We are very excited to offer a wide range of new introductions. At Finke Gardens, we strive to help our customers find the right plant for their unique growing conditions. Some of the new plants will flourish in the poorest soil and the most open exposure and others need the protected conditions offered in a shady nook. Different plants are ready for sale at different times, so there is always something new in stock! With offerings ranging from hardy and adaptable dwarf conifers to an expanded selection of Nebraska natives, this will surely be an exciting year in your garden.
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Exochorda ‘Snowday Surprise’
Pearl-bush is a classic garden plant with perfectly round, white flower buds. However, the older varieties were often open and leggy. The Snowday series solves that problem with more compact growth habits and larger blooms. Snowday Surprise was also selected for its shorter mature height. Pearl-bush will thrive in many soil types and prefers full sun.
Forsythia x intermedia ‘Showoff Starlet’
Abundant yellow flowers appear before the foliage making this a true harbinger of spring. Flowers appear all the way down each stem, making this selection especially noteworthy. Flower buds are extremely hardy, surviving temperatures as low as –20 F. Effective in mass plantings or in mixed borders. Best flower production in full sun, but will tolerate part shade. Requires moderate soil moisture.
Rosa ‘Champagne Wishes’
Champagne Wishes features clusters of soft apricot buds that open fully to blooms of creamy antique white before fading to to a clear white. It combines beautifully with perennials in a mixed border, or makes a refined low hedge. The foliage is medium green and is resistant to powdery mildew and black spot.
Rosa ‘Coral Cove’
“Easy Elegance” in an incredible soft peachy/orange/pink blend of color. We have seen the color hold up well in Nebraska’s heat, and the compact size work well in small spaces. This is an everblooming selection that shows great disease resistance.
Rosa ‘Julia Child’
This has been a long time favorite in Lincoln’s Strolling Rose Garden for its rich buttery yellow blooms and slight fragrance. It is a floribunda with repeat blooming, disease resistance and compact size.
Viburnum dentatum ‘Raspberry Tart’
A compact selection of arrowwood viburnum, Raspberry Tart has the added benefit of raspberry-red tinged fall foliage. Great durability, growing both in full sun as well as part shade, and fruit that is loved by the birds, makes this a great choice for most landscapes.
Callicarpa ‘Purple Pearl’
We love our purple beautyberry for the fall and winter display of fruit, but now this new selection offers purple tinged foliage for summer displays. The foliage color will be strongest in full sun, and compactness achieved by pruning to the 6 to 8 inches each spring.
Cephalanthus ‘Sugar Shack’
Our native buttonbush is a work horse in tough urban soils, tolerating wet and dry sites, and this compact selection means that there are even more places it can be used in the landscape. Full to part sun sites work for buttonbush, and Sugar Shack grows 3 to 4 feet in height.
Corylus avellana ‘Red Dragon’
Think Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick with early season burgundy foliage. The contorted growth is makes this a specimen plant sure to draw attention in your landscape. We think it is best to site in protected locations, rather than blistering hot sunny sites, all dependent upon the soil quality.
Corylus ‘Purple Haze’
Our horticultural friends in Wisconsin found this chance seedling of hazelnut, with purple foliage turning bronze in summer heat. This one does not have contorted growth.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Quick Fire’
This is one the first panicle hydrangea to bloom in the summer so it deliver a long season of changing color, so compact that it could easily be grown in containers. The flowers start as masses of white, changing to a rosey pink, then finish with a deeper red into the fall. The shrub grows well in full sun to part shade with plenty of moisture and can be 3-5 feet tall.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Tiny Wine’
A horticulture selection of our native ninebark, this one is the most compact of the purple foliage ninebarks. Smaller leaves, smaller blooms and ultimately smallest size, it works in most any full sun landscape setting for an accent of foliage color.
Syringa x ‘Bloomerang Dark Purple’
Here’s one to try if you love spring blooming lilacs. Bloomerang will provide the traditional fragrant spring bloom, followed by a rest periods before repeat blooms. We hate to see misleading promotional claims that its continuous bloom – it’s not. But it will give us reminders through the summer why we love lilacs.
The American Smoketree is a very rare plant and the staff at Finke Gardens has been searching for a reliable source for several years. It makes a handsome small tree or large shrub with clean green foliage. In mid-summer, delicate green plumes of flowers appear, giving the illusion of clouds of smoke. Fall color is a kaleidoscope of yellow, orange, red, and purple. Platy, dark gray bark is attractive through the winter. Tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.
Quercus x ‘Nadler’
This exciting cultivar is a hybrid between columnar English and swamp white oaks. It has the upright form of the columnar English oak. Thanks to the swamp white parent, it has the tolerance of heavy set soils. Use this moderately sized tree for a vertical accent or as a screen.
Quercus x ‘Taylor’
Triple Crown is a hybrid oak bringing together three of the finest species into one excellent tree. The parents are English, chinkapin, and bur oaks. The hybrid displays tolerance to drought and poor soils and features clean, glossy foliage. An excellent shade tree!
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’
Witch Hazel is an early spring bloomer, sometimes as early as February, and this selection has copper blooms. The earliness of the bloom is perfect to provide a pollen source for early-emerging insects. Witch Hazel grows 8 to 12 feet in height and width, and probably best in part sun environments.
Malus sargentii ‘Firebird’
Firebird is a selection of sargent crabapple and is known to be very compact . The fragrant spring blooms are fragrant, pink in bud opening to white. Small, persistent, ruby-red fuirts follow in the fall, hanging on for a wonderful winter display. It shows excellent disease resistance.
Ulmus x ‘New Horizon’
New Horizon is a strong performing hybrid elm that grows fast, maintains a compact, upright form and matures at about 40 feet in height and 25 feet in width. The dark green leaves turn rusty-red in the fall. It shows excellent resistance to the dreaded Dutch elm disease and the elm leaf miner that plagues our landscape.