Foxborough Farms of Maryland always has one of the best displays, where they show off their plant material in huge arrangements.
I fell into plant lust with a few things, including Thuja plicata 'Zebrina Extra Gold'...
... and especially this Abies pinsapo 'Aurea' (Golden Spanish Fir). I am encouraged that it is only hardy to zone 7 and grows in Spain and Morocco, hoping these facts may translate into southern heat tolerance.
This collection of Coleus had me lusting for summer.
Proven Winners had a major presence, and their plants were seen in several booths.
Truly black Petunias seem to be the new it color, but we are still debating whether we like last year's darling, Pretty Much Picasso.
Like I mentioned in last year's post, MANTS is a fairly good place to take the pulse of the horticulture business (and yes, it is a business). This year there were several faces missing from the convention floor, never to return. Also missing are the deep discounts and give-away prices of last year, as surviving nurseries have shed excess inventory. Several plant trends I saw last year seem to be continuing such as the proliferation of Heucheras, as well as the use of exotic succulents and tropicals as annuals and as container plants. There were several companies introducing new Hydrangea paniculata cultivars, and the U.S. National Arboretum was tauting two new dwarf H. quercifolia. It also looks as if the interest in home vegetable and fruit gardening may be slowing, just as bit, as well as the frantic breeding of new Hellebore varieties.
Although there was a surprising amount of color to see on a cold day, not all of it was pretty. Are you ready for blue mulch, or green?