Monrovia PLANT SAVVY
February 2016
Finally! As the garden wakes from winter slumber, it’s time to treat yourself to a few special, lavish, luxe, romantic plants that set your heart aflutter (order now from shopmonrovia.com). A grove of camellias. A pair of spiral topiary. Ferns trussed up like modern sculpture. Designer Jan Johnsen of Mt. Kisco, NY’s Johnsen Landscapes & Pools, shows the power of go-big, grand gestures with this spectacular layered planting of Pink Double Knock Out® Rose, Rugosa roses, Variegated Japanese Silver Grass, Maiden grass and Sargent’s Juniper. We’re feeling the love.

In the pink

From barely-there blush to throbbing cerise, pink is a color chameleon that warms up cool silvers and whites and cools down hot yellows and chartrueses. Here are 28 of our favorite pink-flowering stunners. Mix and match for a long season of rosy-bloom.

Have fun with ferns

Whether adding color to a serene woodland setting, slipped into a vertical wall or trussed-up in a Japanese mud ball (shown) FERNS are fun fodder for shady spaces. Here are five creative ways to use these typically easygoing and fuss-free plants.

What's Hot in 2016?

Love being the first to know? Check out our 2016 garden trends report. We think you’ll be happy to hear that compact and dwarf versions of new and beloved plants (perfect for pots and smaller spaces) and a renewed love affair with old-fashioned favorites are key trends.

Evergreen daylilies

Daylily’s strappy, grassy foliage is such a useful foil in beds and borders. Why not choose one that’s evergreen? Our Starburst® series daylilies stay a rich green right through winter, are hardy to zone 7 and boast yelloworange or red blooms from summer into fall.

Splurge-worthy

Punctuating your garden with distinctive, special plants (such as our collection of edibles that have been bred to have more flavor, better fruit color, greater yields, higher disease resistance) that may cost a bit more but deliver impact and thrills is a winning strategy. Here are twenty to consider.

Flowering Trees

Flowering trees give your landscape much needed height and scale PLUS the thrill of blooms and, often, fragrance, too. Here are a few magical ones to try: Fragrant Himalayan Champaca (shown), Golden Chain TreeSaucer MagnoliaHong Kong Orchid Tree.