Although the calendar says it’s still winter, we’re getting excited about spring! Every year there’s always new plants to grow in your garden. At The Growing Place Garden Center, our staff researches up and coming varieties that look promising and add the very best to our selections. While some of these are not brand new this year, they have been tested and when planted in the right place will be strong performers!
Geranium ‘Pink Penny’
An easy to grow, long-blooming plant that is very similar to our other favorite geranium ‘Rozanne’. They will have saucer-shaped blooms of bright magenta-purple summer into fall. Great for mass planting as a groundcover or edging a border. They grow 12-18”H x 18-23”W in full sun or part shade in average or moist soil.
Black Pearl Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Black Pearl’)
This brand new addition from Proven Winners has stunning black foliage plant and will grow in both shade and sun. It forms a dense habit of shiny, jet black leaves with scalloped, ruffled edges and rosy purple undersides. In spring it will have white flowers with pink stems. They will grow 8-10”H x 26-30”W.
Little Moonshine Yarrow (Achillea ‘Little Moonshine’)
This yarrow has the same bright gold flowers and delicate gray-green foliage as its larger cousin ‘Moonshine’ but with a more compact habit that's ideal for containers and smaller garden spaces. A long-blooming treat from May through September they will rebloom if cut back after the initial flush of flowers. It will grow 9-12”H x 10-12”W in full sun. It’s also rabbit resistant, attracts butterflies and can be used as a cut flower too.
Saliva ‘Love & Wishes’
This tough plant is a cousin of ‘Wendy’s Wish’ Salvia with deep magenta-purple tubular flowers and dark stems from early spring to frost. Hummingbirds love it and it will make a statement as it grows 36-48” tall in the sun.
Rex Begonia ‘Autumn Embers’
This new Rex Begonia has leaves that go from a light green to a brilliant orange to a light burgundy red. It has a compact growth habit that will bring a unique color statement to your containers.
Penta Falling Star Bicolor Pink
A new trailing Penta. This pretty annual is a butterfly magnet, does well in sun or part sun, does not need deadheading, and will be available in hanging baskets this June!
North Wind Korean Maple (Acer x pseudosieboldianum ‘North Wind’)
North Wind is the flagship member of the Jack Frost series that combines the hardiness and durability of the Korean maple with the beauty of the Japanese Maple. The leaves emerge red in spring, changing by midsummer to light green followed by a dramatic orange-scarlet in fall. An excellent substitute for the Japanese maple in colder climates, it has withstood temperatures of -30 degrees in Iowa testing grounds. It has a broad upright shape and will grow 12-15 inches per year and reach 20’H x 15’W.
Spiraea japonica ‘Double Play Red’
A flower coloring breakthrough, this is the first and only spirea with true red flowers. It will also have beautiful dark burgundy spring foliage, growing 24-36”H x 24-36”W in full sun to part shade and makes a good border plant.
Yankee Doodle Lilac (Syringa vulgaris ‘Yankee Doodle’)
The large, deep purple flowers have a delightful lilac fragrance. It’s a hardy, easy to care for shrub that makes a good windbreak or privacy screen. It’s disease and pollution tolerant and slightly smaller than common purple lilac it grows 8-10’H x 5-6’W in full sun.
Posted on 1/23/2017 at 9:35:00 AM