Green Thumb Awards

Are you already thinking about what changes or additions to make in your garden for next year? Consider the new plants that won the 2014 Green Thumb Awards from the Direct Gardening Association in the US. According to the jury*, these are the best new plant varieties for 2014:

  • Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ from Spring Meadow Nursery and bred by Szczepan Marczyński (Poland)
  • Vaccinium ‘Blueberry Glaze’ from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Ore.
  • Syringa Bloomerang® Dark Purple from Spring Meadow Nursery bred by Tim Wood
  • Baptisia ‘Blue Towers’ from Plant Delights Nursery
Baptisia ‘Blue Towers’ Photo: www.mtcubacenter.org
Syringa Bloomerang® Dark Purple Photo: Proven Winners®
Vaccinium ‘Blueberry Glaze’ Photo: Fall Creek Farm & Nursery
Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ Photo: Proven Winners®

The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden concept from High Country Gardens also received a 2014 Green Thumb Award. This concept is meant for gardeners who enjoy watching birds feed and flit from plant to plant. The instant garden was created by garden designer Lauren Springer Ogden in collaboration with High Country Gardens.

*The jury consists of an independent panel of garden writers and editors. The winning products were selected based on their uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners. The Green Thumb Awards recognizes outstanding new garden products available by mail or online.

Do any of these new plants appeal to you?