Spring Meadow, the company behind Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, worked with breeders to select 22 new varieties for its 2014 line. Additions include new colours for the Lo & Behold line of butterfly bushes and cold hardy hasps in the edible Vitamin Berries collection.
“As we expand and diversify the Proven Winners ColorChoice collection, we look both to trends, like edibles, and to improving upon beloved plants,” said Tim Wood, director of new product development and marketing. “Disease resistance, hardiness, and invasiveness are always in the forefront of our minds, and it shows in the 2014 new introductions.”
The Lo & Behold line of sterile butterfly bush expands to include Lo & Behold ‘Pink Micro Chip’ buddleia, among the smallest of the series at 18 to 24 inches tall and wide. Small pink blooms cover the compact plant, continuously blooming from mid-summer to frost without deadheading. The collection of dwarf, noninvasive plants include ‘Blue Chip’, ‘Ice Chip’, ‘Lilac Chip’, and ‘Purple Haze’. Also new is an improved ‘Blue Chip’ called ‘Blue Chip Jr.’, a smaller, less brittle option with silver-green foliage.
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Other additions include the first tetraploid winterberry, Little Goblin; a pair of extremely Phytophthora-resistant rhododendrons, Handy Man Pink and Handy Man Purple; a sterile golden privet, Golden Ticket; and a compact, yellow-leaved companion to Black Lace elderberry, Lemon Lace.