It's that time of year. The Spring Meadow (wholesale) catalog is hot off the press and in the mail. For those of you not in the nursery business, growers across the U.S. and Canada look to Spring Meadow Nursery for small starter plants (liners) which they grow on to larger sizes.
|A tray or flat of shrub liners. We sell these starter plants to growers|
Spring Meadow also specializes in new and improved shrub varieties. We breed new shrubs and we work with plant breeders from around the world. The very best of these plants are introduced under the Proven Winners brand which can be found at better garden centers.
|Look for the distinctive white container|
For a plant to become a Proven Winner selection, we spend a lot of time testing and trialing to identify the very best plants. From breeder to garden center, it typically takes 8-10 years for a new plant to get to market. It's a long process and very few plants make the cut.
|These are trialing fields where we test and evaluate potential new shrubs|
First and foremost, we look for plants that perform in the garden. It is important to us that gardeners have success with our plants. In addition to garden performance, there are other other qualities we look for in a shrub. We look for plants that provide more seasons of color. You'll notice that many of these shrubs have colorful or attractive foliage, as well as pretty flowers. Others offer more color with extended or repeat blooming. You see, shrubs can be as colorful as perennials. Actually shrubs are perennials, they just happen to have woody stems.
Gardeners want plants that are easy to care for or that require less maintenance. That's why we look for and select dwarf or compact varieties. Compact shrubs require less pruning and care, which in turn makes your life easier. More color with less work is a great combination in a plant!
|This dwarf butterfly bush requires less care than the larger ones|
We've also developed seedless selections of species that might otherwise be invasive. This year we'll introduce three new butterfly bush hybrids that are seedless and noninvasive. We believe that gardening is the best way to be green.
|Lo & Behold Butterfly Bushes are Non-Invasive|
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