Almost anyone with a garden is on the lookout for ideas and plants to improve it. The 1979 catalogue of Way-side Gardens, Hodges, S.C. 29695, provides plenty of both; it is 145 pages of pictures in full color of dogwoods and other small trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, asparagus, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, of plants which can be purchased, plus some basic instructions on how to take care of them.
The catalogue can be purchased for $1, which will be refunded with a purchase of $10 or more.
Included in the catalogue is a new potentilla, Fruiticosa 'Red Ace', which has blood-red flowers that differ from the white or yellow blooming varieties currently available. Also, Red Ace is lower and more compact than other related potentials. It can grow as high as 2 1/2 feet and as wide as 4 feet.
The intense color of the blooms remains all season when the plants are grown in an open, sunny location. But in periods of extreme heat or drought, the flower colors do change to yellow, the color of the under-surface of the petals.
Another outstanding new variety offered in the catalogue is X Pardancanda norrisi, developed by a cross between Pardanthopsis (formerly listed as an iris) and Belamcanda (Blackberry lily) which yielded iris-like plants that displayed a broad range of colors and mixes, including blues, purples, yellows and reds. Some flowers are flaring, and some are irisshaped. Many show polka-dot markings. The plants bloom from July to frost, are drought-resistant, heat-resistant and do well in almost any soil.
Also included is a new crabapple, Malus 'Brandwine', which took about 15 years to create. The tree, which likes full sun and grows in almost any soil, reaches an eventual height of 15 feet. The foliage is a deep green with reddish-purple overtones. In the fall the leaves turn orange-russet, the green fruits are an inch to 1 1/2 inches in diameter.