In fall, many gardens are highlighted by the fragrant “sweet autumn clematis,” which covers itself with frothy clouds of small flowers. Until now, the late-bloomer was only available in white, but growers have created a new variety, Sweet Summer Love, which blooms in cranberry-violet. Fragrance is sweet cherry-vanilla.
Honored in the Plants, Bulbs and Seeds division:
- Sweet Summer Love clematis from Spring Meadow Nursery
- Blueberry Glaze™ hybrid blueberry from Fall Creek Farm and Nursery
- Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden from High Country Gardens
- Bloomerang® Dark Purple Lilac from Spring Meadow Nursery
- Blue Towers baptisia from Plant Delights Nursery, Inc.
A panel of garden writers and editors selected the winning products, which were chosen based on uniqueness, technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners. Look for the winning plants in 2014.
Every year, the Green Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the Direct Gardening Association (DGA), the world’s largest nonprofit association of companies that sell garden products directly to consumers via catalogs and web sites. For more information visit www.directgardeningassociation.com.