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1/6/2010 12:00

Contact: Margret
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Winter is a busy time at White Flower Farm because the gardeners are gearing up for spring shipping. In fact, the new spring catalog (online at shows that they've added more than 130 new varieties of perennials and annuals, all tested in display gardens at the nursery or at home by staff members. Here are their top 10 choices:

Coleus 'Redhead' -- It's always hard to choose from new Coleus varieties, but 'Redhead' was a clear winner in our trials for its well-shaped red leaves and overall habit. Plants are upright and mounding, staying around 2 feet each way, and the color is simply beautiful in sun to part shade.

Echinacea 'Flame Thrower' -- With rays of blazing yellow-orange and a central cone of deep burnt amber, the vibrant colors of this fragrant Coneflower live up to its name. 'Flame Thrower' blooms all summer long and has a well-branched habit to complete the package. An excellent choice for the middle of a border.

Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' -- About 15 species make up this genus of perennials native to Asia and North America. The common name, bleeding heart, derives from the unusual shape of the flower. 'Burning Hearts' is the reddest Dicentra yet. Its heart-shaped blossoms, outlined in white, seem larger and brighter because of the plant's compact size.

Hydrangea Invincibelle® Spirit -- The first pink variety of Hydrangea arborescens! The flowers emerge dark, hot pink and mature to rich, clear pink. Plants bloom from early summer until frost on new growth, and the dried flower "mops" remain decorative in winter. Sales will help support breast cancer research.

Leucanthemum 'Banana Cream' -- A prolific Shasta Daisy, 'Banana Cream' features bright, 4-inch lemon yellow blooms that turn butter yellow. They have an extra row of ray petals, so they look even fuller. The compact plants produce flower buds on side shoots, which means these cheerful blooms keep coming all summer long.

Hosta 'Empress Wu' -- This tribute to the only female emperor in Chinese history is an impressive and unusual specimen. One of the largest Hostas available, dark green 'Empress Wu' matures to a height of 4 feet in about five years. Light lavender blooms rise just above the foliage.

Large-Fruited Tomatoes – Good things come at the end of the season, in this case, the colorful fruits of beefy tomatoes such as 'Black Krim' (80 days to maturity), 'Cherokee Purple' (80-90 days to maturity), 'Costoluto Genovese' (78 days to maturity), 'Brandywine Red' (80-100 days to maturity), and 'Orange Oxheart' (90 days to maturity). White Flower Farm starts all its tomatoes from seed – more than 130 varieties -- and ships them at the right time for planting by hardiness zone.

Karma™ Dahlia Collection -- It took 40 years of breeding by Dutch brothers Adrian and Case Verwer to create a series with good garden performance and outstanding cut flowers that can last 10 days in a vase. The vibrantly colored Karma Dahlias offer perfectly formed blooms on strong stems and are a good place to start if you want to grow Dahlias. This collection includes Karma Corona, Karma Red Corona, Karma Sangria, and Karma Corona Pink.

Delphinium 'Double Innocence' -- Tall Delphiniums are the outstanding elements of every well-bred garden. This white double variety carries large, full flower spikes on strong stems and displays a delicate white or green "bee" in the throat of each blossom. 'Double Innocence' is one of the New Millennium Delphinium hybrids developed in New Zealand for improved tolerance to heat and humidity and promises better success for Southern growers. A good cut flower.

Hemerocallis EarlyBird™ Cardinal – Another outstanding reblooming Daylily from Darrel Apps, this newcomer has the vigor and prolific habit of the ubiquitous yellow 'Stella de Oro', but with heavily ruffled, bright crimson red blooms. The rain-resistant blooms of Earlybird Cardinal keep coming all summer long. With a shorter stature and reblooming habit, it's essential for the front of a border or for bedding out.

Update on Wreath Contest: White Flower Farm Names Winner
For its first-ever homemade wreath contest, White Flower Farm received several dozen entries with components ranging from pineapples to cornhusks and seashells. The grand prize went to Ms. Collette Yandow of New Hampshire. Her wreath included Cinquefoil branches, dried Hydrangea, Artemisia, Sedum, and lichen, as well as pinecones. Congratulations and Happy New Year! .

Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts.

Please contact: Deborah Broide,
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White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit, where you will also find helpful gardening information including a how-to video library. Join our E-mail list for gardening advice and tips, From the Farm monthly newsletter, announcement of events at the White Flower Farm Store, and special offers not in our catalogues or on our Web site. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.

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