I posted recently on 2014 new plants and thought I would share some additional varieties. I’m always searching out plants to use in our small city spaces.
The first plant is Lavender ‘Phenomenal’. Its drought and heat resistant and winter hardy. Use it in full sun for borders along entry walkways. It grows 3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide.
Another nice one is a coneflower variety called Colorburst ‘Orange’. They grow to 14 inches and flower early summer through September. Their sturdy stems keep them from getting floppy. Their flowers are dense and fragrant. Mix them with other coneflower varieties ‘Chiquita’ and ‘Rosa’.
I use Catmint when I need drought and sun tolerance. They are very tough plants and great for the city. The problem with some varieties is their tendency to lay down leaving a big hole in the center. They can also look weedy and wild. This new variety keeps a tight neat mound. Figure on a height of 18 to 20 and a spread of between 2 and 3 feet. The long-lasting, all-summer, bee-attracting flowers are purplish-blue in color, and the foliage is gray-green.
Last but not least we have Lobelia ‘Black Truffle’. First of all, its difficult to find red flowering perennials that have great dark foliage. Using dark foliage is a great way to achieve contrast in the garden. Plant with native grasses, Coreopsis and anything that has some yellow or orange. This plant also is a magnet for hummingbirds. Grows 3-4 feet tall and blooms in August through September.
Its going to be an exciting growing season after this long winter. Get out there and dig in the soil and enjoy the days of summer.