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WHITE FLOWER FARM NAMES TOP TEN SPRING 2009 PLANTS
Think spring! White Flower Farm is -- spring plants. It wasn't easy to choose just ten plants, from hundreds in the spring 2009 catalog, but here are the favorites. Browse the digital catalog online at whiteflowerfarm.com.
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Digitalis 'Candy Mountain' - Unlike other foxgloves, 'Candy Mountain' creates masses of freckled, rose pink blooms that face upward. Both gardeners and the bees can see inside. Its sturdy, upright stems are perfect for cottage gardens or borders in sun to part shade. Thanks to the bees, this biennial will produce seedlings for future enjoyment.
Echinacea Pixie Meadowbrite™ - Developed by the Chicago Botanic Garden, hybrid Meadowbrite™ is a vast improvement in dwarf coneflowers. Standing only 18in tall, drought tolerant and vigorous, with perky pink petals surrounding a cone that begins greenish pink and matures deep crimson. Good for containers and smaller spaces, this pixie attracts butterflies and will keep producing if flowers are removed as they go by.
Geranium 'Dragon Heart' - 'Dragon Heart' brightens companions in sun to partial shade with black-eyed magenta blooms over clumps of large leaves. This hardy new cranesbill was bred by Alan Bremmer of Scotland.
2009 Perennial Plant of the Year: Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' - The 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year! A variegated Japanese Forest Grass, 'Aureola' forms mounds of bright yellow and lime green striped leaves that seem to flow like a waterfall, adding texture and movement to the garden. Easy color for sun or part shade.
Iris ensata 'Nagai Komurasaki' - An elegant and striking Water Iris from Japan, this variety sparkles with velvet-blue petals and brilliant yellow markings. Perfect for a moist area, but adaptable to most garden soils.
Dahlia 'American Dream' - Strawberry pink petals with red streaks put on a dazzling display until frost. 'American Dream' is an award-winning, semi-cactus form Dahlia with flowers up to 8 inches across.
Coleus Lancelot Velvet Mocha™ - Bred at the University of Florida, this unique chocolate-colored coleus withstands heat and humidity. Its narrow, toothed leaves provide texture and contrast for containers and borders.
Pennisetum purpureum 'Prince' - A breakthrough in ornamental grasses! As summer temperatures climb, the purple foliage of 'Prince' doesn't fade, but becomes even darker. Plants grow 5-6 feet tall in one season to provide amazing color in beds and large containers. Not winter hardy outside of zone 8.
Clematis 'Fireworks' - This climbing beauty offers mauve-purple flowers with reddish pink stripes in early summer and again in the fall. 'Fireworks' will grow to 10 feet and cover an arch or trellis, or let it clamber up a shrub to display its large blooms.
Thuja plicata 'Whipcord' - An unusual Western Red Cedar, 'Whipcord' forms a mop-head of long, glossy branches with all-season interest. The leaves are green in summer, bronzy in winter. A dwarf conifer, it grows 6-12" per year and achieves a modest 5-foot stature.
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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 www.whiteflowerfarm.com, 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.