Theodore Klein Plant Awards

Theodore Klein Plant Awards

This program promotes superior woody and herbaceous plants for Kentucky landscapes. Named for one of the patriarchs of the Kentucky nursery industry, the program names each year plants that offer excellent ornamental and performance characteristics in the Kentucky climate. Award winners are selected each year by a panel of plant professionals representing Yew Dell, the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association, University of Kentucky Landscape and Nursery program, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

You can review all the Klein Award winners by CLICKING HERE.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Morton State Street
Acer miyabei ‘Morton’ State Street™ - Miyabe Maple

One tough and useful tree! Miyabe Maple makes a rugged and attractive medium sized shade tree. It is tolerant of drought, heavy soils and is highly pest resistant. Dark green summer foliage is followed by stunning yellow fall color.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Duke Gardens
Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Duke Gardens’ – Dwarf Plum Yew

This selection of Plum Yew is noted for compact growth (3’ tall x 4’ wide) and deep green foliage. Glossy green needles retain excellent color through even the coldest of winters. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils, will grow in full sun or part shade and has few pests.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Summer Nights
Heliopsis helianthoides var scabra ‘Summer Nights’ – False Sunflower

False sunflowers are native to the middle part of North America and offer mid and late summer blooms of yellow, gold and orange. Excellent for bright, sunny spots, they excel in dry and well-drained soils. ‘Summersonne’ is 2-3’ tall and wide with sturdy stems and golden yellow summer blooms. ‘Summer Nights’ offers red/rust tinges in the flower center and stalks.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Sparkler
Ophiopogon umbraticola ‘Sparkler’ – Bad Hair Day Mondo Grass

This clumping ground cover without a common name is a winner for Kentucky gardens. Growing 8” tall and wide, each plant offers fine-textured, dark green, grass-like foliage that is twisted and curved. It works well in full sun, part shade and even deep shade. It is deer browse resistant, free from major pests… and just looks great all year long. Summer blooms of sparkling white yield azure-blue fruits in late summer.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Green Giant
Thuja ‘Green Giant’
- Arborvitae

One of the best and largest growing arborvitae varieties out there. A hybrid of T. plicata and T. standishii, ‘Green Giant’ will grow to 40’-60’ tall, retains excellent green foliage color all year long and shows superior vigor. Grow in full sun for best growth but works fine in light shade as well. An excellent replacement for Leyland Cypress.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens - Scarlet Oak
Quercus coccinea
- Scarlet Oak

One of the easiest oaks to transplant, scarlet oak offers vigorous growth, straight trunk and stunning red fall color. It is tolerant of wet and poorly-drained soils but also is highly drought tolerant once established. This Kentucky native tree is tops on many recommended-tree lists throughout the eastern United States.