The majority of us gardeners are thinking about what we want to plant this year, however the choices can be intimidating! Whether you are a new gardener or are a specialist, with all the new plant choices each year, how do you choose what to plant? I have three guidelines to picking what to plant, and also our suggestions for the very best New Plants of 2019.
1. You can’t have all of it, so pick a couple of new plants to try. I, too, have been guilty of excitedly filling my cart at the nursery with every new plant I discover. Restraint is crucial for two factor … initially, you might effectively go broke. Second, integrating too many new plants each year will make your garden appear detached and haphazard.
2. Make certain you choose for the websites you have. I ENJOY all the brand-new Hosta ranges out today, but the naked truth is, 99% of my gardens completely sun. Yes, I did try to cheat and make a shady “enough” garden on the side of a fenced location … it was NOT dubious “enough”.
3. Do your research. New plant choices can often cost a little more, or have to be bought online. Ensure the variety you like isn’t a high maintenance plant, when you are a low maintenance gardener. Trust me, love dies quickly when the hope you had for that beautiful uncommon poppy has you out in the garden for two hours a day in the hot sun staking and watering and fussing, or choosing slugs off those Hosta plants every day of the year!
WE HAVE MADE OUR CHOICES BASED ON AWARDS, ALLEVIATE OF CARE AND APPEAL. LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS WHICH ARE YOUR FAVORITES!
Our featured plant, above– “Plum Pudding” Poppy– This is among the most beautiful poppies I’ve seen. Easy to grow, this poppy flowers in June, lasts longer than most other poppies, and many times will re-bloom in the fall! You have to grow it for this color alone! Hardy to zone 3, extremely advised.
” Bloomerang” Lilac– This choice is the winner of the Green Thumb award, and it’s an aromatic lilac hardy to zone 3. What is different about this lilac is that it blooms in the spring, then it re-blooms summer to fall! Growing 4-6 feet and dark purple in flower, it is a strong grower that is deer and compact. Frankly I personally have my reservations about typically spring blooming plants being reproduced to re-bloom, but I’m including it because I know a number of you readers will love this plant.
Coneflower “Supreme Cantaloupe”– Coneflowers have had brand-new plant elections every year for awhile now, but we enjoy this new one! Like all coneflowers, they are dry spell resistant and love the sun, and flower all summertime. About 2 1/2 feet high, this one opens appearing like a gerber daisy, then broadens to a full coneflower’s appearance with orange petals and a brown eye that turns orange as it develops. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy this plant, sturdy to zone 4.
The Perennial Plant Association just named a decorative turf as plant of the year 2014 … Panicum “Northwind”. We are huge fans of grasses, and this Switchgrass has a wonderful blue green color which turns yellow in the fall. A strong upright grower, it stands up to windy locations and blooms in September. Endures wet soil, but is also dry spell tolerant as soon as developed. Extremely low care, just cut back in early spring. Hardy to zone 2!
Russian Sage “Look a Blue”- We grow a great deal of Russian Sage in the high desert, but this brand-new range is a compact type growing just 2 feet tall, with intense blue spires all summer. Drought and heat resistant, this is an excellent choice for a full sun garden to zone 4.
We have actually purchased into the sedum trend, and although our fav is still “Angelina”, a new variety called “Lime Zinger” has actually captured the attention of garden authors. Hardy to zone 4, these tough plants spread out quickly to 18 inches, then flower in summer with rosy pink clusters. Suitable for hot, dry spots and bad soil. Great in containers.
Our last choice for plants we wish to attempt, “Sugarberry Ruffles” Lavender. This is not a hardy plant, finest suited to containers in the majority of parts of the nation. It’s hardy to zone 8, however may be worth a try in a safeguarded zone 7 garden. More resistant to heat and humidity than the majority of lavender, its unique color of pink and lavender blooms and it’s tendency to re-bloom in the fall make it a great option for your patio … Oh, and did I mention it’s heavenly scent? Already selling out, look rapidly for this fantastic plant prior to it’s gone!