Dr. Ned Brockenbrough brought us Nancy Evans in 1983 by crossing R. Hotei X R. Lem's Cameo. The result was certainly the best of both plants. When she buds in early spring, Nancy Evans is covered in orange/red buds that open into a rich yellow with touches of amber on the edges of the flower. The contrast of the buds and open flowers is striking and will stop you in your tracks. The plant tends to bud from a young age and has a large calyx that mimics hose-in-hose quite convincingly. Each of these traits calls for a standing ovation!
Full grown Nancy Evans will be roughly 5ftX5ft. She is quite an eyeful in her glory and will make her space a focal point no matter where you plant her. She does want you to take care with her planting, raising her bed up and mixing in lots of shredded bark compost material. Fertilize and mulch yearly to keep the foliage glossy and healthy.
This darling garden star is hardy to 5 degrees which does disappoint some gardeners. If you are one of these gardeners, consider moving to a more mild climate - Nancy's worth it!
Here's a peek at our 2019 crop of 1 gallon and 2 gallon plants:
And here is a look at a field crop from a few years back. This will help you imagine her progression into spring glory:
Nancy blooms in May, making May the very best time to have us wrap one up and send it to your favorite gardener! Opening a box with colorful wrappings and finding a blooming R. Nancy Evans inside is not gift they will soon forget.
Plant with bright blues to really make the color pop or all by herself by the front walk. If you have lovely Nancy already, send us a picture of your planting!! We would love to see what other gardeners are doing.