SOURCE: Monrovia


November 02, 2016 11:11 ET

Monrovia Announces New, Exclusive Plant Varieties for 2017

Filled with color, texture, and beauty, Monrovia's selection of new plants offer time-challenged homeowners and gardeners an array of tough, low-maintenance options

AZUSA, CA--(Marketwired - November 02, 2016) - Monrovia, the leading grower of premium ornamental and landscaping plants in the United States, has announced new and exclusive varieties for 2017, offering superior new choices for today's gardens. In keeping with the company's goal to help homeowners achieve the garden of their dreams, they have worked with the best breeders around the world and tested at Monrovia's facilities to develop a slate of new plants for 2017 that have improved features such as hardiness and refined or more compact habit.

"Whether tending an expansive garden or containers on a patio, time-challenged homeowners need plants that add color, texture, and beauty while being tough and low-maintenance," says Jonathan Pedersen, plant specialist at Monrovia. "In 2017 we'll offer six new compact hydrangeas and two new compact clematis, all with supersized return in terms of bloom size and number of blooms, some with a re-blooming habit, and which are exceptionally hardy even in very cold zones. We're also leading with several new, fuss-free plants that are true problem solvers in the landscape from shrubs that flower in shade to conifers that color-up in winter and perennials that can withstand drought."

To put a fresh spin on its approach to gardening and highlight what's new for 2017, Monrovia has released a fashion-inspired 2017 Look Book. Browse the Look Book for inspiration and see how these plants fit into the landscape -- from "Essentials for Spring" and "Street Style Stars" to "Small Wonders" and "Cozy Chic Color." Monrovia has also launched a new blog, Grow Beautifully, to inspire and inform homeowners about ways to design with their plants.

Monrovia's new varieties for 2017 include (hi res images available upon request):

Plum Passion® Vine Maple (Acer circinatum 'MonCir'): Native to the Pacific Northwest. Three seasons of excitement; plum-red spring foliage, brilliant autumn color, and twisting bare winter branches. Superb small tree, shrub, or espalier. Up to 15 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Deciduous. Zone: 6 - 9

Jade Wave™ Fernspray False Cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa 'MonYur'): Discovered by a Monrovia craftsman at our Dayton, Oregon nursery. Distinctive curved limbs and fern-like foliage along with improved pyramidal form makes this excellent in large planters or as an entryway accent. Up to 8 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide Evergreen. Zone: 4 - 8

Boulevard® Daiyu™ Clematis (Clematis 'Evipo083' P.P.A.F.): Flowering from the ground up, this hardy, compact, dark pink re-blooming variety is ideal for large containers, in front of leggier clematis, or on short pillars. Up to 6 ft. tall. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Boulevard® Nubia™ Clematis (Clematis 'Evipo079' P.P.A.F.): Exceptionally dark red compact re-bloomer flowers from both leaf axils and stems, resulting in flowers from the ground up. Use in large containers or short pillars. Up to 6 ft. tall. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Seaside Serenade® Bar Harbor Hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens 'SMHAMWM' P.P.A.F.): New compact variety of the famed Annabelle hydrangea. Masses of large, white, smooth flowers on a compact shrub. Ideal for low borders or in containers. 4 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Seaside Serenade® Cape Cod Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'HMUPSI' P.P.A.F.): A new classic for small spaces! Hardy, repeat blooming machine with large blue or pink (depending on soil pH) mophead flowers. Quickly reaches 4 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Seaside Serenade® Fire Island Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'HORTFIRE' P.P.A.F.): Long-lasting, white blooms edged in rosy-red on notably tough stems. A re-blooming compact mophead for massing and in pots. Quickly reaches 3 1/2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Seaside Serenade® Hamptons Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla 'HORTHAMP' P.P.A.F.): Huge florets of intense pink or blue hue (depending on pH) with thick, leathery foliage. Compact and repeat blooming. Plant en masse or fill a large container. 3.5 ft. by 3 ft. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

Candy Apple™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPMWMH' P.P.A.F.): Enormous lime-green panicles that age to nearly pure white, held atop sturdy stems that don't flop. Show-stopper foundation shrub in smaller gardens. Up to 4 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 8

Strawberry Shake™ Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPCW' P.P.A.F.): Sturdy stems support big flower heads that start out white and mature to a delectable pink. High-summer spectacle for foundations, borders, containers. 5ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 8

Jazzy Jewel™ Andorra Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis 'MonGeo' P.P.A.F.): Gold-splashed foliage is tinged with purple and bronze in winter on this hardy spreading juniper. Wows-up slopes, foundations or along driveways. 2 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Evergreen. Zone: 3 - 9

Burly Blue™ Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum 'MonOvr'): Improved icy, cool-blue color and dense habit make this a standout choice in front of shrub borders, as an accent, or a large scale, rugged groundcover. 2 ft. high, up to 8 ft. wide. Evergreen. Zone: 3 - 8

VIBE® Ignition Purple Salvia (Salvia x jamensis 'Ignition Purple' P.P.A.F.): Prolific, compact, small-leaved variety with vibrant, deep-purple flowers. Notably heat and drought tolerant. Use in borders and cutting gardens. Herbaceous perennial. 2 ft. tall and wide. Zone: 7 - 11

Sparkler® Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum 'SMVDE' P.P.A.F.): From lustrous foliage to creamy-white spring flowers followed by summer-to-fall clusters of blue-black fall berries, this is one for a showy hedge or tall border. Up to 15 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone 5 - 9

Golden Jackpot® Weigela (Weigela florida 'MonRigney'): Perhaps the brightest weigela yet. Contrasting yellow foliage and dark maroon blooms creates drama when backing a flower border or fronting larger shrubs. Up to 6 ft. tall and wide. Deciduous. Zone: 4 - 9

About Monrovia

Monrovia, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Azusa, California, is the nation's leading grower of premium container-grown ornamental and edible plants, with more than 3,600 varieties, including more than 250 that are exclusive to the brand. Monrovia's five environmentally-responsible nurseries are located in Visalia and Venice Hills, CA, Dayton, OR, Cairo, GA, and Granby, CT. Monrovia plants can be purchased in-store or online with delivery to independent garden centers, at Lowe's locations nationwide, and through re-wholesalers nationwide. The company remains a family owned entity.

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