The company's also touting the 'Alabama Jubilee' daylily, with its huge, fiery red-orange flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.
Plant Haven, an independent agency that helps bring new plant varieties to market, is promoting eminent breeder Keith Hammett's distinctive new dahlia series this spring, including Mystic Enchantment, with bright orange-red blossoms with central dark discs. The agency also recommends Geum'Totally Tangerine,' with deep green, fuzzy foliage forming a compact mound that measures about 14 inches tall. In full bloom, the plants measure 30 inches tall and are covered with tangerine orange flowers.
North Carolina nursery Prairie Delights introduced an Alstroemeria lily called 'Tangerine Tango' last year, produced by Cornell's Mark Bridgen. It looks yellow to me. This year's new Echinacea, 'Tangerine Dream' coneflower, fits the Pantone color scheme much better.
Vote for cherry tree
In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave Washington, D.C., the gift of 3,000 cherry trees to denote the friendship between the United States and Japan. Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates this gift with the nation's greatest springtime celebration. Now, 100 years later, the flowering cherry tree remains an American favorite.
In honor of the festival's centennial celebration, all Americans are invited to cast their vote for America's Favorite Cherry Tree, with winner announced on April 27. (That date is the final day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Arbor Day 2012.)
To vote, visit www.arborday.org/cherryvote/.
2012 garden calendar
The very useful (and very lime-green colored) 2012 West Virginia University Extension Service Garden Calendar is available by calling 304-720-9573. You can stop by the extension office, 4700 MacCorkle Ave. in Kanawha City, to pick one up as well.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.