Dreaming of getting your hands dirty in your garden? Here are a few new easy-care plants that can get you dreaming and planning!
“Gardeners often choose plants for their good-looking flowers and foliage, but most of us don’t have time to baby them,” says Jane Milliman, publisher of upstate New York’s Upstate Gardeners’ Journal. “Plants have to hold their own under adverse conditions.”
So here are five new toughies to try:
Flower Carpet® Pink Splash roses. “New bi-colored, easy-care Flower Carpet Pink Splash groundcover roses provide masses of bright pink and pale pink blooms all season long,” reports Green Profit magazine. Similar in performance to popular Flower Carpet Applesblossom, this variety thrives in cooler climates. Flower Carpet roses have won more All-Deutschland Rose designations (the world’s highest honor for natural disease resistance) than any other groundcover roses, and are resistant to deer, salt, frost, wet feet and drought.
Superbells® Lemon Slice calibrachoa. “It’s just so cheery and wonderful and yellow!” says Milliman. “But what really impressed me was that, even while being neglected all season in a window box in the glaring sun, it flowered right up until frost.”
EverLast™ series of dianthus. “Double-flowered, nicely mounding Everast dianthus earned its name because of its continuous flowering ability all season,” says Better Homes and Gardens’ “Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013” online slideshow. ”Starting early, this hardy dianthus blooms with vigor and can even take a little cold weather. It continues to rebloom even after temperatures start to drop in later summer.”
Cool Wave™ pansies. With the most prostrate form of any spreading pansy, this breakthrough variety gives cool-season containers, hanging baskets and window boxes a fuller look and a trailing element. They also handle rain and other bad weather better than larger-flowered varieties. “The growth habit of the Cool Wave pansies should make them unique, and not just one more pansy,” says plant guru Allan Armitage.
Blushing Princess™ lobularia, “Unlike traditional varieties, this pink-tinged sweet alyssum doesn’t go dormant in the height of summer,” says Milliman. “And because it thrives in cooler weather, it’s a terrific season extender.”
What are your favorite new plants for 2013? Post a comment! We’d love to hear from you!