Perennials And Shrubs: New Returning Favorites

Perennials And Shrubs: New Returning Favorites

Spring Meadow Nursery
‘Bloomerang’ is a new reblooming compact lilac with an improved flower display. With purple fragrant flowers in the spring and again from midsummer until fall, ‘Bloomerang’ is a prolific rebloomer. This lilac is resistant to root rot.
The ‘Lo & Behold’ Blue Chip buddleia is the only miniature Butterfly Bush with loads of blue flowers. It also flowers continuously without deadheading. ‘Lo & Behold’ is to be treated like a perennial in the north and is hardy to Zone 5. This buddleia is compact, standing only 24 to 30 inches tall.
Hardy and heat tolerant, the ‘Incrediball’ hydrangea has stronger stems and roughly four times as many flowers. With flowers more than 12 inches across, ‘Incrediball’ blooms on new wood, so even if killed to the ground by extreme weather it will still produce summer flowers.
Pacific Plug & Liner
Veronica ‘Inspire,’ a compact and floriferous selection with a wonderful growing habit, is available in two colors for spring. It will not flop over like other large veronicas. ‘Inspire’  will reach a height of 12 inches in full sun with continual blooming May through August.
Garden Splendor
‘Oregon Blue’ chamaecyparis is a graceful, broad-columnar shrub that possesses soft, steel-blue foliage. With an average mature height of 15 feet, ‘Oregon Blue’ is an outstanding accent and foundational plant. It’s best placed in sun to partial shade.
Ball Horticultural
‘Jethro Tull’ coreopsis and ‘Dasante Blue’ delphinium are both available from Ball. ‘Jethro Tull’ reliably blooms fluted with non-fading, golden yellow flowers all summer long with a compact, dwarf habit of 12 to 15 inches high. It works great in pot displays and other containers. Cutting back encourages new flowers, but ‘Jethro Tull’ will also re-bloom without it.
‘Dasante Blue,’ meanwhile, does well in full sun when its base is cool and protected. It displays vibrant blue flowers on a uniform, more compact plant. ‘Dasante Blue’ is recommended for perennial borders.
PanAmerican Seed
‘Mesa Yellow’ gaillardia from PanAmerican Seed is a first-year flowering perennial and the first commercial yellow from seed. This variety is vigorous and early flowering. Well-branched plants fill gallon containers quickly. ‘Mesa Yellow’ maintains a height of 16 to 18 inches without flopping over, and it shows intense, non-fading color all season.
Jelitto
‘Pearl Bells’ boasts beautiful large flowering, bell-shaped flowers of the softest pink that resemble little crocusses. This pulsatilla flowers between March and April, and hardy in Zones 5 to 8. ‘Pearl Bells’ will reach 12 inches in height.
Alcea ‘Mars Magic’ features consistent single flowers in shades of bright red. A member of the Spotlight series, other new alceas include the dark black-purple ‘Blacknight,’ a pure white with yellow eye ‘Polarstar’ and the light yellow ‘Sunshine.’ The Spotlight series can reach 70 inches in height and naturally flowers from May until October.
Terra Nova Nurseries
‘Whitewater’ acanthus is a new introduction from Terra Nova boasting vigorous, variegated leaves with white margins. This herbaceous perennial has a clumping habit and blooms 5 inch-tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer.
Another new introduction from Terra Nova is ‘Evening Star’ thalictrum, a lovely woodland perennial designed for shade. Wispy leaflets in olive, tan and copper-to-red-brown complement a central silver star and are held on wiry stems. Tufts of lavender flowers bloom spring through summer.

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