We had over 100 unique plant species and cultivars on display in our exhibit this year!  With such spectacular variety, there were a few plants that had even experts asking us questions.  Here are the most popular conversation starting plants that were shining stars in our exhibit.

 

The stunning Itoh Hybrid Peonies were stopping visitors in their tracks!  A cross between the tree and herbaceous peonies, these beauties have the leaves and flowers of the tree peony but retain the ability to bloom on new growth like the herbaceous peonies. Sturdy stems reduce the need for staking. Hardy USDA Zones 4 – 8.  A mix of yellow Itoh Peonies (pictured below) were in our display that includes the cultivars ‘Bartzella’, ‘Garden Treasure’, ‘Lemon Dream’, Prairie Charm’, and ‘Yellow Waterlily’.  ‘Cora Louise’ (picture at top) had large white and pink flowers.

Itoh Hybrids

 

Next up on the list of most talked about plants is the Loropetalum chinensis ‘Zhuzhou’ (Chinese Fringe Flower).  The beautiful deep maroon foliage is retained by the plant throughout the entire growing season. Pink flowers adorn the branches in spring. It reaches a mature height of 8′-12′ tall and will spread 6′-8′ wide. Hardy USDA Zones 7-9.

Chinese Fringe Flower

 

A wondrous sight to behold for winter weary eyes.  Stachyurus chinensis ‘Celina’ (Stachyurus) is showcase plant with drooping chains of yellow flowers in spring and vibrant red and orange foliage in the fall.  It will reach heights of 8′ and spread up to 10′ wide. Hardy USDA Zones 6 – 9.

Stachyurus

Did you see a plant at our exhibit and are still wondering what it is?  Send us a picture or post it on our Facebook Page and our expert Horticultural Staff will be happy to identify if for you.