Spring wouldn’t be spring without dramatic swings in temperatures and weather that ranges from relentless rain to an unexpected dusting of snow. These new introductions for 2016 are early bloomers and tough performers that don’t mind a bit of cold. Several of them bloom from planting to first frost for multi-season color. Consider them for combos, hanging baskets, decorative containers, and more to get your spring sales off to a strong start despite the weather.
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Anemone ‘Harmony Blue’ (Sakata Ornamentals)
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