To find out what other plant lovers are excited about growing in 2010 I decided to consult with Jamie Blackburn, curator of the Woodland Gardens at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Bobby Saul of ItSaul Nurseries in Atlanta to hear what they recommend as far as new and favorite plants for our gardens. What follows are some of their picks and a few of my own.
Acer palmatum 'Bihou' – with golden bark
Acer palmatum 'Ryusen'- a strict weeping Japanese maple with outstanding fall color
Acer palmatum 'Tsukasa Silhouette'- a fastigiate cultivar
Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'- a compact selection with colorful foliage that changes with the seasons.
Buddleia 'Blue Chip': A dwarf butterfly bush I admired at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raliegh, NC; easy to incorporate into the garden.
Hydrangea paniculata cultivars including 'Dharuma': A dwarf selection with potential for smaller gardens and containers. Other selections they have planted recently at the Atlanta Botanical Garden include 'Big Ben', 'Early Sensation' and 'White Lady.'
Illicium parviflorum 'Florida Sunshine': chartreuse golden foliage in spring and summer, bright yellow in fall and winter, upper stems take on a bright red cast
Ceratostigma griffithii: Great red foliage in fall with blue blooms
Coreopsis verticillata 'Route 66': This hardy yellow coreopsis has a red eye that bleeds to the tips of the petals
Chasmanthium latifolium 'River Mist': variegated Northern sea oats
Echinacea 'Crazy Pink': A 2' by 2' clump covered with pink blooms beginning in early summer
Heuchera villosa hybrids: Great foliage color and they take the heat, including 'Caramel', 'Citronelle', 'Mocha', 'Pistache'
Sources for Good Plants including some featured here: (call for hours of operation)
Mail Order: Plant Delights,9241 Sauls Rd, Raliegh, NC 27603, www.plantdelights.com
Ashe-Simpson Garden Center
4961 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30341 770-458-3224
Full Bloom Nursery
6662 Holly Springs St.
Clermont, GA 30527 770-842-2345
353 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312 404-880-9848
2067 Manchester St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30324 404-873-2484
809 North Broad St. (Hwy 11 at 78)
Monroe, GA 30656 770-267-4500
5727 Cleveland Hwy.
Clermont, GA 30527 770-983-3666
15639 Birmingham Hwy
Alpharetta, GA 30004 770-777-5875
Erica Glasener is a horticulturist and host of "A Gardener's Diary" which is currently on hiatus. Fridays on HGTV. For questions, visit Erica Glasener's Web site.