Plant Development Services to Unveil New Brands, Varieties at MANTS
Plant Development Services Inc. (PDSI) recently announced it will unveil two new brands and two new varieties within their Sunset Plant Collection and Southern Living Plant Collection brands during MANTS 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.
New for 2023
The Better Boxwood brand will be appearing on the consumer market in fall 2023. The Better Boxwood series’ four blight-resistant varieties will offer sizes and forms to fill any Boxwood need:
Buxus Skylight: 6 to 8 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, fast growing with medium-green leaves. Suitable for topiary and medium hedges.
Buxus Babylon Beauty: 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, light green leaves with low spreading growth. Suitable for groundcover or layering.
Buxus Heritage: 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, dark green leaves. Similar to Buxus sempervirens but slightly more compact. Ideal as a hedge or pruning form.
Buxus Renaissance: 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide, low-growing with dark green leaves. Ideal for low hedges.
In the spring of 2023, PDSI will debut buddleia Butterfly Candy in retail. The collection includes five flower-filled, compact-growing new varieties of butterflies’ favorite delight, butterfly bush:
- Lil’ Coconut, with warm white flowers
- Lil’ Bubblegum, with pastel light pink flowers
- Lil’ Raspberry, with electric pink flowers in fuchsia tones
- Lil’ Lavender, offering soft purple flowers
- Lil’ Grape’s bold, bright purple flowers
A habit of just 2 to 3 feet tall and wide requires no pruning while serving as the perfect stature for small garden spaces and porch container plantings. Thriving in full-sun conditions in USDA Zones 5 to 10, all Butterfly Candy varieties are waterwise once they become established.
Each of the collection’s five vibrant varieties is paired with an eye-catching, color-coordinated pot.
Two new varieties from PDSI brands are set to debut at MANTS 2023:
- Leucothoe ‘Bohemian Beauty’. The deer-resistant variegated evergreen tops off at 4 feet tall and wide, making it suitable for foundations and hedges in USDA Zones 6a to 9b. Spring’s new growth flushes with pink, green and white-speckled leaves, while small white, bell-shaped flowers offer that extra touch.
- Abelia ‘Suntastic Peach’. This abelia’s warm apricot-variegated foliage shines all four seasons, but especially in the cooler months of winter. Spring’s new foliage unveils as a warm yellow and green, highlighting its vivid crimson stems. Fragrant white tubular blooms appear in midsummer and continue through fall. This USDA Zone 6 variety is compact, reaching just 3 feet by 5 feet tall and wide.
Both varieties will both be available for the trade beginning in 2023 and for the consumer market for 2024 through the Sunset Plant Collection and the Southern Living Plant Collection.
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