Last time I focused on some of the great annuals that are new. This time we're talking perennials.
The first one on my list HAS be this beauty which I cannot find anywhere but if I do find one (at a nursery) I'll snatch it right up and figure out where to put it later.
It's the Incrediball hydrangea (Spring Hill Nurseries photo). Oh how I love everything this hydrangea claims to be. I hope it's all true (unlike the much-marketed Endless Summer hydrangea which has been a big disappointment for me and many other gardeners). This is an improvement on the Annabelle hydrangea, which I have and love, but it suffers from serious droopy stem syndrome. Incrediball is supposed to have much stronger stems and HUGE puffball blooms. If it's everything it claims to be I'll forgive the stupid name.
I have a thing for echinacea. Ever since the Itsaul Plants series came out with the beautiful Summer Sky and the rest of the "sky" series, I've been head over heels for this plant and on a bit of a mission to own every variety that I like (there are some I'm just not that keen about). Two of my favorites this year are Tomato Soup and it's natural partner Mac n' Cheese (Terranova Nurseries photos). I'm particularly excited about Tomato Soup. A RED echinacea! And I'm very happy to say I have several of each of these that I bought through the co-op sitting in the "greenhouse" getting big enough to plant.
I'm also developing a "thing" for heuchera. Terranova is the leader in new heucheras and one of the new ones I really like is Lime Marmalade. It's supposed to be bigger than Lime Rickey and it has a really nice ruffled leaf. I have a few of these in the greenhouse too. I just love pops of lime green in a shady bed.
OK, so those are a few of my new perennial fascinations, but I'm sure there are oodles more out there that have you salivating. So what did I miss?