New Perennials for Your Flower Garden
I feel like we all deserve some treats for surviving 2020. So I have decided to reward myself with some new plants. If you have come to the same conclusion and still have a little room on your list, you may want to check out the perennials described below. All are new additions to our store for Spring 2021. Enjoy!
For a big show of color with almost no effort, it’s hard to beat peonies. These carefree plants bloom reliably and abundantly year after year. Though they need some time to mature, once they do, they’ll flower for generations.
This year we added two Itoh peonies (hybrids between tree peonies and herbaceous types) and three new herbaceous peonies (the traditional type that die to the ground each fall).
Itoh peonies, also called Intersectional hybrids, start blooming just as the regular peony season is ending. These plants average about 30” tall, so are shorter than standard peonies. Their flowers are slightly larger and display a wider range of colors.
The petals of Julia Rose are a medley of rose, coral and peach. At the center there’s a boss of brilliant yellow stamens that make the blossoms seem to glow.
Cora Louise is an Itoh classic, with fabulous flowers that measure 8 to 9” across. The petals are pale, lavender-pink and mature to almost white. The golden stamens at the center are surrounded by a raspberry ring.
Henry Bockstoce (the first peony shown above) is an heirloom classic with giant, ruby-red flowers. It blooms early in peony season and is always a star — in both garden and vase.
Our other new herbaceous peonies are both color-changers. The flowers of Joker open flamingo pink. Over time, they fade to nearly white, yet the petals retain their hot pink tips.
Lorelei opens coral-pink and rose, and gradually softens to peach and cream. Each blossom displays a slightly different hue, and together — both on the plant and in a vase — it’s a stunning look.
New Double Oriental Lilies
Roselilies are an exciting new addition to the lily family. They bloom at the same time as regular Oriental lilies, but the flowers have lots of extra petals, and their fragrance is a bit more subtle. Since the blossoms lack pollen, Roselilies last longer and there’s no need to worry about pollen stains.
We are offering 3 varieties this year, including soft pink Roselily Editha and raspberry pink Roselily Tatsjana. Add these lilies to perennial borders and cutting gardens or grow them in containers for a pop of late summer color.
New Siberian Iris
With their clumping, upright habit and narrow, sword-like foliage, Siberian iris look more like an ornamental grass than an iris. But grasses never produce flowers like these! They’re like butterflies in the garden. In addition to the varieties Mission Bay, Concord Crush and Drink Your Tea, we now offer two other color choices.
The flowers of award-winning Siberian iris Shirley Pope are dark and delicious. Both falls and standards are velvety navy-blue. White signals add a dramatic contrast and make the petals look like butterfly wings. Bloom time is early summer.
Summer Revels has primrose yellow falls and pale-yellow standards. The plants grow just 26 to 30” tall, so this variety makes a good partner for other Siberian iris. It’s also a good-sized plant for perennial beds. A beautiful cut flower, too.
More New Perennials
We have added lots of other perennials to tempt you, including Hosta Color Festival, Clematis Nubia, Heuchera Silver Dollar, Sedum Munstead Dark Red and Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’. If you are interested in any of them, don’t delay. New varieties always go quickly and this year I’m not the only gardener treating myself to new plants! See all new perennials for spring HERE.