21 May 2011

Blooms of Bressingham

Blooms of Bressingham sent garden writers some of their new selections this week.  Before I put them into the garden beds, I thought I'd show you what they are so you can look for any that interest you for your summertime beds.
Verbena Lollipop
Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop', Vervain
Dwarf Verbena bonariensis from Greenleaf Plants
Garden Care: Provide moist, well-drained soil in full sun.
Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 24"/61cm
Spread: 24"/61cm
Habit: Mounded
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11 / -17°C
Uses: Front border
Attributes: Attracts humming birds

Lavandula Oxford Gem
 Lavandula angustifolia 'Oxford Gem' , Lavender from David Kerley, UK.

Dark purple flowers late June through August. Healthy, vigorous silvery-green foliage forms dense mounds. Carefree and drought-tolerant. 
Garden Care: Tolerates various soil types, but requires good drainage for best performance.
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Foliage Color: Silver, Green
Height: 15"/38cm
Spread: 16"/41cm
Habit: Mounding
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8 / -29 to -7°C
Uses: Container, Mixed border, Rock garden, Cut flower, Dried Flower, Fragrant flower

Geranium Blushing Turtle
Geranium 'Blushing Turtle', Crane's Bill
Pink, one-inch flowers with intricate veins of bolder, more vivid pink. Blooms heavily in June with some rebloom September through frost. Trouble-free performer with fantastic garden presence.
Prefers open, well-drained soil kept moderately moist, but is quite adaptable to various soils and somewhat drought-tolerant once established. A vigorous grower that makes large, weed-free masses.
Sun, Part Shade
Blooms Summer, Fall
Height: 24"/61cm
Spread: 36"/91cm
USDA Zones: Tested to 6 / Fully hardy in UK to RHS -15° C

Echinacea Mistral
Echinacea purpurea 'Mistral', Coneflower from Dutch grower Ad Kempen.

Compact coneflower, a sport of the very popular 'Kim's Knee High' iscovered in pink blooms from July to September. Its petals are less prone to flop over the flowering period and it branches extremely well. Front of the border and rock gardens.
Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil.
Full Sun
Height: 18-20"/46-51cm
Spread: 12"/30cm
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8 / -29 to -7°C
Front border, Rock garden, Container

Hypericum Hypearls Renu
Green Leaf Plants introduced four hypericum varieties that offer foliage and flowers in late summer, and colorful berries until frost. The Hypericum Hypearls series are unique perennial shrubs that work both in the landscape and in containers.

They’re heat lovers, with well-branched, robust foliage. Bright one-inch yellow/gold flowers in July give way to showy cream, red, salmon or pink berries in August.
'Hypearls Renu' features round berries that start out cream and eventually turn to bright pink. Its foliage also has a red tint to new growth, which will reach 30 inches tall.
Hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 6, this series of shrubs don’t require vernalization – flowers and berries both appear on new wood. Gardeners simply remove the old wood in spring to allow new growth to push through. Best of all, each welcomes birds and bees to the garden.

If you go to the Blooms of Bressingham link above, I can practically guarantee that you'll see another half a dozen that you really really want. I wish they would let me submit a wish list of about a dozen more!

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