Monday, March 29, 2010

New Nursery Plants for Skillin's 2010, Part 1!

Hello again,

Tim Bate our Nursery Buyer and Manager has compiled what I think is a rather exciting list of new nursery shrubs and trees for 2010. We are breaking it into parts and will bring you the separate parts over the next few days.

A designation of "#2" means a 2 gallon pot; #3 is a 3 gallon pot and so forth. And now from Tim Bate:

New Kiwi varieties:

Pasha (Actinidia kolomitka ‘Pasha’) Z4

A stunning, decorative vine for fence, trellis, or wall. This male variety of the arctic Kiwi
pollinates September Sun Arctic Kiwi, and in addition, puts on quite a show of green, pink and white foliage in late spring, early summer. The coloration becomes stronger as the plant matures and when soil is not overly fertile. Plant in full sun. #2 – 34.99

September Sun (Actinidia kolomitka ‘September Sun’) Z4

Yes, you can grow delicious kiwi fruit in Maine! This Arctic Kiwi vine produces tasty, smooth-skinned, grape-sized fruits. Yum! Plant in full sun with the male variety, Pasha, as the pollinator. #2 – 34.99

New Azalea:

Pink Mist (Rhod x viscosum ‘Pink Mist’) Z4

5-6’ tall. This New England native is a pink form of our exceptionally fragrant and popular swamp azalea. Blooms in early summer.

#2 – 34.99

New Weeping Birch:

Summer Cascade (Betula nigra ‘Summer Cascade’) Z3

A lovely, vigorous weeping tree, perfect for adding a graceful touch to the garden year-round. Sensational shaggy bark, and a rugged constitution, make this adaptable tree an easy choice for any garden situation, wet or dry.

#15 - 185.00

2 recent Butterfly bush intros:

Blue Chip (Buddleia x ‘Blue Chip’) Z5

Buddleia Blue Chip

24-30” Tall. Finally, a selection that leaves room in the butterfly garden for other plants. This tidy variety from the new Lo & Behold series is covered with lavender blooms and loves sun.

#2 - 26.99

Miss Ruby (B. ‘White Ball’ x B. ‘Attraction’) Z5

6’ tall and wide. Provides some the brightest reddish-pink flowers found on a butterfly bush. A visitors’ favorite at the UK’s Wisley Garden’s 2008 garden trials.

#3 - 29.99

(Buddleia Miss Ruby)

2 Sweetshrubs to love:

Venus ( Calycanthus x ‘Venus’) Z5

5 Tall and wide. This outstanding new hybrid sweetshrub offers up magnolia-like white blossoms that perfume the air with scents of strawberry and melon in late spring. Flowering continues sporadically throughout the summer until the large glossy foliage turns brilliant yellow in the fall.

#3 - 34.99

Hartlage Wine (X sinocalycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’) Z5

6-9’ tall. This outstanding, and much sought after hybrid, offers the most beautiful, lightly scented, raspberry to wine-red colored flowers. Fall foliage color is an outstanding yellow. Flowers best in sun to part sun locations and favors rich, well drained soils.

#2 – 44.00

Cool Native:

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus) Z4

Sputnik (Cephalanthus occidentalis ‘Sputnik’) Z5(4?)

6’ Tall and wide. A must have magnet for the butterfly garden! Tiny tubular flowers are clustered into 1.5” spherical arrays that get the word out to the butterfly world: “Plenty of nectar here!” This plant also thrives in wet situations, and in much of the eastern U.S. the wild form can be found growing along the edges of ponds and lakes.

#2 – 29.99

                                                                   (Cephalanthus Sputnik)

New Clethra:

Vanilla Spice (Clethra aln. ‘Caleb’) Z4

3-6’ Tall and wide. A compact grower that provides a long season of bloom and fabulous fragrance near the end of summer. This blossoming beauty is a major butterfly attractor and grows well in almost any garden situation, but especially thrives in moist, part sun locations.

#2 - 32.99
(Clethra Vanilla Spice)

Terrific tree:

Golden Glory ( C. mas ‘Golden Glory’) Z4

20’ Tall. Also known as Cornellian Cherry Dogwood, this upright growing shrub or tree is a prolific bloomer, and brings welcoming, cheerful yellow, long-lasting flowers to the spring garden. Fruit is a glossy cherry-red and used for syrup and preserves.

#10 – 135.00

It is a Hydrangea World!

Incrediball (H. arborescens ‘Abetwo’) Z3

4-5’ tall. This is an improved Annabelle-type Hydrangea. The goal was to get sturdier stems so the plant wouldn’t flop over after rain, and the result was just that, with the bonus of each bloom having 4 times as many flowers. As they say, “Incrediball”! Thrives in moist soil in part sun, but adaptable to many sites. Can be cut to the ground in spring without diminishing summer flowering.

#2 – 34.99

#3 – 42.00

(Hydrangea Incrediball!)

Invincibelle Spirit (H. arborescens ‘NCHA1’) Z3

3-4’ tall and wide. The most exciting new plant for Maine gardens in years! The white form of hydrangea arborescens, ‘Annabelle’, has been a popular garden staple for years, and finally, after years of work, plant breeders have brought us the gift of this sensational new pink variety. It is super hardy, with extremely prolific blooms that are produced from July right up until frost. And it can be cut to the ground in spring without diminishing the flower show. On top of all that, Proven Winners is supporting a campaign to raise 1 million dollars for breast cancer research, and will donate $1 for every Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea purchased to the nonprofit Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There are so many great reasons to make room for this plant in your garden, or share it with a friend.

#3 – 44.00

(Hydrangea Invencibelle Spirit!)

Vanilla Strawberry (H. paniculata ‘Renhy’) Z4

6-7’ tall and 4-5’ wide. Imagine a bowl filled with vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry sauce. This tempting hydrangea is a treat for the eyes. Blossoms begin a creamy white in summer, change pink and finally end with a delicious display of strawberry red for the fall garden. You may want seconds, and we won’t stand in the way!

#2 – 34.99

(Hydrangea Vanilla Strawberry!
More new plants soon here at the Skillin's Garden Log! And come see these plants for yourself soon at our nurseries. By mid April we should be very well stocked in most of these plants!

Tim Bate
Skillin's Greenhouses
March 29. 2010

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