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GardenSMART :: Terra Nova Nurseries' Stable of Superior Plants for 2020

Terra Nova Nurseries' Stable of Superior Plants for 2020

By Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova Nurseries
Photographs courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries

From the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit, to the applause received at universities' trial sites for 100 percent survival rates amongst trialed varieties, Terra Nova Nurseries is proud of their many awards and acknowledgements related to their breeding.

Terra Nova Nurseries' breeders are also proud to do original work, and incorporate species that add hardiness, heat-tolerance and improved blooming into new varieties. With over 1000 new plant introductions, the global plant breeder has truly become the world leader in new and better plant genetics.

Each Terra Nova Nurseries variety is born out of a specific breeding goal; for example, pulmonaria that doesn't grow mildew, or coleus that branches heavily with so much vigor that it's considered a "hands-off" maintenance proposition. For plants like heuchera, the breeding goals involve producing easy-care varieties across a plethora of foliage colors that fill landscapes in showy style. Terra Nova Nurseries' geums are bred with the same specific breeding goals; with their early-blooming flowers and leafy habit, industry experts have exclaimed, "I would have this plant in my garden for the foliage alone!"

A current sampling extracted from Terra Nova's stable of high-performing plants includes a very showy, and very hardy, agastache that thrives in New Mexico as well as in Washington state. In addition, one of the company's brunnera, from Belarusian breeder Alexander Zuikevich, has impressed both the public and trial administrators at Colorado State University. A puffy-flowered echinacea, in addition to two new geums with gorgeous foliage that fills pots and blooms beautifully, are additional varieties that, like many of Terra Nova Nurseries' varieties, can be used for edging, borders and mixed beds. This sneak peek offers a look at a few of Terra Nova Nurseries' varieties available for home gardeners across the country and beyond.

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Agastache 'Morello' is a full-sun perennial with amazingly huge, dense inflorescences of deep burgundy-rose flowers that bloom from spring through fall. Showy, dark foliage in cooler months only extend the beauty of this variety. Agastache 'Morello' has a strongly upright habit that forms multiple crowns quickly, and has a good mildew tolerance. Loved by bees and hummingbirds alike, this variety has been the recipient of multiple national awards, including a 4.8 out of 5 rating at Pennsylvania State University's 2017 trial gardens, leading to Agastache 'Morello' being crowned "Best of Variety." Learn more:

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Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' is a gigantic plant with heavily silvered leaves that make a dramatic and dynamic statement in the landscape or in a container. Each leaf base of Brunnera 'Alexander's Great' contains a lovely spiraled effect. This variety, too, is an award winner for Terra Nova Nurseries, winning both the "Too Good to Wait Performer" and "Top Performer" awards at Colorado State University's trial gardens in 2015 and 2016, respectively. This mounding perennial is a part- to full-shade variety, and makes for a wonderful shade accent plant. Learn more:

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Echinacea PUFF™ Vanilla is a full-sun variety with an excellent crown count. It blooms all summer, until frost, with double anemone-type flowers, white ray florets and light-yellow cone florets. The habit of Echinacea PUFF Vanilla is low and mounding, and it blooms in its first year. It can be used in mass plantings, mixed beds, containers, or borders, and it is a great cut flower. At Pennsylvania State University's trial gardens in 2017, Echinacea PUFF Vanilla took home both the "Best of Variety" and "Excellent Performer" awards, in addition to its 4.6 out of 5 rating. Learn more:

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Geum TEMPO™ Orange blooms in early spring with numerous, double-to-single small blooms on short stems that range in color from cream-to-peach-to-orange. This variety has a long bloom time and is an easy plant to grow. Geum TEMPO Orange has a mounding, compact habit that requires an average amount of watering when in a garden. It's a fast-growing plant that flowers in the spring. The full-sun variety is both deer resistant and a pollinator attractor. Learn more:

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Geum TEMPO™ Yellow blooms in early spring with numerous, semi-double yellow flowers with dark edges on black stems. This long-blooming perennial has bright green leaves that grow in a dense mound. Geum TEMPO Yellow is not only deer resistant, but a hummingbird attractor that is easy to grow. It also has a mounding, compact habit with semi-double, up- to side-facing flowers. This variety requires an average amount of watering when in a garden, and can be used for edging, borders and mixed beds. Learn more:



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