Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show opens in Baltimore and Doug is there

Every year I drive to Baltimore for coverage of the Mid Atlantic Nursery Trade Show or MANTS. It’s the place where all the

Mangave 'Carnival is one of the new introductions from Walters Gardens.

Mangave ‘Carnival is one of the new introductions from Walters Gardens.

new plants and garden accessories are debuted. It’s day one and I’ve already found some cool stuff. The show is huge, with thousands of exhibits.

My first stop was Walters Gardens, where I discovered an amazing hellebore called ‘Maid of Honor’ last year. They have an interesting succulent that we could grow outdoors all summer and would enjoy the winter on the windowsill. They have crossed agave with manfreda to create mangave. Tim Anderson, regional product director for the company explains why this new introduction is great for gardeners. “They have an increased vigor index, he says. They are also less lethal, he added with a smile, not as spiny as agave and more consumer friendly. There’s a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. ‘Carnival’ has long leaves that are dark green with a creamy yellow center. New growth is a pretty chartreuse in the center with subtle red spots dotting the leaves.

Succulents have become popular plants to add to the landscape. The “Mad About Mangave” program from Walters Gardens offers something very different and beautiful to fill our containers.