Gardening With Gutner: New Annuals And Perennials For 2012

By Mark Saidnawey, WBZ Gardening Expert
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BOSTON (CBS) – One of the fun parts of owning a garden center is getting to preview the newest plant introductions and decide which ones we want to offer our customers for this growing season.

Annuals, perennials, roses, and in almost every category there are new varieties and species of plants each year, and 2012 is no exception!

Here are some of my favorites annuals and perennials for 2012:

ANNUALS

Calibrachoa Superbells Cherry Star

This calibrachoa features a rich cherry color flower petal that is dissected by a bright golden star that runs from the petal’s edge to the center of the flower’s throat. The distinct star pattern is very stable throughout the growing season.

Ornamental Corn Field Of Dreams

This new introduction produces variegated green and white foliage with touches of rose, ‘Field of Dreams’ adds color and structure to large combination pots and accents in the landscape. It produceS ears that are as attractive after the season as the plants were beautiful during the season.

Osteospermum 3D Purple

This is the first double African Daisy! A double row of short lilac-purple petals surround a 3D center of deep mauve to purple. Its blooms stay open day and night making this truly unique and eye-catching. Cut back in late summer to encourage reblooming and improve habit.

PERENNIALS

Heucherella Brass Lantern

Outstanding vigor combined with brassy gold and red spring color on maple shaped leaves. Spikes of white flowers on dark stems. Best color contrast with some shade.

Hosta Goodness Gracious

If you like Hosta ‘Satisfaction’, you will love this new sport with much showier, wider margins. It has all of the great qualities of its parent, including large, heart-shaped leaves and a wide spreading habit.

Iris Germanica Anaconda

This award winning, ruffled pink-purple bitone iris is overlaid with silvery streaks and blotches. Slightly fragrant and makes an excellent cut flower.

Lupinus Tutti Frutti

Tall, thick flower spikes come in a broad range of solid colors and bicolors including some color combinations never seen before. Especially lovely when grown in masses with similar varieties.

These are only a few of the hundreds of new plants for 2012.

Be sure to visit your local garden center to explore all of the exciting new offerings.

Have you heard of Plant Something MA?

This new website is being produced by the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association and Massachusetts Flower Growers’ Association.

The site offers great gardening tips, ideas and current events in gardening in our area!

Various professional gardeners will offer their skills and knowledge to help you learn about plants, how easy it is to add them to your home and why it is important to the environment and to your health to do so.

For more information feel free to contact me at Mark@PembertonFarms.com or follow me on Twitter @MarksGardening.

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