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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year™

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

Common Names

Variegated Solomon’s Seal
Striped Solomon’s Seal
Fragrant Solomon’s Seal
Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is the Perennial Plant Association’s 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year™.  Polygonatum odoratum, pronounced po-lig-o-nay’tum o-do-ray’tum vair-e-ah-gay’tum, carries the common names of variegated Solomon’s Seal, striped Solomon’s Seal, fragrant Solomon’s Seal and variegated fragrant Solomon’s Seal. This all-season perennial has greenish-white flowers in late spring and variegated foliage throughout the growing season. The foliage turns yellow in the fall and grows well in moist soil in partial to full shade.

The genus Polygonatum, native to Europe, Asia, and North America is a member of the Asparagaceae family. It was formerly found in the family Liliaceae. Regardless of its new location, members of Polygonatum are excellent perennials for the landscape. The genus botanical name (Polygonatum) comes from poly (many) and gonu (knee joints) and refers to the many-jointed rhizome from which the leaves arise. The common name Solomon’s Seal has several proposed derivations. The first is that the scar that remains on the rootstock after the leaf stalks die off in the fall resembles the seal impressed on wax on documents in the past. The second source is that John Gerard, the English botanist and herbalist, suggested that the powdered roots were an excellent remedy for broken bones. He also felt that the plant had the capacity for “sealing wounds,” which was why the perennial received the common name – Solomon’s Seal.

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ grows 18 to 24 inches tall and will spread by rhizomes to form colonies. The oval-shaped leaves are carried on upright, arching, unbranched stems. The variegated leaves are light green with white tips and margins. Leaves turn an attractive yellow in the autumn. Sweetly fragrant, small, bell-shaped white flowers with green tips, are borne on short pedicels from the leaf axils underneath the arching stems. Bluish-black berries are sometimes present in the autumn

Variegated Solomon’s Seal is a classic beauty for the shady woodland garden or the part-shade to full-shade border. It is a great companion plant to other shade lovers including hostas, ferns, and astilbes. The sweet fragrance will enhance that walk along a pathway on a spring morning. Flower arrangers will find the variegated foliage to be an attribute for spring floral arrangements. And finally, this all-season perennial offers yellow fall foliage color.

 

There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon’s Seal.  Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade garden, especially a more natural one.

polygonatum-foliage-224x300Light: Variegated Solomon’s seal performs well in part to full shade conditions.

Soil: Variegated Solomon’s seal prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Uses: This perennial offers vivid highlights in shaded areas of borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. The variegated foliage is attractive in flower arrangements.

Unique Qualities: Solomon’s Seal has arching stems that carry pairs of small, bell-shaped, white flowers in mid to late spring. The variegated ovate leaves are soft green with white tips and margins. Fall leaf color is yellow.

Maintenance: There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon’s seal. Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade area.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses

Blooms from Spring until Frost. Easy to Grow. Low Maintenance. Great Disease Resistance.

Star® Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle is proud to have introduced all seven members of The Knock Out® Family of Roses:
•    The Knock Out® Rose
•    The Double Knock Out® Rose
•    The Pink Knock Out® Rose
•    The Pink Double Knock Out® Rose
•    The Rainbow Knock Out® Rose
•    The Blushing Knock Out® Rose
•    The Sunny Knock Out® Rose

Rose Breeder, Bill Radler, has revolutionized the way we think of roses. With the creation of The Knock Out® Rose, many say that he single-handedly brought rose genetics from the 20th Century into the 21st Century.

The Knock Out® Rose, Radler’s first commercial success and a 2000 AARS winner, has broken all records for sales of a new rose. Today The Knock Out® Rose is the most widely sold rose in North America.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses are easy to grow and do not require special care. They are the most disease resistant rose on the market. They have stunning flower power with a generous bloom cycle (about every 5-6 weeks) that will continue until the first hard frost. All of the Knock Out® Roses are self-cleaning so there is no need to deadhead.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses are winter hardy to USDA Zone 5 and heat tolerant throughout the entire U.S. They thrive in almost every area of the country. In the coldest regions, they will need winter protection.

If unpruned, The Knock Out® Family of Roses can easily grow to be more than 3-4′ wide x 3-4′ tall.  A once a year cut (to about 12″ above the ground) in early spring (after the last hard frost) is also recommended for maximum performance.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses can fit into any landscape. Plant them individually among shrubs, annuals and perennials in mixed beds and borders. Plant them in large groups to create a colorful hedge. Plant them along a foundation to provide a bright border. Want some more ideas? Check out our Knock Out® Family photo gallery to get inspired.

Research and development continues each year to find new members of The Knock Out® Family of Roses. To assure that these new introductions meet the standards set by the original Knock Out® rose, all test varieties are evaluated for several years in a wide variety of climates and growing conditions at locations around the country. Only a fraction of the test varieties will meet the Knock Out® standards and will be introduced.

Endless Summer Hydrangeas

A Collection Beyond Compare

Simply stated, the Endless Summer® Collection offers the most extraordinary plants in the world. It’s a big promise and, fortunately, one that the plants can deliver upon. The collection began with a single plant — Endless Summer The Original. This hydrangea’s remarkable ability to bloom on both old and new wood caused a revolution.

This feature was then inherited by the next plant in the collection – Endless Summer Blushing Bride. This equally stunning hydrangea that featured white mopheads inspired thousands to march down the aisles of their local garden center. Now, the newest addition to the collection, Twist-n-Shout will be the talk of your next garden party.

We are now pleased to present the newest member of the collection, Twist-n-Shout, a reblooming lacecap hydrangea with periwinkle or lipstick pink blossoms.

Both of these plants are incredibly versatile and hardy – performing well all the way to zone 4. As other plants are added to the Endless Summer Collection, great care will be taken to ensure that only the best, most breakthrough plants pass our rigid standards, before they are allowed to be part of the Endless Summer Collection.

DSC_0051-150x150Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (PP15,298)
Common Name: Endless Summer® The Original Bigleaf Hydrangea

Endless Summer® The Original is a mop-head type hydrangea with the unique ability to bloom consistently on both old and new wood. The result is a plant that provides beautiful flowers all summer long. The flowers grow up to 8″ in diameter, with pink blooms in alkaline soils and blue blooms in acidic soil. Since Endless Summer The Original blooms on new wood, removal of spent flowers will encourage rebloom.

bella-anna-lg-1-150x150Our first Pink Annabelle Hydrangea, Bella Anna®
Bella Anna

The Newest Addition to the Endless Summer® Collection

Say hello to Bella Anna®, a remarkable reblooming magenta-pink Hydrangea Arborescens (‘Annabelle’). This hydrangea is a color breakthrough for Hydrangea arborescens and the newest addition to the Endless Summer® Collection. This arborescens blooms from summer all the way through fall, just like the other hydrangeas in this extraordinary collection.

Bella Anna features a strong stem to support the weight of those beautiful magenta-pink blooms, ensuring each one stands tall and proud. And it certainly wasn’t by accident. Over 50 ‘Annabelles’ were painstakingly tested before arriving at one that was good enough to be called an Endless Summer. And, like the rest of the Endless Summer Collection, Bella Anna is easy to grow and performs effortlessly.

 

Endless Summer Hydrangeas

A Collection Beyond Compare

Simply stated, the Endless Summer® Collection offers the most extraordinary plants in the world. It’s a big promise and, fortunately, one that the plants can deliver upon. The collection began with a single plant — Endless Summer The Original. This hydrangea’s remarkable ability to bloom on both old and new wood caused a revolution.

This feature was then inherited by the next plant in the collection – Endless Summer Blushing Bride. This equally stunning hydrangea that featured white mopheads inspired thousands to march down the aisles of their local garden center. Now, the newest addition to the collection, Twist-n-Shout will be the talk of your next garden party.

We are now pleased to present the newest member of the collection, Twist-n-Shout, a reblooming lacecap hydrangea with periwinkle or lipstick pink blossoms.

Both of these plants are incredibly versatile and hardy – performing well all the way to zone 4. As other plants are added to the Endless Summer Collection, great care will be taken to ensure that only the best, most breakthrough plants pass our rigid standards, before they are allowed to be part of the Endless Summer Collection.

DSC_0051Botanical Name: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Bailmer’ (PP15,298)
Common Name: Endless Summer® The Original Bigleaf Hydrangea

Endless Summer® The Original is a mop-head type hydrangea with the unique ability to bloom consistently on both old and new wood. The result is a plant that provides beautiful flowers all summer long. The flowers grow up to 8″ in diameter, with pink blooms in alkaline soils and blue blooms in acidic soil. Since Endless Summer The Original blooms on new wood, removal of spent flowers will encourage rebloom.

bella-anna-lg-1Our first Pink Annabelle Hydrangea, Bella Anna®
Bella Anna

The Newest Addition to the Endless Summer® Collection

Say hello to Bella Anna®, a remarkable reblooming magenta-pink Hydrangea Arborescens (‘Annabelle’). This hydrangea is a color breakthrough for Hydrangea arborescens and the newest addition to the Endless Summer® Collection. This arborescens blooms from summer all the way through fall, just like the other hydrangeas in this extraordinary collection.

Bella Anna features a strong stem to support the weight of those beautiful magenta-pink blooms, ensuring each one stands tall and proud. And it certainly wasn’t by accident. Over 50 ‘Annabelles’ were painstakingly tested before arriving at one that was good enough to be called an Endless Summer. And, like the rest of the Endless Summer Collection, Bella Anna is easy to grow and performs effortlessly.

 

The Knock Out® Family of Roses

Blooms from Spring until Frost. Easy to Grow. Low Maintenance. Great Disease Resistance.

Star® Roses and Plants/Conard-Pyle is proud to have introduced all seven members of The Knock Out® Family of Roses:
•    The Knock Out® Rose
•    The Double Knock Out® Rose
•    The Pink Knock Out® Rose
•    The Pink Double Knock Out® Rose
•    The Rainbow Knock Out® Rose
•    The Blushing Knock Out® Rose
•    The Sunny Knock Out® Rose

Rose Breeder, Bill Radler, has revolutionized the way we think of roses. With the creation of The Knock Out® Rose, many say that he single-handedly brought rose genetics from the 20th Century into the 21st Century.

The Knock Out® Rose, Radler’s first commercial success and a 2000 AARS winner, has broken all records for sales of a new rose. Today The Knock Out® Rose is the most widely sold rose in North America.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses are easy to grow and do not require special care. They are the most disease resistant rose on the market. They have stunning flower power with a generous bloom cycle (about every 5-6 weeks) that will continue until the first hard frost. All of the Knock Out® Roses are self-cleaning so there is no need to deadhead.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses are winter hardy to USDA Zone 5 and heat tolerant throughout the entire U.S. They thrive in almost every area of the country. In the coldest regions, they will need winter protection.

If unpruned, The Knock Out® Family of Roses can easily grow to be more than 3-4′ wide x 3-4′ tall.  A once a year cut (to about 12″ above the ground) in early spring (after the last hard frost) is also recommended for maximum performance.

The Knock Out® Family of Roses can fit into any landscape. Plant them individually among shrubs, annuals and perennials in mixed beds and borders. Plant them in large groups to create a colorful hedge. Plant them along a foundation to provide a bright border. Want some more ideas? Check out our Knock Out® Family photo gallery to get inspired.

Research and development continues each year to find new members of The Knock Out® Family of Roses. To assure that these new introductions meet the standards set by the original Knock Out® rose, all test varieties are evaluated for several years in a wide variety of climates and growing conditions at locations around the country. Only a fraction of the test varieties will meet the Knock Out® standards and will be introduced.

2013 Perennial Plant of the Year™

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

Common Names

Variegated Solomon’s Seal
Striped Solomon’s Seal
Fragrant Solomon’s Seal
Variegated Fragrant Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is the Perennial Plant Association’s 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year™.  Polygonatum odoratum, pronounced po-lig-o-nay’tum o-do-ray’tum vair-e-ah-gay’tum, carries the common names of variegated Solomon’s Seal, striped Solomon’s Seal, fragrant Solomon’s Seal and variegated fragrant Solomon’s Seal. This all-season perennial has greenish-white flowers in late spring and variegated foliage throughout the growing season. The foliage turns yellow in the fall and grows well in moist soil in partial to full shade.

The genus Polygonatum, native to Europe, Asia, and North America is a member of the Asparagaceae family. It was formerly found in the family Liliaceae. Regardless of its new location, members of Polygonatum are excellent perennials for the landscape. The genus botanical name (Polygonatum) comes from poly (many) and gonu (knee joints) and refers to the many-jointed rhizome from which the leaves arise. The common name Solomon’s Seal has several proposed derivations. The first is that the scar that remains on the rootstock after the leaf stalks die off in the fall resembles the seal impressed on wax on documents in the past. The second source is that John Gerard, the English botanist and herbalist, suggested that the powdered roots were an excellent remedy for broken bones. He also felt that the plant had the capacity for “sealing wounds,” which was why the perennial received the common name – Solomon’s Seal.

Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ grows 18 to 24 inches tall and will spread by rhizomes to form colonies. The oval-shaped leaves are carried on upright, arching, unbranched stems. The variegated leaves are light green with white tips and margins. Leaves turn an attractive yellow in the autumn. Sweetly fragrant, small, bell-shaped white flowers with green tips, are borne on short pedicels from the leaf axils underneath the arching stems. Bluish-black berries are sometimes present in the autumn

Variegated Solomon’s Seal is a classic beauty for the shady woodland garden or the part-shade to full-shade border. It is a great companion plant to other shade lovers including hostas, ferns, and astilbes. The sweet fragrance will enhance that walk along a pathway on a spring morning. Flower arrangers will find the variegated foliage to be an attribute for spring floral arrangements. And finally, this all-season perennial offers yellow fall foliage color.

 

There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon’s Seal.  Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade garden, especially a more natural one.

polygonatum foliageLight: Variegated Solomon’s seal performs well in part to full shade conditions.

Soil: Variegated Solomon’s seal prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Uses: This perennial offers vivid highlights in shaded areas of borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. The variegated foliage is attractive in flower arrangements.

Unique Qualities: Solomon’s Seal has arching stems that carry pairs of small, bell-shaped, white flowers in mid to late spring. The variegated ovate leaves are soft green with white tips and margins. Fall leaf color is yellow.

Maintenance: There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon’s seal. Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade area.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8.