Monrovia Announces New Plant Varieties for 2014

AZUSA, Calif. – Monrovia, a grower of premium plants, is

introducing nine exclusive and semi-exclusive new varieties for 2014. “We partner with the best breeders and plant hunters like Dan Hinkley to uncover improved varieties,” said Nicholas Staddon, director of new plants.

“We look for plants that are healthier, hardier and easier to care for –

plus those with outstanding color, shape, flowers and foliage,” he explained.

Monrovia’s latest offerings include three selections added to the Dan Hinkley Collection, two from the U.S. National

Arboretum and four discovered by craftsmen at one of Monrovia’s nurseries.

Below are details on the stars for 2014, alphabetical by botanical name.

Callistemon Scarlett Torch™ Bottlebrush

Callistemon rigidus

‘RutCall’ P.P.A.F.

USDA  Zones 8 – 11

This new variety has the largest, bright red flowers we’ve seen on any Bottlebrush, and is irresistible to hummingbirds. It blooms from late spring through summer and intermittently year-round in frost-free climates. This easy-care evergreen shrub has gray-green foliage and makes a fantastic hedge or pruned as a small tree. From breeder Dr. John Ruter at the University of Georgia, this floriferous Bottlebrush

has a compact form that is perfect for smaller landscapes. It will reach nine feet tall and 12 feet wide in 10 years. Full sun.

Nikko Blush Deutzia

Deutzia x ‘Nikko

Blush’ (NA74356)

USDA Zones 5 – 8

A delightful new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall

color. Deciduous. Moderate growing to six to eight feet tall and six feet wide.

Windcliff Slaty Blue Lenten Rose

Helleborus x

‘Windcliff Slaty Blue’

USDA Zones 4 – 9

Grown from seed collected at Dan Hinkley’s Windcliff gardens, this winter-blooming favorite is named for its rare and unusual slate-blue colored flowers on tall, robust stems. A very adaptable and hardy, deer-proof perennial, it is well-suited for woodland garden or dappled shade borders. Gray-green foliage forms clumps 15 to 18

inches tall and 24 inches wide. The strong flower stems hold up well in cut flower arrangements.

Enchantress® Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

‘Monmar’ P.P.A.F.

USDA Zone 5 – 9

Enchantress® upstages other reblooming Hydrangeas with her huge mophead flowers atop unique ruby-black stems. Blooming on old and new wood, clusters are up nine inches across; blue in acid soils, pink in alkaline soils. Her tall, dark stems are pencil thick, making excellent cut flowers in an arrangement or for drying. The stems are

stunning against as the flowers as they fade to cream-splashed green. The ruby-colored stems look super all winter. Great in warmer climates and cold hardy to Zone 5. A rounded habit, it will reach three to five feet tall and wide. Superb for a container, accent, specimen, or border. Deciduous.

Lionel Fortescue Mahonia

Mahonia x media

‘Lionel Fortescue’

USDA Zones 5 – 9

New to our Dan Hinkley Collection is this larger-growing Mahonia, featuring breathtaking sprays of fragrant yellow flowers that appear in late fall through winter. When not in flower, this stunning evergreen shrub has a statuesque, upright branching structure

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