10 Great Ideas for Selecting
Premium Alternatives
Pittosporum

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Pittosporum tenuifolium
‘Golf Ball’
(PP #15329)

Use In Place Of:
Buxus

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Offers a more fashionable green color and desirable round shape without the need for heavy pruning.

  Pittosporum

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Elaeocarpus decipiens
‘Little Emperor’® (‘MonProud’)

(PP #17611)

Use In Place Of:
Ficus nitida, Elaeocarpus decipiens, and other hedge plants

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Superior hedging alternative; compact with dark green foliage and bronze new growth; cold hardy.

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Cupressus sempervirens
‘Tiny Tower’® (‘Monshel’)

Use In Place Of:
Cupressus sempervirens

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Complex form suggesting more refined characteristics; slow grower, helps keep original design more realized over time.

 

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Abelia x grandiflora ‘Kaleidoscope’
(PP #16988)

Use In Place Of:
Abelia x grandiflora, Abelia x grandiflora ‘Edward Goucher’

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Vibrant blends of gold, red, and green variegation and compact form 2 – 3’ tall); more appealing than the traditional green foliage and 6’ tall selection.

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Loropetalum chinense ‘Sizzling Pink’

Use In Place Of:
‘Plum Delight’ and similar red-leafed Loropetalums

Why It’s A Great Idea:
‘Sizzling Pink’ characterized by
superior color; more compact, lower growing and creates clusters of rich
pink-fringed flowers.

 

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Podocarpus elongatus
‘Icee Blue’® (‘Monmal’)

Use In Place Of:
Podocarpus gracilior Column

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Distinctive blue color provides a unique hue for typical screening applications; also compelling as a stand alone.

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Gardenia jasminoides ‘Aimee’
(‘First Love’®) Grafted

Use In Place Of:
Non-grafted Gardenia jasminoides

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Grafted onto Gardenia thunbergii; improved landscape performance in alkaline, nutrient deficient soils, as well as inside pots; large 4-5” blooms.

 

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Nandina domestica 'Sienna Sunrise' Premium ('Monfar')

Use In Place Of:
Nandina domestica

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Half the size of Nandina domestica; foliage covers top-to-bottom masking its branches and canes; intense fiery red new growth cools
to lush green in summer.

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Buxus microphylla japonica ‘Green Beauty’ Premium

Use In Place Of:
Non-premium Buxus

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Larger size, fuller appearance; allows for fewer plants to meet linear requirement than non-premium plant; ideal for high-visibility planting; stays greener in cooler temperatures.

 

Monrovia Premium Alternative:
Eugenia myrtifolia ‘Teenie Genie’® (Syzygium paniculatum)

Use In Place Of:
Euonymus japonicus ‘Microphyllus’

Why It’s A Great Idea:
Dwarf shrub with extremely tight twiggy branches; lower maintenance and more refined look than common Box-leaf Euonymus.

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