15 inches in height and at least three feet across, possibly wider. Evergreen in warmer climates, performing very well in dappled shade or full sun.

Oregon Green Austrian Pine
Pinus nigra ‘Oregon Green’
USDA Cold Zones 4 – 8 AHS Heat Zones 1 – 9
This attractive new variety is a slow-growing selection of Austrian Black Pine, maturing to 10 to 12 feet tall and 8 to 10 feet wide in 10 years. It will reach 18 to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide at maturity. Oregon Green has dark green stiff needles, more numerous than the species. These stiff needles result in less needle drop in the summer. In the spring there is a firework explosion of pearly white candles that come out in clusters. This plant can be used as a stand alone specimen or for a wooded expanse. It is loved by a variety of birds that nest in its dense branches.

Background on Monrovia:
Monrovia is one of the world’s largest producers of container grown plants, with more than 2,000 different varieties. Since it was founded in 1926 by Harry E. Rosedale, the company has introduced hundreds of patented plants, 300 of which are Monrovia exclusives. Monrovia produces more than 22 million plants each year at its nurseries in Visalia Calif., Dayton, Ore., Springfield, Ohio, LaGrange, N.C. and Cairo, Ga. Throughout its history, Monrovia has pioneered many new technologies and new plant introductions. It remains a family owned entity. To find the nearest garden center that carries Monrovia plants, visit www.monrovia.com.

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