Sep 19, 2013
Proven Winners ColorChoice Adds to 2014 CollectionSource: Spring Meadow Nursery, Proven Winners ColorChoice

Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Mich., has announced additions to its 2014 liner offerings and the publication of its latest catalog.

Spring Meadow Nursery, Grand Haven, Mich., has announced additions to its 2014 liner offerings and the publication of its latest catalog.

Spring Meadow, the company behind Proven Winners ColorChoice Flowering Shrubs, worked with top breeders to carefully select 22 new varieties for its 2014 liner offerings.

Additions include new colors for the popular Lo & Behold line of butterfly bush and cold hardy haskaps 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 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 attractive silver-green foliage.

A native superfruit, Sugar Mountain Blue haskap joins Lifeberry goji berries in the easy-to-grow, edibles line, Vitamin Berries. Three pollinator varieties are also available for heavier berry crops: Sugar Mountain Balalaika, Sugar Mountain Polar Bear, and Sugar Mountain Kalinka.

Other additions include the tetraploid winterberry, Little Goblin; a pair of 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.

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