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Cool plant preview from the Independent Garden Center Show in Chicago

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Independent garden center (IGC) retailers perused over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world last week at the 2012 IGC Show at Navy Pier. Here is quick sneak peek of just a few new plants for 2013.

Hocus Pocus™ groundcovers from Midwest Groundcovers LLC. This local wholesaler introduces a new line of hardy, spreading, low-growing plants. It contains over 70 groundcovers including some old favorites like Vinca minor 'Dart’s Blue' and ‘Atropurpurea', Creeping Phlox and Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Carpet'). Hocus Pocus™ also features some elegant choices for ground cover such as the six varieties of Thyme, six varieties of low-growing Sedum, Pink Pussy Toes (Antennaria dioica 'Rubra') and European Ginger (Asarum europaeum). Look for the Hocus Pocus logo with the plant fairy in spring 2013.

Fans of Chicago’s Lurie Garden will be excited to hear about Garden Artistry™ – a new, unique collection of packaged plant combinations found in the Lurie Garden. A result of collaboration between the horticultural staff at the Lurie Garden, Midwest Groundcovers LLC and Roy Diblik, the resident specialist most involved in the Lurie Gardens planting in 2004. With catchy names and the perfect ratio of plants, this line will be available for sale exclusively at independent garden centers in spring 2013. Chicagoland gardeners in the know can plant their own mini-Lurie garden yet this year. Jill Bondi, Marketing Manager at Midwest Groundcovers LLC, says consumers can purchase these kits at Lurie Garden Fall Festival and Plant Sale on Friday, Sept. 14, from 11 am to 6 pm.

Speaking of plants, Bert R. Hybels, Inc. introduces a line of easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables just for kids. Chef Jeff’s™ cute displays appeal directly to the budding gardener of all ages. Kids especially will delight growing ‘Luke the cuc’, or ‘Wally the watermelon’ and other aptly named edibles.