Dec 16, 2021
Plant Development Services Announces Plant Releases for 2022

Plant Development Services has announced the 2022 trade releases that meet consumer demand for foundational landscape plants, ornamentals with bloom power, and pollinator-friendly picks.

Plant Development Services and Everde Growers (Houston, Texas) will debut the Better Boxwood program  in 2022. The collection’s four new cultivars represent the first scientifically bred blight-resistant boxwood, each offering unique growth habits. With liners available spring 2022 to growers through the newly formed partnership named Boxwood Solutions Inc., this diverse collection of boxwood will be available to consumers nationwide in 2023.

The Better Boxwood series results from over two decades of breeding and trials in Europe, led by Belgium grower Didier Hermans in cooperation with the Flemish Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research.

“These stellar new varieties meet a range of landscape needs and provide superior boxwood blight immunity,” says Kip McConnell, business development director with Plant Development Services. “The industry craves a solution for the blight problem, and with our expertise in licensing and marketing, coupled with Everde Growers’ production engine and nationwide reach, BetterBoxwood will make an immediate impact in the marketplace.”

Other trade releases include new additions to the Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections. The fragrant Mock Orange Pearls of Perfume is an elegant shrub with beautiful white blooms in spring, attracting pollinators near and far.

Another pollinator-friendly pick – exclusively for the Sunset Plant Collection – is the new Eternal family of Grevilleas. Three introductions, Eternal Blaze, Eternal Pink Glory, and Eternal Sunshine, offer unique bright colors for gardeners to choose from to attract bees and birds.

Home landscaping trends illustrate screening and hedging shrubs in high demand, and both Southern Living and Sunset Plant Collections offer two new introductions to fill customer needs. Green Valley Arborvitae is a slow-growing evergreen selected from hundreds of Western Cedar seedlings for its growth habit and disease tolerance.

For gardeners looking for a shorter hedge, Snowbank Indian Hawthorne joins the Clean Sweep family, bringing disease resistance to this tough landscape staple. Snowbank grows to be 2-3 ft tall in a dense mound of dark green foliage with attractive white flowers in the spring.

Liners of all new 2022 plants will be available to licensed growers in the spring of 2022 and available to consumers beginning in 2023.

For more information on the plants listed or to become a licensed grower, contact: [email protected], 251-964-6778

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