Briggs Nursery 2009 Plant and Flower Introductions

A first look at what's blooming this year and a sneak peek at next year.
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April 30, 2009 - PRLog -- Rhododendron ‘Trocadero’ is a Hachmann hybrid.  It is a cross of ‘Torero’ X ‘Erato’; both of these plants proved to be hardy into the minus 20 range and beyond.  ‘Trocadero’ is greatly improved over its parents and should be given consideration as a hardy red production plant.  The ‘Trocadero’ flowers in June and can reach
3’x 4’ in 10 years.  What a beauty!   USDA Zone 5

Hosta ‘Trifecta’ is the stunning off-spring of Hosta ‘Little Sunspot’ which was a superb Briggs introduction.  ‘Trifecta’ has three distinct colors; green, fading to pale yellowish green, fading to cream.  The pale lavender flowers this little beauty produces, in mid to late summer truly compliment the leaves.  ‘Trifecta’ forms a low mound, making it ideal for edging shady borders and is drought tolerant.  6” X 12” USDA Zone 3    

Hakonechloa ‘Beni-kaze’ is an outstanding grass for the shade garden with soft texture and a natural wind-swept look.  Attractive green foliage turns brilliant red in the fall.  Excellent mass planted with ferns, hostas or other shade loving perennials.  ‘Beni-kaze’ is a deciduous, very hard to find, Japanese forest grass.  The cultivar name can be translated as “red wind” which describes this plant’s autumn look perfectly!  ‘Beni-kaze’ is left alone by deer and ideal even for open meadow and woodland settings.  This 24-36” X 24-36” plant is perfect in USDA Zone 5.

Rhododendron ‘Polarnacht’ is almost twice the width as its height. Nearly black flower buds open to frilly deep dark purple blooms with spotted red throats are held in trusses of 12-14 with lovely dark green leaves.  Foliage remains extremely clean and is resistant to the typical purple foliage leaf spot.  This plant is root rot resistant as well.  This Hachmann hybrid is easily H2; parentage suggests that it may be H1.  Mid to late season, compact plant.  3’ X 6’ USDA Zone 6

Briggs Nursery 2010 Coming Attractions

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’, a hexaploid highbush, is the first pink blueberry to hit the market. With mid-late to late-season ripening, moderate yields, medium-sized, glossy fruit, bright pink fruit-color, and mild, pleasant flavor and good firmness, this is a real winner! The bush of ‘Pink Lemonade’ is vigorous, upright and full (1.5 m high X 1.6 m wide).  Leaves are glossy green and lanceolate, with a serrated leaf margins.  Leaf surface texture is smooth, very similar to that of V. ashei.  Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown in color.  The ideal area of adaptation of ‘Pink Lemonade’ is unknown, but its background suggests that it might perform equally well, or better, in milder climates, including areas where rabbiteye cultivars can be grown.  Because of the inherent self-fertility problems of rabbiteye germplasm, it is recommended that another rabbiteye cultivar be planted with ‘Pink Lemonade’ to ensure good cross-pollination.  In some southerly locales, the cultivar Florida Rose, a pink-fruited cultivar recently released by the University of Florida, may be suitable for this purpose.  USDA Zone 4.

Kalmia ‘Firecracker’

This easy care mountain laurel is ideal for gardeners. With a mature height of 3’ x2’ in 10 years, the Firecracker is a compact plant that is great for foundational plantings or to complement broadleaf evergreens. The deep red flower buds open to near white blossoms that bloom simultaneously. This plant is deer resistant and resistant to leaf spot. It blooms from late spring to early summer and is best in full sun in a cool, moist, well-drained, acidic soil. ‘Firecracker’ also performs well in partial shade. USDA Zone 5 and, if protected, works great in USDA Zone 4.

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