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GardenSMART :: Innovative Breeding Leads to Garden-worthy Plants

Innovative Breeding Leads to Garden-worthy Plants

By Terra Nova Nurseries
Photographs courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

As a plant breeding company, Terra Nova Nurseries has worked diligently over the years to create quality perennials and annuals for the horticulture industry. This has translated to more than 1,000 plants known for eye-catching foliage or beautiful flowers being used in gardens around the globe.

Each plant is born out of a specific breeding goal, like a pulmonaria that doesn't grow mildew, or a coleus that branches heavily and has so much vigor that it's a "hands-off" maintenance proposition. For plants like heuchera, the breeding goals involve easy-care plants across a variety of foliage colors that fill landscapes in showy style. The company's geums boast early-blooming flowers perfect for edging, borders and mixed beds. Some plants, such as select Terra Nova heucherella, grow vigorously yet with compact habits. Then, there are begonias of various colors, shapes and sizes, one of which was even bred to display gently sloping silver leaves in a dense, shrubby habit.

This sneak peek offers a look at just a few of Terra Nova's newest varieties available for home gardeners across the country and beyond.

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Heuchera GRANDE™ Amethyst (Terra Nova Nurseries' Plant of the Year) was bred to fill landscapes, and has a big, mounding habit with purple, wavy leaves. It produces flowers on medium-height stalks, and makes for a great landscape or container plant. Heuchera GRANDE AMETHYST performs extremely well in the Pacific Northwest, and should perform just as well in the South and the Midwest. This variety is a hummingbird attractor, and can add great winter color to a garden. Its U.S.D.A. Hardiness Zones are 4-9, and it has a mature plant height of 18", width of 28" and an extended flower height of 30". Learn more:

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Heuchera NORTHERN EXPOSURE™ Sienna shows crisp, fresh green leaves in the fall and spring that blend into a sienna orange in the summer. Heuchera NORTHERN EXPOSURE Sienna blooms pink flowers from April to June. This showy garden plant was bred from hardy H. richardsonii and keeps its appearance longer in the season than any other heuchera. The variety's mature plant height is 13", with a width of 21" and an extended flower height of 22". Heuchera NORTHERN EXPOSURE Sienna's hardiness zones are 4-9. This plant can grow in full sun or partial shade. Learn more:

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Begonia SILVER™ Treasure has silver, oblique leaves and soft-pink flowers, with a large, dense and shrubby habit. It is bred from very hardy species and reaches a mature plant height and width of 14" and 25", respectively. Its soft-pink flowers are produced in the summer and fall, and the variety's exposure offers the ability for full shade. Hardiness zones for Begonia SILVER™ Treasure are 8-11. It works great in containers, in the garden or in hanging baskets. Learn more:

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Geum TEMPO™ Rose is an easy-to-grow and early-blooming perennial, producing a plethora of dark, rose-pink flowers on short, dark stems. It has a long bloom time, allowing pollinators to enjoy the plant for months. Geum TEMPO Rose is a deer resistant and full-sun variety that flowers in the spring, and can be used for edging, borders and in mixed beds. Its hardiness zones are 5-9, and it has a mature plant height of 8", width of 12" and extended flower height of 21". Learn more:

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Heucherella 'Peach Tea' has large peachy-red leaves that contrast beautifully with its cream-white flowers. This plant is vigorous and compact while also offering a glow of daintiness to the landscape. Heucherella 'Peach Tea' works well in a container, in a mass planting and as a summer border. Hardiness zones are 4-9, and it has a mature plant height of 12", a width of 22" and an extended flower height of 17". Learn more:

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