New Perennial Varieties for 2016
Don’t get me wrong. I love my garden. But it needs more colour. Once the tulips, irises and peonies are done, there’s a gap of green until the day lilies bloom. I need to add some new perennial varieties for 2016.
You see what I mean? Green, green and more green. There is lots of foliage, but no colour. That’s because most of the garden is filled in with hostas. It needs to be filled in with some summer blooming perennials.
And since I”m going to be getting some new plants, why not get new perennial varieties for 2016. New perennial varieties are plants that growers are making available for the first time this year. Many of them are not necessarily available at your local nursery. But I’ve included links to the growers websites by clicking on the photos in case you’re interested in any of these new plants.
First on my list is a new echinacea variety – Rainbow Marcella. This will definitely add some colour to the perennial plant border. Gorgeous cone flowers that start out deep tangerine orange, mature to a raspberry pink and mature to a lovely rose colour. The great thing about echinacea is that it starts to bloom in mid-July and lasts right through till frost.
At the front of the border, something like this “Jolt Pink” dianthus would work really well. It grows to about 16-20″ and blooms in late spring and will rebloom in late summer and fall if it’s deadheaded. Veseys Seeds sells it by seed which you can just scatter in the garden as soon as the last frost.
The American Perennial Plant Association has named this lovely little geranium “biokovo” their perennial of the year for 2015. If you haven’t grown perennial geraniums, then you’ve been missing out on one of the stalwart performers in the garden. The perennial geranium is a low growing perennial that spreads into a mound up to 2′ tall and wide. This sweet variety has soft pink flowers with darker dappled centres atop rounded medium green leaves. I can’t wait to add it to the front of the perennial border. It’s going to give so much light and colour to it!!!
For this beauty, I will happily forget about colour!!! Anemone “Honorine Jobert” is stunning!! Blooming in the early fall on woody stems, this anemone is the perennial of the year for 2016!! It’s one of the plants I’ve wanted to add to garden for some time, but haven’t done it. Until now!!
Bee balm has been a staple in my garden for years and I have a couple of darker red varieties. But they tend to fade away in the summer sun. I’m hoping this new monarda “pardon my cerise” will hold up with it’s brighter pink blooms.
I have such fond memories of the first time I learned about phlox – it was from my ex-mother-in-law. Her path from the driveway to the front door was lined with bright coloured phlox. This new variety, “opening act blush” is a dwarf variety that grows to 16″ rather than the usual 3′ tall.
*Although I’ve attached links to the growers of the plants shown, this is not a sponsored post and I will not be compensated in any way. I just wanted to give you the information. However as you can see below, there is a link to some plants available on Amazon, for which I will be compensated if you should purchase.