Spring Flower Fair Pre-Sale Plants

For Rutgers Gardens Members Only

2015 marks the introduction of Rutgers Gardens “Scarlet Selections.” These are plants that we select each year from six categories: Woody Plants, Perennial, Tropicals, Annuals, Vegetables, and Houseplants. The Scarlet Selection designation means that these are plants well-suited to the New Jersey landscape or garden and that they are favorites of ours, many of which will be featured in Rutgers Gardens. Limited quantaties of these plants will be available at the Spring Flower Fair and we are offering them to our Members first.

Please mail or fax the order form no later than May 1.


Rosey Teacups

Cornus x Rosy Teacups® (Rosy Teacups Dogwood)

An exciting new Dogwood release from Rutgers University and the work of Dr. Elwin Orton.  This small tree features pink-bracted flowers from late May through June.  When the flowers first open, the bracts bend upwards and the flower takes on the appearance of a Teacup! Maturing to 20’ tall and slightly wider, this plant grows best in full sun or light shade in soils of average fertility and moisture. The foliage is a clean green, highly resistant to any diseases and turns wonderful shades of red and burgundy come the fall.
#7 Container, 3-4’ tall     $85.00


Crocosmia 'Lucifer' (Lucifer Montbretia)

If you have ever fallen in love with the tropical plant ‘Bird of Paradise’, here is a hardy substitute for your garden!   Brilliantly red, tubular flowers appear in midsummer atop bold, slightly arching, 3-foot-tall stems. Crocosmia's mid-green leaves are pleated and swordlike, bending outwards such that they ultimately produce a beautifully arching mound.  Plants thrive in full sun to light shade in soils that do not become excessively dry and are enriched with organic matter.  Crocosmia is also a Humingbird magnet – certainly a plant no garden should be without!
4 qt. Container     $12.00
Colocasia ‘Black Magic’ (Black Magic Elephant Ears)
An amazing Colocasia, forming a 4-5’ tall clump of jet-black leaves with deep purple stems. I have seen this plant on display at numerous Gardens and I am always blown away by the plants appearance deep purple leaves.  Plants will grow in average to very moist soils, with the best foliar color appearing in full sun.  Makes a great container plant but also looks fantastic as a bedding plant with annuals, or in the mixed border.
4 qt. Container    $18.50
Wish Series Salvia (Salvia x ‘Wendy’s Wish’, x ‘Embers Wish’, x ‘Love and Wishes’)
With these Salvias offered in 2 Hot Colors (Coral ‘Embers Wish’ and Magenta ‘Wendy’s Wish’) and 1 Cool (Deep Purple ‘Love and Wishes”) it should be more than easy to satisfy every gardener’s individual needs!  Each Plant grows approximately 3ft tall and wide, requires no deadheading and they are butterflies, honeybees and hummingbird attractors. Fill a sunny spot in your garden with color this season.
4” Container     $   5.00
Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris ‘Bright Lights’ (Bright Lights Swiss Chard)
Swiss Chard is not only one of the most popular vegetables along the Mediterranean but it is one of the most nutritious vegetables around and ranks second only to spinach following analysis of the total nutrient-richness of the World's Healthiest vegetables. Not only do the leafy greens appeal to the health conscious, and cooks, but also to gardeners for its ease of growing, and its ornamental characteristics.  ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss chard features plants with brilliantly colored red, yellow, purple and white stems that not only brighten the dinner plate, but they  also look great when grown in containers. This Spring Flower Fair put some chard on your shopping list, and on your table!
4” Container      $   4.00
Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' (Tricolor Ginger)
Triostar is a plant that can serve as an outdoor plant for the shade garden during the summer months and as a houseplant for the remainder of the year. Triostar is a strikingly colorful foliage plant with broad bands of cream, green and pink sweeping through the 4” wide by 12” tall foliage.  The leaves have a fan-shaped arrangement and the colors of the upper surface of the leaves are complimented by burgundy-pink undersides!  Plants thrive in a moist, well-drained soil in the shade or an East or Western window.  Looks great during the Holiday season as well as a substitute for Poinsettias as well!
8” Container    $16.00