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  • CENTER STAGE® Red Crapemyrtle

    Looking for a crapemyrtle that doesn’t disappear in the crowd? This is it! The CENTER STAGE® Red series was developed by Spring Meadow’s Megan Mathey with the goal of very disease resistant black foliage and super stunning flower color. CENTER STAGE® Red is the first to market, with vivacious cerise-colored blooms in summer.

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  • EL NIÑO® Desert Orchid

    A completely new plant! El Niño desert orchid is a hybrid between a desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) and catalpa (Catalpa sp.), both of which have passed on some really neat characteristics to this remarkable new plant. It’s ready to move into your garden and brave poor soils, dry heat, and even deer to deliver deliciously fragrant orchid-like flowers to your space.

    Why grow El Niño desert orchid?

    • Fabulous garden performance with its heat tolerance and deer resistance
    • Deliciously fragrant and delicate flowers
    • Long bloom time
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    Dainty little blooms bunch all over Yuki Cherry Blossom™ deutzia in the springtime. It’s celebrated for vibrant two-toned coloring, medium pink on the outside of the petals and creamy white at the centers. This coloring is quite a triumph! It took ten years to develop a pink version of the beloved ‘Nikko’ that we still see in many gardens today. This pink coloring presents a whole new world of opportunities for plant pairing! Looking lovely at the front of the border, where it would combine nicely with summer flowering shrubs and perennials with similar coloring. Imagine it massed as a groundcover in front of a group of panicle hydrangeas, hinting at the dark pink color show the hydrangeas will bring later on in the season. When positioned as edging, it keeps the border looking lush even if deer are in the area, as it’s quite deer resistant.

    Why grow Yuki Cherry Blossom deutzia?

    • Useful dense habit can be a groundcover
    • Abundant spring flower show
    • Interested two-toned bloom coloring
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  • GIN FIZZ® Juniper

    Superb berry set + supreme durability. It’s the berries that give gin its characteristic flavor, and it’s the berries that make Gin Fizz® juniper extra special. Deep evergreen foliage provides a handsome background to set off the abundant crop of sage green and blue fruits. Conical habit makes this sun-loving, deer resistant evergreen versatile in the landscape.

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