New Plants for 2014

Well I know it doesn’t seem like it but we’ll be out gardening before we know it.  There are alot of exciting new plants out this year and I thought I would share.   I’m always looking for plants that fit well in our small city gardens.   Growers and suppliers are really starting to come around and are realizing the need for such urban plants.   Here are some of these plants that are new to the market in 2014.

Here are few from Monrovia that would be nice additions to Chicago gardens.

Deutzia x ‘Nikko Blush’ (NA74356)

USDA Zones 5 – 8

Deutzia A delightful new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall color. Deciduous. Moderate growing to six to eight feet tall and six feet wide



Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Monmar’ P.P.A.F.

USDA Zone 5 – 9

HydrangeaEnchantress® upstages other reblooming Hydrangeas with her huge mophead flowers atop unique ruby-black stems. Blooming on old and new wood, clusters are up nine inches across; blue in acid soils, pink in alkaline soils. Her tall, dark stems are pencil thick, making excellent cut flowers in an arrangement or for drying. The stems are stunning against as the flowers as they fade to cream-splashed green. The ruby-colored stems look super all winter. Great in warmer climates and cold hardy to Zone 5. A rounded habit, it will reach three to five feet tall and wide.

Tsuga canadensis ‘MonKinn’ P.P.A.F.

USDA Zones 4 – 7

HemlockA dwarf shrub with an outstanding low, mounding form, this new selection shows improved sun tolerance. A wonderful choice for woodland, rock garden or container specimen, plant in mass for a truly dramatic effect. It will reach three to four feet tall and three to five feet wide. Prefers a dappled shade position in the garden. 


Here are some other choices from other growers.

(Muhlenbergia reverchonii): Hardy to USDA zones 5-10. 

GrassThis selection of long-lived grass was brought from the southern Great Plains by Lauren & Scott Ogden. Graceful fine-textured gray-green mounds are topped by clouds of tiny ruby flowers that glow brilliantly when backlit in autumn. Persistent winter beauty, superb in mass plantings; also for accents and erosion control.  Plants are 15-18 inches tall; up to 30 inches in flower. Grows in full sun in moderate to dry conditions.


(Penstemon x mexicali) Hardy to USDA zones 4b-8.

penstemon mexicaliRuby-red or garnet-colored tubular flowers with striped throats nearly all summer long. Narrow, glossy green leaves form an attractive mound. This selection  was developed by Kelly Grummons and grows 15 inches tall by 12-15 inches wide in full sun to part shade with moderate water.




(Scutelliaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’) Hardy to USDA zones 4-9.

ScuttelariaForms tidy mounds of greenish-grey leaves covered with bright purple-blue flowers tipped with white during early summer. Thrives in hot, sunny locations with well-drained soil. This durable shortgrass prairie native was named for the Smoky Hills of north central Kansas where it was first collected and was originally introduced by Great Plants™ in 2004.  Plants grow 8-10 inches tall and 10-14 inches wide.


(Iris hookeri) Hardy to USDA zones 3-8.

IrisForms a compact, tidy clump with attractive green foliage framing large, porcelain-blue flowers in late spring and early summer. It is one of North America’s most beautiful native irises, and provides excellent foliage and textural accent for small gardens. Grows 8-12 inches tall and wide.

Allium schoenoprasum ‘Snowcap’ Hardy to zones 2-9

ChivesThis semi-dwarf variety has wispy, pristine white flowers. Fine, grassy gray-green foliage looks nice all season long. Plant it in well-drained soil. Holds up well in the heat and humidity of summer. Deadhead to prevent reseeding. Grows 12-15 inches tall and wide.

I’m looking forward to being able to use some of these in Urban Renewal designs and will be on the lookout for them as soon as things become available.  Happy Gardening!