For plant people, the fun of spring is shopping. Yes, there’s the joy of designing and planting and transforming a space, but there’s nothing like the dopamine surge you get when discovering a new plant. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I first saw a Spider Azalea (Rhododendron linearifolium). It, of course, looked nothing like a rhody or an azalea but rather a shrub framework with tiny ribbons for leaves. It was sooo cool. I also remember Diamond Heights Ceanothus (Ceanothus ‘Diamond Heights’) and how in love I was with that variegated, flat plant. New plant introductions often depart from their known characteristics in delightful ways. Here are six exciting new shrubs for 2018.
Seaside Serenade® Cape Cod Hydrangea
All of the Seaside Serenade® hydrangeas have a more compact form than other hydrangeas. This is handy for city dwellers who have limited space. For instance, Cape Cod grows to about four feet tall and then slows down considerably. Last year, I had an opportunity to check out this series in person and I was impressed by how stiff the stems were. If you’ve had problems with hydrangea blossoms flopping in the past, you won’t run into that problem with Cape Cod. Likes part-shade. Hardy from zones 4 – 9. Continue reading