2020 Top 10 Best New Plants

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2020 Top 10 Best New Plants

Another season in your landscape is on the horizon, and now is a great time to preview some of the newer plants we're releasing in 2020. Many avid plant people love trialing new releases in their own landscape. Visit us and find a diverse mix of fun, unique, some native, and Johnson's Nursery Originals for you to check out this season. As always, if you have your heart set on any one plant, call and reserve your stock. We do our best to constantly stock a variety of sizes, but plants do sell out. Visit our Public Inventory at your leisure.

Raspberry Lemonade™ Ninebark

Newly developed by Milwaukee, Wisconsin native and UW-River Falls professor David Zlesak. We reached out to our friend to send us his pictures, and they don't disappoint. They tell a story of a new, exciting dwarf landscape shrub with bright coral red buds in spring, maturing to clusters of white flowers, and again maturing to coral red persistent fruits. All of this occurring over a backdrop of yellow tinted foliage. And beneath the foliage is gnarly, exfoliating bark - a characteristic of the Ninebark family.

There are a few Ninebarks out there. So what makes this one special? Unlike Lemon Candy Ninebark, which has pink tinged flower buds then ages to reddish/brown spent blooms, Raspberry Lemonade's seed heads take on a rich coral color straight away and follows through to the spent blooms. It is marked as a new and improved chartreuse-yellow leaved Ninebark.

Mariken Ginkgo

Few are unfamiliar with the Ginkgo family. With its unique, fan-shaped leaves, vibrant yellow fall color, and dramatic end-of-season leaf drop, Ginkgos are iconic in any landscape setting. Most of the varieties on the market male cultivars (without smell) and will grow to between 40-50 feet tall and 15-30 feet wide over a long time. A stately, mid-height tree!

And now you can find a Ginkgo in shrub form. There's nothing else like it out there! In time expect a 4-6 feet tall and wide Ginkgo with the same characteristics as the rest of the family, such as deer resistant, urban approved, tolerant of a wide range of soils, and slow grower. This may become a staple in the Asian/Zen landscape alongside other elegant, unique specimen plants.

Early Glow™ Buckeye

A Johnson's Nursery Original, Early Glow™ Buckeye is an improvement on Buckeyes with scorch resistance, fire-red fall color, and large yellow spring flowers. This mid-height tree matures to 35' feet high with a pristine oval canopy about 35' wide. In spring, you may notice large flowers on shade trees, and there's a good chance you're looking at a Buckeye. Hummingbird enthusiasts love this tree.

30 years in the making! Buckeyes take 8+ years to achieve reproductive age; this selection also produces fewer nuts compared to the rest of the Buckeye family. Reduced fruiting means less cleanup and maintenance for the end user. Early Glow™ is also tolerant of a wide range of soil types, and salt spray. All if its qualities make it an ideal Urban Approved plant. We are thrilled to have substantial stock available for 2020.

American Gold Rush Rudbeckia

You'll have a blast with this summer-lovin' perennial. It's a hybrid nativar (a version of a native plant) that thrives in full sun, average-to-dry soil conditions, and tolerates both hot and humid summer months. Since it's naturally compact, it does well in mass plantings. This variety of Rudbeckia has smaller foliage and is shorter height than most varieties and also holds some color up until frost.

Just another Black-eyed Susan? Think again! This award winner sets itself apart from other Rudbeckias because it boasts high disease resistance. Septoria Leaf Spot is a common ailment among Rudbeckias, and this ray of sunshine was bred to have minimal pest issues. This is an upgrade to your traditional Black-eyed Susans.

Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac

Another Johnson's Nursery Original, Lacette™ Fragrant Sumac was selected by Mike Yanny for its dense, mounded habit, refined texture, and better mite resistance compared to other Sumacs. Like its parent Rhus aromatica, this shrub is tolerant of the toughest sites and will perform well in parking lots and embankments. Because Lacette™ has an extremely high wildlife and pollinator value, we’re expecting great things from this interesting, full sun, shrub.

Now available to the public! Lacette™ was released in 2019, but only to partners for trialing. After receiving rave reviews, we're bringing nearly 100 plants online in 2020. It's not a huge crop and they will likely go fast, but we welcome Lacette™ to the world along the other Johnson's Nursery Originals.

Raspberry Spear® Crabapple

Crabapples (Malus spp.) are one of the most diverse plant families, offering varieties with different heights, shapes/habits, and flower colors. Raspberry Spear® joins the team as a magenta flowering, purple-leaf, extremely upright variety with excellent apple scab and fire blight resistance - two common pests/problems to all crabapples. Although not a true native, crabapples are known for their wildlife value across the board, and we guarantee the same from Raspberry Spear®

Only a handful of nurseries were given access to Raspberry Spear® in 2020. The availability of this plant will be tight this year, and our stock is expected to sell out quickly. Crabapples continue to remain popular!

Firebird® Crabapple

A Johnson's Nursery Original, Firebird® Crabapple is one of the most popular crabapples in our region. We've been growing this sweet smelling snow-white flower crabapple for years. The fruiting qualities of Firebird® are superior to all other small-scale crabapples. Its tiny ruby-red crabapples provide color into late winter.

So, what's changed? The availability of these plants in containers. The interest of homeowners and wholesale customers alike is undeniable. While we continue to field-grow these plants for those who want larger, more mature sizes, a new availability of container grown Firebird® Crabapples will allow more people access to this staple of ornamental landscapes.

White Prairie Clover

This eco-beneficial perennial is a long bloomer that boasts importance in restoring native ecosystems. There are a few Wisconsin natives that are all-around powerhouses, and qualities like Urban Approved, low maintenance, fragrant, attracts all pollinator types, and long blooming set it apart from the crowd.

A new Wisconsin native? How can a native plant be new? Well, technically it's not new; however it's returning to our inventory. Some plants are brought online every few years, and like we encourage diversity in our inventory, you should encourage diversity in your landscape. This rock star is back on stage in 2020!

Violet Uprising

An origination new to 2020 from Johnson's Nursery & J.N Plant Selections (Mike Yanny). Violet Uprising™ shines as a fragrant hedge and is ideal along property lines or to create ‘rooms’ in your landscape. It's especially well-suited to formal landscapes, although you can also use it as a vertical accent near a three-seasons room or patio where you’ll be able to enjoy its spring fragrance. Like all lilacs, Violet Uprising™ will attract butterflies and hummingbirds with its intoxicating flowers, but unlike all lilacs, it boasts upright branching and more profuse flowering.

Be ready to snag this rising superstar for your landscape soon. It will go quickly. Violet Uprising™ Lilac is a seedling selection of Miss Kim Lilac made by Michael Yanny, and after years of trial and observation, the plant is ready to bring to market for its tidy upright habit, good fall color, and excellent flowering.