New annuals and perennials add something special to the garden

New annuals and perennials add something special to the garden

April 01, 2024 at 5:26 pm • Last updated: April 01, 2024 at 5:26 pm

It is a special kind of joy that only a gardener can understand. I always get an extra spring in my step when nurseries start stocking introductions of new plants for the year.

2024 brings new annuals and perennials that will make any plant lover blossom from ear to ear. These are some of the most notable ones.

Cerny Seed’s Superbissima Wine Red is not your grandmother’s petunia (unless your grandmother grew it, of course). The striking, stunning purple rose flowers measure up to 6 inches wide with visible veins in their centers and unusual ruffled edges. They do equally well in containers and the garden, in full sun to light shade. Hardy in Zones 10-11; Annually elsewhere.

The proliferation of shade-loving coleus has led to new varieties that thrive in sun and shade, even in Southern gardens. Ball Seed’s Talavera series comes in unique colors as well, including Pink Tricolor, which features deep maroon foliage with serrated yellow margins and hot pink center patterns. Dense plants are slow to bolt, or flower, which is usually the kiss of death for coleus. Hardy in Zones 10-11; Annually elsewhere.

I tested Lipstick Pink, the newest addition to the Beacon line from PanAmerican Seeds, as an edging plant in one of my backyard beds last summer. Instead of just adding a little color like I expected, they completely stole the show. The dense, mildew-resistant plants grew about 2 feet tall and almost as wide and bloomed nonstop from spring through mid-fall in the partly sunny bed (they can also handle shade). Hardy in zones 10-11; Annually elsewhere.

Ocean Sunset Orange Glow’s orange flowers with yellow centers and hot pink edges are as showy as a flower can get. With the largest blooms of any ice plant—and a large number of flowers per plant—Darwin perennials thrive in full sun and well-drained, sandy soil. permanent; Hardy in Zones 5-9.

Daylilies are so named because each flower blooms for only one day. So, what do you call a daylily that blooms for five days? Monrovia calls it “See you tomorrow!” Daylily. Yellow flowers, tinged with green, form clusters on compact plants 20-24 inches tall and wide. Plant in full sun. Hardy in Zones 4-11.

How about a delicious edible rose? Our proven, winner-take-all honey apricot bush has been bred not only for superior disease resistance, but for flavor as well. The upright plants, which reach 60-96 inches tall and 36-48 inches wide in full sun, bloom all season without stopping completely. The yellow apricot blossoms add a sweet, fruity taste to salads and desserts. Hardy in zones 4-8.

And from Star Roses and Plants, the Knockout Roses family continues to grow. Easy Bee-zy, a bushy, rounded plant that grows 3-4 feet tall and 3 feet wide, rewards with single yellow flowers that attract butterflies and bees with a light citrus scent. Orange Glow, an upright, dense shrub, is slightly larger at 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Its double orange flowers are tinged with yellow and pink. Plant them in full sun for abundant, continuous blooms. Hardy in Zones 4-11.

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