We've seen many new, exciting plants, learned where these plants come from and how they go from the propagation bench out to the garden center bench but ERIC NOW SHOWS US A FEW PLANTS INTRODUCED DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT ARE NEW AND INTERESTING. Hydrangea arborescens 'White Dome' is a nice white flower form of Lace Cap. It has a larger bloom, a nice lacy look, is a little flatter and is rimmed by little bracks to give it a dainty elegant look.
Gaillardia 'Oranges & Lemons' has one of the best flower forms and certainly is one of the most persistent of all Gaillardias. It is an electric orange and the plant blooms from early spring till November, in Eric's garden.
Mimosa, Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' is unique. Who would have thought several years ago that we would be planting a Mimosa in our gardens? It's a great native tree, in the past primarily viewed as a weed tree. A purple sport, they believe from Japan, started a new application. It has a nice frilly leaf and black plants are excellent for accents in the garden. It's another great addition.
The plant kingdom is an amazing thing. There is so much diversity, so much interest and always new things happening as we cross pollinate and as new sports arise. Basically most of what we do today is the result of natural diversity in the plant world. Some may confuse that with genetically modified plants which is not part of our landscape palette. These plants are a result of cross pollinations or sports and represent the natural diversity in the plant kingdom. We've seen some incredible examples of brand new flower forms, different textures, different plant forms and a lot of disease resistance that's been bred back into plants. All this opens up brand new avenues for gardeners to try plants they've never been able to try before and to experience plants in a whole new way. So gardeners, get out there, take a look at what's going on. There are many exciting new plants, a lot of stuff that's going on with breeding work, a lot of interesting colors and great ways to use plants in your garden. It's a great time to be a gardener.