Every year, major publications come out with their "Best of" new plants list. This year, the folks at Fine Gardening were no exception, and included First Editions® Cinnamon Girl™ Distylium as one of their Best New Shrubs for 2016. They call it "a disease-free alternative to boxwood." That's one great attribute of this plant; for those of you that deal with boxwood blight and other insect and disease issues, Distylium is a great disease-resistant alternative. Cinnamon Girl™ is also unique in that it has higher cold tolerance than the species. This variety has plum-purple new grown and then turns blue-green as the leaves mature. Click HERE to learn more about Cinnamon Girl™, or click HERE to read the digital issue of Fine Gardening.
For those of you cold climate gardeners that love the Northern Lights series of azalea, you're in luck! First Editions® Electric Lights™ Red Azalea comes from the same breeder, so the cold hardiness and incredible color you trust is back...this time with a red flower! This variety has been tested and is a true zone 4 shrub that does well in full sun or part shade. In spring, it is absolutely covered in true fire engine-red flowers that have that unmistakable azalea fragrance. Electric Lights™ Red grows in an upright mound, but stays relatively compact with a mature size of 4-5' tall and 3-4' wide. Try them in the back of a border planting, especially with other perennials or shrubs that don't have as much spring color. This new variety will be something you and your friends will talk about all spring, and look forward to all winter long! For more photos and information, click HERE!