There are some new flowering shrubs to be on the look out for in 2011. Hydrangea 'Bella Anna' is the first variety of Hydrangea arborescens to be introduced into the Endless Summer Collection. Bella Anna prefers to be grown in a moist, well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. It is hardy in zones 4-9, grows 3-5 feet in height and is a repeat bloomer. Its strong stalks support huge magenta-pink flower heads and it blooms on new and old wood. Bella Anna can be used as a foundation planting, shrub border or perennial garden border and could be a nice addition to your garden!
Buddleia Lo and Behold 'Blue Chips'
Another newcomer is the first miniature Buddleia and first of the Lo and Behold variety, Buddleia 'Blue Chips'. Lo and Behold 'Blue Chips' displays a low mounding compact habit, growing to approximately 24-26 inches high by 30-36 inches wide. It is a summer bloomer, prefers full sun and a well-drained soil and is hardy in USDA zones 4-9. Buddleia 'Blue Chips' is also deer resistant and can be grown ina planter due to its compact size. If you always wanted a Butterfly Bush but just didn't have a place to put it this miniature variety could be just the one for you!
Also out are two more new hydrangeas. Hydrangea 'Incrediball' is an improved version of 'Annabelle' with stronger stems to support its large white blooms. Like 'Annabelle' this hydrangea blooms on the new wood of the season. It is hardy to zone 3 and is more heat tolerant than its predecessor.
Invincibelle Spirit Hydrangea
Developed by Dr. Tom Ranney at North Carolina State University's Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, Hydrangea 'Invincibelle Spirit' is the very first pink arborescens. It displays large 10 inch wide pink blooms that bloom on the new wood of the season.
I for one am very excited to see new varieties of two favorite plants in the garden. Stay posted for other newcomers as they arrive!