As spring begins, the Missouri Botanical Garden has identified 18 new Plants of Merit for the midwest in 2011. The Plants of Merit distinction aims to build home gardeners’ confidence in selecting annuals, perennials, shrubs and vines, trees and edible ornamentals.
Selecting good plants for the landscape can be challenging, especially when faced with numerous possibilities and limited information. New plants are introduced each year without much regional information. Meanwhile, many excellent plant selections are known only to horticulture professionals. The Plants of Merit program aims to promote diversity in the home gardening landscape, with emphasis on selecting hardy, trouble-free plants.
To be nominated as a Plant of Merit, selections must be non-invasive in our area, be easy to grow and maintain and grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois and the Kansas City metro area. Plants of Merit must also be resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects, have outstanding ornamental value and be reasonably available to purchase. Read the rest of this entry