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Meet Our 2019 Featured Plants: The Best of Both Science and Nature

Meet Our 2019 Featured Plants: The Best of Both Science and Nature

Meet Our 2019 Featured Plants: The Best of Both Science and Nature
SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl Helianthus flowers and text that reads,

Each year, we select a group of plants from all of the varieties that we grow that are so special, unique, and groundbreaking, that we call them our “featured” plants.

What makes a plant a Monrovia “featured” plant? They are innovative selections, most often the result of superior breeding or a naturally occurring genetic variation. While breeders work to enhance the best attributes of a plant, some plants change and adapt to their environments developing new traits and features that help them to survive and thrive. Our featured plants heralds the best of all of this science and nature.

From solution-sized shrubs, plants that respond to a changing climate, and edibles beautiful enough to be considered ornamental, only the most cutting edge selections make the list. Some are newer while others have an unbroken history of success. When you grow more than 3,000 different varieties of remarkable plants – each a leader in their category – to be chosen as a Monrovia “featured” plant is quite the distinction!

SunBelievable™ Brown Eyed Girl Helianthus
Annual, Zone: 11

1,000 blooms over the season from early summer to the first hard frost!  This new, ground breaking, international award-winner has a multi-branching habit and remarkable flower power even on cloudy days. Heat tolerant, too. Full sun. Up to 32″ tall,  40″ wide.

Chansonette’s Blush Camellia

Chansonette’s Blush Camellia
Zone: 7 – 9

Unique new plant with light-pink flowers was discovered as a sport, growing on a Camellia sasanqua ‘Chansonette’, at a Monrovia nursery. Full shade to filtered sun. Up to 3′ tall, 8′ wide.

Lemon Puff Shasta Daisy

Lemon Puff Shasta Daisy
Zone: 4 – 9

A new variation on a cottage staple with double flowers of soft lemon yellow petals and darker golden yellow centers on a compact plant with a tight, low habit. Full sun. Up to 18″ tall and wide.

Little Joker® Ninebark

Little Joker® Ninebark
Zone: 4 – 8

Award-winning shrub notable for deep-burgundy stems and mildew-resistant dark-burgundy foliage; pale pink button flowers in spring and summer. Partial shade to full sun. Up to 4′ tall and wide.

Zestful™ Lollipop Grape

Zestful™ Lollipop Grape
Zone: 7 – 9 

One of a series of new grapes cultivated for the home garden with fruits that are larger and sweeter than typical red seedless table grapes. Fast up to 25′ each year. Full sun.

Seaside Serenade® Cape Hatteras Hydrangea

Seaside Serenade® Cape Hatteras Hydrangea
Zone: 4 – 9

One of a series of new hydrangeas bred with superior traits including thicker stems and repeat bloom. Up to 3.5′ tall and 3′ wide. Partial shade to filtered sun.

Bonsai Blue Jacaranda

Bonsai Blue Jacaranda
Zone: 9 – 11

It’s a true nature “moment’ in warmer zones when the Jacaranda are in bloom; this brings all the beauty and drama in a smaller scale plant for the home garden. Full sun. Up to 12′ tall, 8′ wide.

Grace N’ Grit™ Yellow Shrub Rose

Grace N’ Grit™ Yellow Shrub Rose
Zone: 4 – 9

Innovative new series of own-root roses with outstanding disease resistance and proven to thrive coast to coast in heat and humidity as well as dry, hot summers. Full sun. Up to 5′ tall, 4′ wide.

Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive

Little Ollie® Dwarf Olive
Zone: 8 – 11

We’ve been growing this plant for several decades and continue to be awed by its graceful, multi-branching habit and silvery-green leaves. Heat, drought and salt tolerant, too. Full sun. Up to 6′ tall and wide.

Chateau™ d’Amboise Rose of Sharon

Chateau™ d’Amboise Rose of Sharon
Zone: 5 – 9

Innovative new series of Rose of Sharon with blooms that cover stems from top to bottom. Right-sized for borders and island beds. Partial to full sun. Up to 6′ tall, 4′ wide.

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