It’s that time of the year again when my mind starts digging in the dirt, splitting plants & planning my garden changes for spring. The snow is all gone, it’s starting to warm up and even though it’s only the beginning of May my well settled plants are sprouting up already. A welcome sight compared to this time last year when there was still 2 feet of snow covering my flower beds!
So I have started my hunt for New Flower Varieties for the upcoming planting season. Here are some that I think are beautiful and/or unusual, even though I can’t plant most of them as my climate zone is too low.
From Tried & True:
Petunia, SweetSunshine Compact Nostalgia
An unusual look, these double bloomed beauties are a lovely hue of pink with just a touch of yellow. This variety is a semi-trailing plant and blooms early. A wonderful choice for hanging planters, window boxes & standing planters.
I love these blooms! A very attractive semi-double flower head that is large in size. The blooms attract butterflies and bees, which is always good for your garden. Tried & True says this is one tough plant than can tolerate drought, heat & wind. This is a low, spreading plant which makes it great for borders, the front of beds & rock gardens plus it blooms all summer long until the first hard frost.
Dahlia, Mystic Fantasy
This beauty was bred by Dr. Keith Hammett of New Zealand. He has spent years creating new Dahlia varieties that are more modern in appearance, have stronger stems so staking is not required & beautiful mahogany foliage. This is a low maintenance plant that is perfect for borders, beds and containers. Dead heading is required to increase blooming time, this one also attracts butterflies & bees.
From Harris Seeds
Flowering Cabbage, Songbird Red
This ornamental cabbage is compact in size, its uniform habit is perfect for massed plantings and maintains a neat and tidy appearance. This one grows to 8-12″ high with a 12-14″ spread.
Portulaca, Happy Hour Coconut
I love to see a touch of white in my garden, peeking out from behind all the colour! This plant has been bred specifically for reduced day length sensitivity. With a height of 8-10″ and spread of 10-12″, this well-branced and mounded plant is a wonderful choice for your flower bed. Performs well in hot, full sun conditions.
Sweet Pea, Spanish Dancer
I’ve always loved sweet peas, They grow quickly are bright, colourful & strongly scented however I have never seen a variety like this before! Beautiful tri-colour with unusual veining. This one is definitely a show stopper! This ones a short climber that reaches about 10″ high and has 4 blooms per stem. Plant in full sun and space about 10-12″ apart.
Verbena ‘Lanai, Twister Pink
The rich green foliage of this plant makes the pretty pink & white bi-colour blooms pop! A durable plant that survives both frost and heat. Verbena will bloom from early spring right through to winter. It requires full sun, has dry to normal watering needs and is perfect for borders. Regular dead heading will increase the amount of blooms produced.
Echinacea, Sombrero Salsa Red
I love the deep, vivid red colour of this flower. Proven hardiness, gardeners will love how this one branches and grows on sturdy stems. Drought tolerant & requires full sun. If you live in zone 5 or higher it’s a great perennial that stands 10-24″ inches high. When planting make sure you space them 18-22″ apart, dead head to prolong the flowering period.