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GardenSMART :: New for 2016: Flowers and Fragrance and Color, Oh My!

New for 2016: Flowers and Fragrance and Color, Oh My!

By Kate Karam for Monrovia
Photos courtesy of Monrovia

Monrovia’s 2016 new and exclusive plant introductions offer more of everything—from bigger blooms to compact size to water-wise—that we gardeners love. Check it out!

Here's a peek at our new selections for 2016. These twelve plants (more to come) were chosen for you by Monrovia because of their supersized characteristics such as larger and repeating blooms, compact size and habit, fuss-free nature, or intense fragrance.

Need something for shade? How about a double-flowered camellia with red-leafed new foliage. Want to freshen-up containers? We’ve got a series of flowery shorter clematis. Looking for the rare? Check out two new flowering vines from plant explorer Dan Hinkley. We're giving our plants an Oscar-worthy debut, too: watch this video then scroll down for more detailed information about each new plant and our take on what’s trending in 2016.

Monrovia 2016 New Plant Introductions


Double Shot® Grape Azalea

USDA Zones 6-9

Bright purple, showy large blooms light up full-to-partial shady spots twice a year!


Petite Pillar™ Dwarf Boxwood

USDA Zones 5-9

Naturally columnar and compact for tidy topiary with little to no shearing.


Vestito Rosso® Camellia

USDA Zones 8-10

Glossy, midnight red new foliage followed by perfectly formed crimson red flowers.


Boulevard® Clematis (series)

USDA Zones: 4-9

A container-clematis! Compact, prolific climbers bloom spring through summer.


Moonlight Parfait® Winter Daphne

USDA Zones: 7-9

Unique variegated foliage and to-sigh-for fragrance from winter to early spring.


Summer Soul™ Arabian Jasmine

USDA Zones 9-11

Large, highly-scented, fully double white flowers on a compact shrub.


Gay Goblin™ Lily of the Valley Shrub

USDA Zones: 6-8

From the Enchanted Forest Collection® this one's a cool season bloomer.


River Nymph™ Lily of the Valley Shrub

USDA Zones: 6-8

Fresh idea for foundations! Huge clusters of bell-shaped blooms open in late winter.


Fullmoon® Polyspora

USDA Zones: 7-11

Show-stopping small tree or multi-trunked shrub blooms late winter to early spring.


Lacy Hearts™ Chinese Hydrangea Vine

USDA Zones: 6-9

Very rare selection from Dan Hinkley; heart-shaped leaves splashed with white.


Red Rhapsody® Chinese Hydrangea Vine

 USDA Zones: 6-9

Very rare from Dan Hinkley; reddish foliage and lacecap-like creamy flowers.


Golden Duke™ Eastern Hemlock

USDA Zones: 4-8

Nearly glows with golden-yellow foliage on upright, pyramidal arching branches.

What's trending in 2016?

Space-savers: More dwarf and compact varieties of new and favorite plants, which are ideal for a smaller garden or container.

Easy-care: Low-maintenance is in big demand, so plants that don’t require much pruning or dead-heading are hugely popular.

Earth-matters: Consumers are seeking plants that are more water-wise, adaptive to local conditions, are edible or have edible fruits.

For quick reference to all the new 2016 plants bookmark this link:

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