Horticulturists at LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station are on the hunt to rediscover underused landscape plants that have performance potential in Louisiana.
This new program is called "Plants With Potential." A core component of the program is offering plants that can be propagated with no restrictions. Increasing numbers of newly-developed varieties on the market carry invention patents, which can be costly to wholesale growers.
Plant species or varieties selected for the program have limited distribution and little use in the state. But evidence suggests they have excellent landscape performance potential in our challenging climate.
The program is designed to increase awareness and distribution of these plants and to get them into retail markets and home gardens.