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Baptisia Decadence® ‘Sparkling Sapphires’

Common name: False indigo

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Shorter in stature than most Baptisia, at 2.5 to 3’ tall; vivid, violet-blue blossoms make this stand out in a crowd
  • 2.5 to 3’ tall and wide
  • Full sun to light shade; well-drained soil; low to average moisture
  • Pest and disease resistant if grown properly; beneficial to keep the foliage dry
  • Liners; bare root

Buddleia Humdinger™ ‘Orchid Annie’

Common name: Butterfly bush

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 5 to 10
  • Compact, without getting too small and sacrificing performance; orchid-purple flower panicles appear on a perfectly rounded habit
  • 2.5 to 3’ tall by 3.5 to 4’ wide
  • Full sun; water sparingly before plants break dormancy, then dry to average moisture
  • Root-knot nematode, aphids; mites; stem canker; root rot, scab
  • Liners; 20ct, 72ct containers

Hibiscus ‘Mars Madness’

Common name: Rose mallow

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Unique color combination of olive-green foliage and cerise-red flowers; manageable height but wide, spreading foliage makes this hibiscus a great choice for landscapers
  • 4 to 4.5’ tall by 6 to 6.5’ wide; finishes
    quickly—6 to 8 weeks, 14 weeks to flower
  • Full sun to light shade; average to consistent
    moisture—do not let plants dry out
  • Diseases are rare; common pests are Japanese
    beetles, sawflies, spider mites, whiteflies
  • Liners; #1 grade, 72ct containers

Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’

Common name: Rose mallow

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • This hardy hibiscus takes the popular ‘Summer Storm’ and shrinks it to half the height, improving the habit without compromising flower size
  • 3’ tall by 4.5 to 5’ wide; finishes quickly—6 to 8 weeks, 14 weeks to flower
  • Full sun to light shade; average to consistent moisture—do not let plants dry out
  • Diseases are rare; common pests are Japanese beetles, sawflies, spider mites, whiteflies
  • Liners; bare root; #1 grade, 72ct containers

Monarda ‘Leading Lady Lilac’

Common name: Bee balm

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Blooms earlier and forms a more petite clump than the typical Monarda didyma varieties; dark green, glossy foliage is topped with light lilac-purple blossoms
  • 10 to 14” tall by 22 to 28” wide
  • Full sun to light shade; average to consistent moisture—do not let plants dry out
  • Aphids, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies; Cercospora leaf spot, Rhizoctonia crown rot and rust; spacing and good air circulation is helpful against some diseases such as powdery mildew, although this variety is more resistant to mildew
  • Liners; 20 ct, 72ct containers

Monarda ‘Rockin’ Raspberry’

Common name: Bee balm

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • At 20” tall, this pollinator friendly plant is perfect for the middle of the border; dark raspberry flowers appear above the dark green foliage
  • 20” tall and wide
  • Full sun to light shade; average to consistent moisture—do not let plants dry out
  • Aphids, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies; Cercospora leaf spot, Rhizoctonia crown rot and rust; spacing and good air circulation is helpful against some diseases such as powdery mildew, although this variety is more resistant to mildew
  • Liners; 20 ct, 72ct containers

Panicum virgatum Prairie Winds™ ‘Apache Rose’

Common name: Switch grass

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Native cultivars are hot right now, and this rose-colored flowering beauty is the perfect pick for your ornamental grass need; typical Panicum bloom tan or cream
  • 4’ tall by 2.5’ wide
  • Full sun; average to moist soil
  • Not problematic, but keep an eye out for crown rot, leaf spots and rust
  • Liners; 20 ct, 72ct containers

Phlox ‘Opening Act Blush’

Common name: Hybrid phlox

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Blooms a few weeks earlier than typical Phlox paniculata varieties with light lavender-pink flowers; dark green, glossy foliage is mildew resistant
  • 18 to 20” tall and wide
  • Full sun; start dry until shoot appear, then keep consistently moist and well-fertilized
  • Naturally mildew resistant, a disease that typically plagues Phlox paniculata
  • Liners; bare root; G1, 72ct containers

Tiarella ‘Fingerpaint’

Common name: Foamflower

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • Beautiful, bright green foliage in spring is the perfect addition to the shade; burgundy blotches appear in the leaf centers; ivory flowers in spring
  • 9” tall by 12” wide; semi-running habit
  • Part to full shade; once established, allow to dry out between waterings; does not tolerate overly wet conditions
  • Root and crown rots, caused by the pathogens
    Phytopthora, Pythium and Rhizoctonia, are sometimes a problem if grown under overly wet or cool conditions; supply adequate circulation to avoid Botrytis
  • Liners; 30ct containers

Veronica Magic Show® ‘White Wands’

Common name: Spike speedwell

Trademark: PPAF

Introduced by: Walters Gardens Inc., Zeeland, Michigan

  • Zones 4 to 9
  • The perfect white Veronica to add to your Veronica lineup; looks clean throughout the season; blooms without vernalization
  • 14 to 16” tall by 16 to 20” wide
  • Full sun to part shade; moderate to moist soil; allow soil to dry out between waterings
  • Aphids, thrips and whiteflies; Botrytis, powdery mildew and rust
  • Liners; bare root; G1, 72ct containers

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