Mar 2, 2009
Exciting New Plants Selected by Renowned Plant Explorer
Monrovia has announced a new plant collection for early summer 2009, stemming from its recent partnership with renowned plant explorer, Dan Hinkley.
The much-awaited collection, beginning with seven exclusive and semi-exclusive varieties, is the tip of the iceberg of future Monrovia-Hinkley collaborations, and features a frost-hardy Abutilon, four stunning Fuchsia, a winter-hardy Disporopsis and a Red-Leafed Mukdenia.
Dan Hinkley is well known throughout the horticulture industry for his ability to identify plants that perform admirably in climates across North America. Not only does he travel the world seeking unusual and exotic plants, but he trials them as a hands-on gardener to evaluate their performance in the garden; of special concern is that his introductions do not possess the potential for bio-invasiveness.
“Monrovia is so fortunate to be partnering with Dan and to add his hand-selected treasures to our inventory,” said Nicholas Staddon, director of Monrovia's New Plants Team.
“The propagation greenhouse in our Oregon nursery is teeming with row upon row of the 250 new cultivars we are trialing…each a Dan Hinkley discovery. Of these possibilities, only the most resilient, most striking candidates will enter production and become a Monrovia Distinctively Better® plant.” Below are details about the first-ever Dan Hinkley Collection by Monrovia:
Abutilon x hybridum 'Cascade Dawn'
Cascade Dawn Abutilon
Zone: 8 – 11
Selected from Dan Hinkley's Windcliff Garden, this frost tolerant selection has reddish-orange, lantern-like flowers that bloom from spring to autumn. This semi-evergreen shrub has an upright habit and will grow quickly to six- to eight-feet tall and wide. Preferring full sun to partial shade, this lovely plant looks great in the background border with light colored flowers and foliage planted below. A Monrovia exclusive.
Disporopsis pernyi 'Sichuan Jade'
Sichuan Jade Solomon's Seal
Zone: 7 – 9
This tough-as-nails evergreen perennial is winter hardy with beautiful foliage and flowers. Lance-shaped leaves are a glossy, dark green with recessed, parallel veins. In spring, each leaf axial gives way to a superb white bell-like flower, which are held on arching shoots 15 inches tall. Best placed in dappled shade, it will slowly spread 24 inches in 10 years. In the garden, it's an elegant clumping perennial with great garden versatility. A Monrovia exclusive.
Fuchsia excorticata 'Kiwi Sheen'
Kiwi Sheen Fuchsia
Zone: 8 – 10
A superb New Zealand tree fuchsia selected by Dan Hinkley for its rosy-red foliage and metallic sheen. In spring and summer months, it produces deep burgundy flowers that are small but charming. Mature specimens have attractive cinnamon colored, exfoliating bark. Planted in dappled shade, this small deciduous tree will grow 10 feet tall and wide. In the garden, it's ideally placed near the edge of shaded canopy to be admired and visited by hummingbirds. A Monrovia exclusive.
Fuchsia genii 'Aurea'
Zone 7 – 9
This frost hardy Fuchsia is grown for its radiant lime-yellow foliage on contrasting red stems and its brilliant cherry-red and purple flowers. Best positioned in the garden with partial shade and combined with plants that have deep green foliage. Benefiting from an annual pruning, this garden star will grow four feet tall and wide. Its light colored foliage will surely liven up a shady area in the garden! A Monrovia exclusive.
Zone: 7 – 9
This rare Fuchsia is winter hardy and is grown for its magical flowers and reliable garden performance. From late spring to late autumn, dainty pure white flowers with green tips dangle from its limbs like a chandelier. Dark green foliage complements its flowers and prefers a sunny or partial shade location in the garden.
Fuchsia magellanica 'Windcliff Flurry'
Windcliff Flurry Fuchsia
Zone: 7 – 9
Dan Hinkley made this selection for its exceptional display of brilliant red and purple flowers and improved winter hardiness. Preferring full sun to partial shade, it is a durable garden plant and will grow 6 feet tall and wide. Blooming for several months, it is irresistible to hummingbirds and a great addition to a background border. A Monrovia exclusive.
Mukdenia rossi 'Crimson Fans' ('Karasuba')
Zone 4 – 9
This interesting plant has striking fan shaped leaves that emerge bright green in spring, gradually changing to bronze-green with a bright red coloration. Blooming during the summer months, it produces panicles of white bell-shaped flowers. As a deciduous perennial, it prefers full sun to partial shade and will slowly develop a clump 12 inches tall. This plant looks happy naturalized in a woodland garden or it can be displayed in a patio container.
NOTE: Photos available upon request
About Dan Hinkley:
In addition to his plant travels, Dan has authored several books including Winter Ornamentals, The Explorers Garden: Rare and Unusual Perennials, and Making Heronswood. Dan is also a popular columnist for well known gardening magazines and a frequent horticultural expert on many television shows. During his career, Dan has received many honors and lifetime achievement awards from highly respected US horticultural organizations. In 2007, he was recognized internationally by HRH Princess Alexandra with the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal from England's Royal Horticultural Society. Despite his busy travel schedule and international notoriety, Dan is most at home digging in the soil at Windcliff, his bluff-top garden overlooking Puget Sound.
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, more than 200 of which are Monrovia exclusives. Monrovia plants are shipped to independent garden centers nationwide from its nurseries in Visalia and Venice Hills, 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 monrovia.com.