My Picks – New Flower Varieties for 2011

Every year growers are putting out many new varieties for us to try in our gardens. The list below contains my favourites for 2011 – so far!

For more information or to purchase any of these please visit the growers web sites! I don’t sell plants & flowers, I just share what I find!

From Tried and True

BACOPA, Double Vanilla Shake™

Bacopa Double Vanilla MilkshakeFirst double Bacopa on the world market. Double Vanilla Shake has decorative, large double white flowers. It is early, rich flowering, well branched and compact in growth habit. Splendid for pots, hanging baskets and mixed containers.

LOBELIA, Frosty Blue Waterfall™

Lobelia Icy Blue WaterfallLobelia Frosty Blue Waterfall is early flowering and has large sized white flowers with blue dots and streaks. Blooms remain open in the twilight hours as well as in the early morning hours. It has a vigorous and semi-trailing growth habit which makes it delightful in hanging baskets, mixed containers, window boxes and planters.

OSTEOSPERMUM, Impassion Orange Pink™

Osteospermum Orange PinkOsteospermum Orange Pink is a prolific bloomer that flowers all summer. It features vivid multi-tone flower colour with light peachy-orange outer petal colour and gradual pink tones closer to the dark blue center. This eye-catching plant is a welcome addition to a sunny garden. Ideal in borders, mass plantings, window boxes and combination planters.

PORTULACA, Duet™ Hawaiian Rose

Portulaca Hawaiian RoseHawaiian Rose is part of our unique and exotic series of Portulacas. The Hibiscus-like flower is vibrant yellow and rose coloured. This sun lover is great for hot conditions in both normal and extreme temperatures. Excellent for beds, baskets and mixed containers.


From Burpee:

Sunflower, Coconut Ice Hybrid

Sunflower - coconut ice hybridThere is something new under the sun, and it’s this extraordinary new white sunflower. Standing 5’-6’ tall the single-headed flowers with black centers are 4”-8” across. The petals start out a rich creamy vanilla and gradually transition to white.

Sunflower, Frilly Hybrid

Sunflower - frilly hybridPaging Vincent Van Gogh! It’s hard to believe your eyes when you first encounter this uproariously striking sunflower. Standing 5’6” or so, the plants are loaded with a crowd of 6” flower heads, their unique ragged narrow-stranded rays layered with curved inverted secondary petals. Flowering long and prolifically, ‘Frilli’s blooms create stunning flower arrangements.

Petunia, Black Cat

Petunia - black catNow ready to make history in your garden: the world’s very first black petunia. Mingling harmoniously with other shades, the purring black beauties add welcome texture and depth to the border the season through. The early-blooming, upright, mounded, full-bodied 12” plants are ready to star in a container on a patio near you. Drought-tolerant, disease-resistant.

Gaillardia, Punch Bowl Hybrid

Gaillardia punch bowl hybridYour eyes will go “wow” when they alight on these large splashy pink and lavender blooms with frilly white edges. The hardy, easy-to-grow 16” plants flower from June right through September in well-drained soil. The bushy, full-bodied plants light up a border with dazzling color.

From Victory Seeds:

Columbine, Blue

Columbine - blueAlso known as ‘Giant Columbine’.  The blossoms are large (up to three inches across), blue and white appearing in spring and lasting into summer. Thrives in moist soil in sun or filtered shade in hot climates. Reaches 24 to 36 inches in height. The best temperature for germination is 60-70F and can take 25 to 35 days.

From Direct to Grower:

Chrysanthemum carinatum Bright Eye

Chrysanthemum carinatum bright eyeBright white flowers with contrasting red and yellow ring. Ideal border and bedding plant which can be used as a cut-flower. Height: 75cm



Digitalis hybrida Polkadot Princess

Digitalis hybrida polkadot princessA new collection of Hybrid digitalis from our own breeding program. These varieties flower over a long flowering period and branch well with excellent garden performance.




About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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