Every year the growers parade their new introductions for the coming season in grand style. This continual merry go round of plant material is what makes the nursery wheels go round. I’ve mentioned it before and will again, that not all new plant varieties are better or even as good as some of their predecessors. Some will stand the test of time and others will slowly fade into the sunset.
But, yes here comes the but, the promise of something new and exciting to grace our gardens is very appealing to gardeners as it should be. Gardening is a lot of very hard work, and we deserve to treat ourselves, with moderation of course. A few new garden plants each season seems reasonable to me.
Part of the fun of new plants is the names they are given. Looking through some of the introductions from Proven Winners I couldn’t help but notice how many names have references to food. You wonder if you should be planting these plants in your garden or eating them. A few I found to be interesting and worthy of a try in my garden this spring.
Superbelles “Lemon Slice” (Calibrachoa)
This plant has a very intriguing yellow and white pin wheel color pattern. As with other Superbells it is disease resistant and grows in a mounding habit. About 6-12 inches tall and 12-24 inches wide. Grown as an annual for beds or containers.
Hibiscus Summerific “Cranberry Crush”
Deep green leathery maple-like leaves with deep scarlet, red huge flowers (7-8 inches across). A zone 4 plant for full sun or partial shade. An upright habit of 36-48 inches tall and 48-60 inches wide. Hummingbirds love it.
Super Tunia “Watermelon Charm”
A heat tolerant and drought tolerant annual. Deadheading is not required as it cleans itself. Growing 8-12 inches tall and 18 inches wide it is suitable for the landscape and containers. A mounding trailer, it blooms from spring to frost in full sun, using average water.
Dianthus (Pinks) Fruit Punch Series
“Apple Slice” / Black Cherry Wild” / “Coconut Punch” / “Pomegranate Kiss”
Plant in full to part sun. Fragrant flowers develop on top of a low mound of grey-green foliage. These are continuous or re-bloomers which butterflies love and deer hate.