2013 new plants: 5 picks that make gardening easier!

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:


New Flower Carpet Pink Splash

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 from Proven Winners

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.”

© 2013 Selecta

EverLast dianthus from Selecta Seeds   © 2013 Selecta


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.

From Pan American Seed  Medal of Excellence Editor’s Choice Award 2012 winner

Cool Wave Pansies – Pan American Seed Medal of Excellence Editor’s Choice Award 2012 winner



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.”

Blushing Princess™ lobularia from Proven Winners

Blushing Princess™ lobularia from Proven Winners


What are your favorite new plants for 2013? Post a comment! We’d love to hear from you!


3 Responses to 2013 new plants: 5 picks that make gardening easier!

  1. Donna Kennedy January 16, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    Just a comment…I planted Cool Wave Pansies in the Fall in all my flower boxes and containers and they have bloomed continuously…despite many nights in the 20s and several killing frosts. They have done MUCH better than the regular pansies and violas I planted the previous Fall that survived but didn’t flower at all during the Winter.

  2. Graciebelle January 30, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Those bright yellow Superbells look so cheery- can’t wait to use them as spiller with our Tropicanna canna containers this year!

  3. Lisa Hutchurson February 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Thanks for your comment Donna and we’re glad to hear that you’ve been happy with the Cool Wave Pansies!

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