January 17, 2011

Echinacea ‘Southern Belle’

Echinacea Southern Belle
Photo courtesy Plants Nouveau
A new Echinacea variety has recently been introduced by Plants Nouveau.

The NEW charmer is known as Southern Belle. This is the latest addition to the popular line of the Cone-fections series and the breeding of Arie Blom of AB-Cultivars in The Netherlands.

This new double-frilled flowering Echinacea looks fantastic, is a true magenta color and you'd think the images were altered. But from what I've been told, they're not. They look that good.

This is the first in the series with the long-lived Echinacea teisnneseens and has a long blooming period.

The blooms resemble a fancy party skirt and last for weeks before fading to a softer pink. The blooming period may very well be the longest of any hybrid introduced.

Plant Specifications
Zone: (4)5-9 Zone Map
Width: 30-36 Inches
Height: 30-36 Inches
Plant Habit: Clumping, Upright
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Sun
Water: Average
Landscape Uses: Border, Cut, Dry, Butterfly, Bird, Naturalizing, Deer Resistant
Bloom: Magenta
Blooms: Summer/Fall

January 15, 2011

NEW Ornamental Corn for 2011

Just ran into this cool-looking ornamental corn while going through the current issue of Greenhouse Grower, so I have to share. Hopefully I'll be able to pick this up this season as I can certainly use it in some of my container plantings around the greenhouse for a completely enticing look.

Ornamental Corn ‘Field of Dreams’.  This new introduction produces variegated green and white with touches of rose, ‘Field of Dreams’ adds color and structure to large combination pots and accents in the
landscape. Plants can reach four to five feet tall and produce ears that are as attractive after the season as the plants were beautiful during the season.