10 Exciting New Plants in 2021

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10 Exciting New Plants in 2021

Another season in the landscape is on the horizon! Now is a great time to trial plants that are new to the market, new to our inventory, or new in a larger quantity. Find a mix of new, unique, and native plants this upcoming season, including a new JN original Spirea developed by Johnson's Nursery and Mike Yanny. 'New’ to us is also something people don’t have and is relatively new to our industry. Firespire® Musclewood was released 15 years ago, but we would consider that plant ‘new’ as well.

If you have your heart set on any one plant, call and pre-order yours today. We do our best to constantly stock a variety of sizes, but new plants do sell out quickly. Visit our Public Inventory to see what's available. If you don't see one of these on availability now, you will sometime this season. Inquire sooner than later!

Cytherea Peony
Paeonia x 'Cytherea'

Large, intense coral-rose-colored, 6-inch wide, bowl-shaped, semi-double flowers on sturdy, upright stems. Bloom color softens as they age, creating a simultaneous bouquet of colors ranging from deep French rose to pale peachy pink.

New to our inventory.

Category: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24-36 inches
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Shape: Upright, Shrub
T Rex Hosta
Hosta x 'T Rex'

An enormous hosta with a lush foliage mound of epic proportions. This garden giant produces extremely large, slightly corrugated, undulating, green leaves. Relatively slow growing, given time and growing room in a shady spot, it is certain to become king of the garden.

New to market.

Category: Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 2
Height: 3 feet
Spread: 6.5 feet
Exposure: Part to Full Shade
Shape: Shrub

Neon Burst™ Dogwood
Cornus alba 'ByBoughen' PP27,956

Attractive chartreuse leaves keep their color in the sun and summer heat. New leaves are tinged with bronze and the stems have a rich red hue early in the season. In the fall, foliage becomes a rainbow of purple, red, yellow and orange with stems turning glossy scarlet red in the winter.

New to market 2020, better salable quantity 2021.

Category: Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 2
Height: 4-6 feet
Spread: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Shape: Compact, Mounded
Kodiak® Orange Bush Honeysuckle
Diervilla x 'G2X88544' PP27,548

Orange new growth and glowing orange-red fall foliage. Adaptable to most soils, including dry ones. Bright yellow flowers in early summer add to its appeal. A durable plant that thrives in sun or shade, its is drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and can even grow in dry shade.

New to market 2020, better salable quantity 2021.

Category: Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 3-4 feet
Spread: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun to Shade
Shape: Clump

Fire Light Tidbit™ Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata 'SMNHPK' PPAF

The tiniest, tidiest panicle hydrangea yet! White mophead flowers appear in early summer and develop tones of pinks and reds as the season progresses. Dozens of full mophead flowers atop strong stems. Fertilize in early spring as the ground begins to thaw.

New to market.

Category: Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height: 2-3 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Shape: Compact
Whorled Milkweed
Asclepias verticillata

Small, white flowers in clusters that reach 3" across in summer. It is distinguished from other milkweeds by its smooth, needle-like, whorled leaves arranged on a generally unbranched stem. In fall the gray-green foliage turns yellow to orange, and the pencil thin seed pods are very decorative. An excellent food source for butterfly larvae.

Better salable quantity 2021.

Category: Native Perennial
Hardiness Zone: 3
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Native: Yes

My Monet Purple Effect® Weigela
Weigela florida 'Verweig8' PPAF

An improved version of the very popular My Monet® weigela. New color, more flowers, and better adaptability, while sharing all the charm. Variegated cream and mint green foliage takes on purple (as opposed to pink) tones.

New to our inventory.

Category: Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 18-30 inches
Spread: 18-30 inches
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Shape: Mounded, Compact
Cucumbertree Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata

Large shade tree with yellow-green flowers. Very hardy but intolerant of drought. Flowers emerge after foliage. By mid-September, the most amazing, unique hot pink fruit forms.

New to our inventory.

Category: Tree
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 80 feet
Spread: 20-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Shape: Pyramidal

Chinkapin Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii

An alkaline soil loving oak. Large tree capable of growing in the poorest of soils. Small acorns are extremely attractive to wildlife. Rare in Wisconsin, but when found is usually growing near riparian areas.

Better salable quantity 2021.

Category: Tree
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 75 feet
Spread: 75 feet
Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Native: Yes
Spot On™ Spirea
Spiraea x fritschiana 'JN Select J' PP31,995

Blazing shades of red, orange and yellow make this the prettiest fall color Spirea we have ever seen. Blooms in early June with sporadic summer rebloom. Mounded habit that needs little pruning. Introduction by Johnson Plants/Plants Nouveau and Mike Yanny.

New to market.

Category: Shrub
Hardiness Zone: 4
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 4-7 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Shape: Upright