It is always fun to check out new plants coming on the market. It’s not that new plants are necessarily better than old plants (although those bred to address downfalls certainly can be), but it’s just fun to see what is new and different.
Here are some new plants I’m most excited to see this year.
I am a fan of Mandevilla. I think it’s a great way to get a tropical plant look in my very non-tropical garden, but until now most of what we’ve seen as far as colors go has been pink or red (although last year, an apricot version was released). This one has large white flowers with white throats rather than the yellow throats seen on other colors. I think this would be stunning in a monochromatic container.
Ornamental oreganos are such charming plants and surely ‘Kent Beauty’ is a favorite of mine, but it is not hardy in my area. Kirigami is very similar, but a touch more hardy. It should look fabulous in containers but I also love tucking ornamental oreganos in the front of the border. Park Seed has this available now.
As an admitted Hydrangea fanatic, barely a year goes by that I don’t add a new hydrangea to my garden. It’s one of those plants that I will find a place for, no matter what. The holy grail, for me, is a blue hydrangea that will stay that way in my alkaline soil without intervention (which hasn’t been created yet), but after that my next favorite are lime green flowers. Limetta has that beautiful lime green that you find in Limelight and even the early flowers of Annabelle, and will change to white as it ages. It’s a dwarf size, which can be handy, and strong stems to hold those mophead flowers up. This is the hydrangea I’m most looking forward to seeing this year.
Zinnias are hot, and clearly plant breeders think so too because so many great ones have been brought to market recently. I’d describe this one as gaudy in the best possible way. These colors have no business being together in the same flower but there they are and they aren’t apologizing to anyone. I plan to grow it and I hope it’s as pretty in person as it is in the photos. Available online from several sources.
Thank goodness for new petunias. Look how far this plant has come over the years. They come in almost every color and they are agreeable in both containers and the landscape. I’m particularly fond of Proven Winners’ Charm series, which have all the good characteristics of their full-sized Supertunias, but have smaller flowers that resemble Calibrachoa (known in the Proven Winners world as Superbells). Calibrachoas can be a touch temperamental and generally don’t do well in the landscape, so the charm series offers a bit more flexibility. Hot pink goes with everything in the garden. Trust me, it just does.
Viburnums haven’t always had my heart, but once I discovered them, I invited them without hesitation. And I particularly like Viburnum plicatum var. tomentosum (aka doublefile). ‘Mariesii’, which I grow, is the big daddy of the these, but how many people have room for a shrub that can exceed 10 feet in height and width? Wabi-Sabi not only gets points from me for a fabulous name, but also because it’s small enough to tuck in just about anywhere in the garden, at just 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Mark my words, this one is coming to my garden.
I’m a new convert to David Austin roses when it comes to growing, but I’ve been an admirer far longer. The rose company is only releasing three new roses in the U.S. market this year and my favorite of them is a multicolor climber called ‘Bathsheba’. The description says it comes off as apricot, but up close I expect it to be much more complicated. And of course, it is said to have wonderful fragrance. I think it’s safer to wait out new roses a bit unless you live in a perfect growing area for them because some seem to be more well suited to particular climates than others, even if they are hardy to zone 5 or lower. Let other gardeners do the testing and wait for the reports.
I wish I could find more information on this stunning plant that will up your foliage game like nothing else. If the photos are to be believed, its leaves are a true silver. Think of it as dusty miller on steroids. I can’t find a lot about drainage so I don’t know what the container combination options might be, but dusty miller is not difficult to please so perhaps that holds true for this plant as well. Grows about 10 inches tall and wide. I’d love to play around with this plant.
What new plants are you hoping to add to your garden this year?