Bailey Nurseries, founded in 1905, has earned the reputation as a leader in the nursery industry with inventive techniques, high-quality plants and active involvement in industry organizations. It is one of the United States’ largest wholesale nurseries. Today, new plants can be found in their three brands: Endless Summer Collection Hydrangeas, Easy Elegance Roses and First Editions. These are the new varieties Bailey is bringing to market in 2011:
Hydrangea arborescens Bella Anna (‘PIIHA-I’)
Part of the Endless Summer collection, Bella Anna features large, peppy pink blooms. Harsh winter weather or severe pruning is not a problem for Bella Anna. This hardy, reliable hydrangea keeps blooming from early summer through fall, with minimal care. Grows 3 feet tall and wide. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 3–9.
Rosa Pinktopia (‘BAImas’ )
Pinktopia, an Easy Elegance rose, packs masses of dreamy medium pink blooms against dark green leaves. Pinktopia’s new growth is a stunning red. It makes a great low-maintenance accent plant or hedge. Recurrent bloom cycle. Grows 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 4–9.
Rosa Sigrid Rose (‘UMNsigrid’)
This Northern Accent beauty boasts enormous clusters of red double blooms. Reaches just over 3 feet with inch-wide double flowers. Everblooming. Zones 4–9.
Hibiscus syriacus Bali (‘Minfren’)
With its beautiful white blooms, First Editions Bali hibiscus will grant a glimpse of garden paradise July through September. Its semidouble white petals are perfectly accentuated by a purple-red center and lush green foliage. Grows 5 to 8 feet tall and spreads 4 to 7 feet. Full sun. Zones 5–8.
Hibiscus syriacus Fiji (‘Minspot’)
Fiji hibiscus will bring to mind beautiful exotic islands. The buds start out medium pink, then open to semidouble flowers that fade to a lighter pink hue. A deep red center dramatically highlights the delicate blossoms. Grows 5 to 8 feet tall, spreads 4 to 7 feet. Full sun. Zones 5–8.
Hibiscus syriacus Tahiti (‘Mineru’)
Tahiti’s gorgeous semidouble blooms are a deep pink-purple accented with a dramatic deep red center. It can flower from July through October. Reaches 5 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 7 feet wide. Full sun. Zones 5–8.
Hydrangea paniculata Great Star (‘Le Vasterival’)
This First Editions discovery from the renowned French garden of the late Princess Greta Sturdza features giant star-shaped flowers. The wavy white florets can be up to 4 inches across! Best of all, this hydrangea will flower from midsummer until the first hard frost. Reaches 6 to 7 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. Zones 4–8.
Physocarpus opulifolius Little Devil (‘Donna May’)
An exciting improvement in ninebark, First Editions Little Devil resists pests and diseases and requires very little maintenance. It keeps its compact shape without pruning, making it great as a background or in a shrub border. Grows up to 4 feet tall and wide. Full sun or part shade. Zones 3–7.
Juniperus scopulorum Sky High (‘Bailigh’)
Sky High juniper’s silvery blue foliage makes it an excellent choice in evergreens. It keeps its strong columnar shape with very little pruning. It is tolerant of dry soil and very easy to grow and maintain. Grows 12 to 15 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Full sun. Zones 3–7.
Hydrangea paniculata Tickled Pink (‘HYPMAD II’)
Tickled Pink’s cone-shaped blossoms start out soft white then gradually turn a rosy pink. The extraordinary blooms are loaded with petals that curve, giving Tickled Pink a lacy, flirty look. Grows 4 to 5 feet tall and spreads 5 to 6 feet. Full Sun. Zones 4–8.