Three New Cultivars I am Trying and Why

One of the great benefits of my job is access to a ton of interesting plants from our growers.  I recently had some large Leyland Cypress come down on my neighbor’s property, with the result that my front yard gets a lot more light, and I have a bit more space to add some new plants.  Read on to learn about three exciting new cultivars I’ve added to my garden.

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Teddy Bear’ – Teddy Bear Magnolia

Teddy Bear Magnolia

I’ve been wanting a Magnolia for years but never had the space for one.  Now that I have a bit more room I’ve decided to try one of the dwarf varieties.  Teddy Bear has the large leaves of a full-size variety but it supposed to reach just 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide at maturity.

Spirea ‘Magic Carpet’ – Magic Carpet Spirea

Magic Carpet Spirea

I love spirea for a couple of reasons.  The first is that I’ve never had one die – anywhere – on any client’s property – that’s a tough plant!  Secondly, because it has the look and texture of many summer blooming perennials but with the low maintenance characteristics of a dwarf shrub.  I think Magic Carpet is a great cultivar to try because of its small size, red new growth which changes to chartreuse, and pretty summer flowers.

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ – Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea

Oak Leaf Hydrangeas are one of my favorite native plants because of their summer blooms and bright fall color.  Ruby Slippers is a dwarf variety reaching just 4 feet tall and 5 feet wide, with pink blooms and excellent fall color.

All three plants are in the ground right now – I’m excited to see how they look in each season and I’ll update you later this year on their performance.

Interested in adding some new (or old) varieties of shrubs and trees to your property?  Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919-619-4460 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!