While the Milwaukee Brewers are practicing and building their team, so are we here at Johnson's Nursery. Our team of plants is made up of veterans and rookies. Some of the all-star veterans of our team include our J.N Strain Musclewood, oaks of all types, and the Koreanspice viburnums (‘Spice Island’ and ‘Sugar n’ Spice’). The 2018 spring training rookies are coming in strong this year too, and I’m talking some potential long term players here! This line up of rookies is bound to really ‘up your game’ in the garden!
Featured Image: Centennial Blush Star Magnolia
This is dwarf buttonbush is like a ‘can of corn’ – easy to catch! It is a compact version of the original buttonbush with great fall color of oranges and reds. Same fragrant white sphere as the original (in summer), and loves having wet ‘feet’ so be sure to plant this one in the wetter areas of your garden. Just make sure it has full sun. It is as attractive to butterflies as the high fast balls are to Ryan Braun.
We’re hoping for a Homerun out of this hydrangea and not another slump from the Hydrangea family. This one is a dwarf compact version of ‘Annabelle’, so this player has a lot to live up to! Large white mophead flowers on sturdy stems. Same mounding habit, but only getting up to 2.5’ tall and wide. It does best in partial sun. We are hedging our bets on this Rookie, but it’s looking good!
This one is coming in hot! Large dark mauve colored mophead flowers with a slightly larger habit than ‘Wee White’. Same growth requirement of partial sun. Yet another relative of ‘Annabelle’ but this one is throws us a curveball, and we love it!
A super-star magnolia! A relative of ‘Royal Star’ magnolia with the same small petals in a floriferous cluster, but the petals are pale PINK! Similar habit (16’ x 12’) and needs lots of sun to produce these flowers. These fragrant flowers are a big hit in early spring.
This family of roses is crushing it! Right of the bat in early summer, these roses start flowering clusters of smaller flowers (red, pink, coral) and don’t stop until the series is over (freezing temps). They may be small (2’ x 3’) but they really bring some heat to the garden. Plant them in full sun and sit back and enjoy the game.