Monrovia PLANT SAVVY
January 2017
Ready to shake it up? We’re kicking off 2017 with 15 incredible problem-solving new plants we know you’re going to love (6 new hydrangeas!). Then it’s onto breaking news about the perennial of the year (think butterflies and pollinators) and a deep dive into easy fixes for seasonal winter color no matter your zone. And, we’re going out on a limb, sharing what we think are the trends that will influence how we all garden this year. This year we need our gardens, our quiet spaces, our places to renew and connect more than ever. Here’s to new beginnings.

2017 New Plants: LOW EFFORT, HIGH REWARD

Problem? No problem! We all need easy-care plants that solve garden dilemmas with a bit of style. So, for 2017 we’re offering 15 new plants for colorful low borders, flowery height for privacy, covering tight spaces, and tough-but-wow fixes for slopes and hellstrips. And, the best salvia we’ve seen in years.

JUMPSTART YOUR POLLINATOR GARDEN

North American native butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) has been named the Perennial Plant Association’s 2017 Plant of Year. It’s easy to see why! A marriage of brilliant beauty and hardiness (zones 4 – 11), it’s beloved by Monarch butterflies in particular. Here are 5 reasons to plant this waterwise wonder.

WINTER'S HAPPY HARBINGERS

Just when you think the snow, rain, or gloom will never end, up come the hellebores. Plant them now, and in a few years, expect 50 or more flowers per plant each season. That’s a lot of joy for a plant that takes little space, blooms in shade, requires meager care, and did we mention deer don’t typically enjoy? More here.

WHAT'S THAT?!

Drove down the street and a flash of bright red or orange caught your eye? It’s aloe season! If you need a fuss-free “what about January” plant for zones 9-11, these hardy, drought-ignoring flowering beauties are ideal. Bring a bolt of hot color to this cool season.