There will be lots of exciting plant varieties on the market this spring as breeders and growers have designed new improved plants in more colors with better disease resistance. Here are a few to look for and ask your favorite nursery about.
Coreopsis verticillata Sweet Marmalade is a new color of an old favorite garden flower. This one grows a foot tall and has apricot-orange flowers. Shorter than the ones we usually grow, Sweet Marmalade would be good for containers or the front of a border. Cut off the first flush of summer flowers and the plants will bloom again later in the season. Coreopsis verticillata is a drought resistant, thread-leafed variety that will spread slowly by underground rhizomes.
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Daisy-like Osteospermum Margarita Nano Yellow is one of the new Margarita Nano colors. Commonly called African daisies, they are easy to grow, heat tolerant, and need no deadheading or pinching. They are perennial in their native Africa but are grown as annual flowers here. In northern CA, the highways are densely planted with African Daisies where they bloom and spread all summer.
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Everybody loves Blanket Flowers. The flowers of the native variety have an orange-pink center with yellow tips on the petals. The new varieties, Commotion Moxie, Frenzy, and Tizzy, have been bred to have many more petals, looking semi-double when they are in bloom. They grow up to 2 feet tall and wide, love the sun and are drought tolerant. These thrive in poor soil but do not like clay because it stays too wet. Do not fertilize.
Every year there are new Verbena colors. A couple of years ago there were new ones called Tropical Breeze Purple and White, Lascar Red with Eye, Lanai Peach, Aztec Coral and Rapunzel Magenta. This year the introductions include Estrella Salmon Star and Seabrook’s Lavender which has clusters of lavender flowers with a dark eye. They will flower almost until the first frost. They grow 3-inches tall and spread two feet wide in full sun.
|Astia from Renee's|
Each of us gardeners has our favorites that we plant every year; adding something new doubles the fun.
You can find more information about dozens of new introductions at www.GreenhouseGrower.com