Skagit Gardens: 2012 New Varieties Guide

Skagit Gardens: 2012 New Varieties Guide

'Ringsabell Indigo Blue' campanulas from Skagit Gardens

Campanula ‘Ringsabell Mulberry Rose’
With impeccably good manners, this tidy Japanese selection is less aggressive in the garden than others of its type. Rose pink bells with a perky scalloped edge are suspended from slender stems that rise above the 6-inch medium green foliage. Blooming in spring and early summer, the compact habit of ‘Ringsabell Mulberry Rose’ makes it an ideal addition to any perennial garden.

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Coreopsis Big Bang ‘Mercury Rising’
Born in the U.S.A., Coreopsis ‘Mercury Rising’ has a rich ruby red color that doesn’t fade in the sun and the heat. Vigorous but compact, it forms an attractive mound, 15 inches to 18 inches by 24 inches, covered with large, single, red flowers. Like the others in the Big Bang™ Series, it needs no vernalization, and since it sets little to no seed, it blooms continuously until fall. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant once established, it thrives in a wide range of growing conditions in sunny beds, borders and large containers.

Helleborus Gold Collection Merlin
In fine German tradition, this Hellebore was bred with precision to produce remarkable blooms with long-blooming determination. Before winter slides into spring, Merlin’s masses of light pink to pink blossoms deepen to cranberry and then to a rich ebony purple by May. From the trendsetting Gold Collection®, Merlin has large, forward-facing blossoms complemented by dark stems and deep green, disease and deer resistant foliage. For shady beds and borders, and even patio pots, Merlin, along with the others in the series, brings showy flowers to a bare time of year.

Primula Kennedy Irish Drumcliff
The leprechauns have been at it again! Bred from traditional Irish varieties, this striking Primrose has the darkest foliage currently on the market. A bouquet of large, white flowers with a wee hint of lavender is surrounded by a rosette of deep bronzy purple leaves. These very floriferous Primroses are hardy perennials that get more magnificent every year. The first in a series, Drumcliff was first introduced in the United States on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration. The name commemorates the Irish poet W.B. Yeats.