Some More New Woody Plants To Look For This Spring
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale


Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at

January 10, 2016

Above, Euonymus fortunei ‘Dandel’; and Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPRZP’. Below, Syringa x ‘Pink Perfume’, and Weigela florida Sonic Bloom ‘Pink’.



Following on last week’s four new woody shrubs for this year’s gardens, here are another four I have chosen that you may wish to try in your garden this year.

The first is a new variegated Euonymus called Dan’s Delight euonymus (Euonymus fortunei ‘Dan-del’). The biggest feature this new plant seems to have going for it is that it is a compact grow-er. Euonymus fortunei ‘Dandel’ distinguishes itself by its compact habit. It has grey green leaves with a cream edge. “The plant keeps its beautiful colour combination throughout the year. It is a valuable addition to the Euonymus assortment”, wrote Dutch based nursery B. van Roessel Tuinplanten when it submitted this euonymus to the new plant competition of the Dutch trade fair GrootGroenPlus 2013 (October 2-4). At this show it got a Bronze Medal. Also the judges of the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society noted that Dan’s Delight has with its compact habit year-round a remarkable foliage colour.

This plant is being distributed by Canadale Nurseries of St. Thomas, Ontario, who sell both re-tail and wholesale.

The second item for this week is yet another Hydrangea (after the two reviewed here last week), Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMHPRZEP’ or ‘Zinfin Doll’ hydrangea.

Hydrangea is a valuable genus of some 100 species of shrubs and vines grown for their large and very showy flower heads. Hydrangeas are at their best in summer and fall—a quiet time for most woody plants—and are worth having for that reason alone.

Make room in the mixed border for this hardy showstopper. Its overstuffed panicles of creamy white blossoms blush pink from the base upward and gradually darken to rich raspberry pink. The deep green foliage provides a perfect backdrop for this exuberant floral display. .

Because Paniculata Hydrangeas bloom on new growth, they typically flower normally even if the twigs have been killed back by frost. Plant in a sunny, well-drained spot; some early afternoon shade is beneficial in hot southern regions. Prune in late winter or early spring.

This new plant, available from Sheridan Nurseries and to any garden centre which buys plants from Sheridan or Proven Winners, grows to about 200 cm high and wide.

Our third plant this week is a lilac—Syringa x ‘Pink Perfume’, Bloomerang Pink Perfume lilac. This the most recent addition to the Bloomerang series of Lilac but this time the flowers are pink. The previous selections that I’ve written about in other years were of either a blue- or purple-flower colour. Pink Perfume continues the tradition of fragrant blooms and flowering twice in a season, spring and midsummer to fall. Prune after the spring bloom and apply slow release fertilizer or compost for consistent all season feeding. The plant is said to be deer resistant, and grows 1.5 metres (60 in.) in height and width.

This plant too is available from Sheridan Nurseries in Ontario as well as Bylands Nurseries in Kelowna, B.C.

Finally for this week, I want to tell you about a new Weigela that is available from Willowbrook Nurseries in Fenwick, Ontario. It is Sonic Bloom ‘Pink’ weigela which is a deciduous shrub with a mounded habit that produces loads of hot pink flowers in May followed by waves of blooms until frost. No deadheading is needed to see strong re-blooming. Sonic Bloom attracts hummingbirds and is deer-resistant. It will grow either in part or full sun and is hardy in zones 5 to 8. It can be expected to grow 120 – 150 cm (48 – 60 in.) tall by about 150 – 180 cm (60 – 70 in.) in width.

You may find this new Weigela in many garden centres come spring since it is also a Proven Winners selection and they are writing about it as the most floriferous of Weigela cultivars to come along in years.

Next week, likely, more new plants but they will be herbaceous perennials and then in subse-quent weeks, some new annual flowers and even a few new rose cultivars.


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