Heritage perennial’s Top 10 Picks for 2013.
John Schroeder is a nursery grower with 2 nurseries producing the perennials you see in branded blue pots at your local garden centre. He’s been doing this for over 30 years but this is an onerous task even for him – choosing just 10 perennials from the myriad of new varieties coming to market that he personally would recommend for your garden in 2013.
John knows his perennials and these selections have been ‘hand-picked’ for you taking reliability, beauty, performance and the best chance of garden success into consideration.
John Schroeder: “As always, discovering new plants remains one of my favourite activities. Whether it is finding something brand new, or an improvement on a classic, there’s always the thrill of discovery. For all of us as gardeners and nursery growers, this is an exciting time with many new varieties of perennials available each year. I’m delighted to present this list of ten of the most exciting and promising new perennials for 2013!”
1. Anemone ‘Wild Swan’ – Zone 5
This plant performs best in a rich soil that does not dry out. Looks great in dappled shade! Grows to approximately 60cm (24 inches).
2. Artemisia ‘Ever Goldy’ – Zone 3
3. Campanula ‘Miss Melanie’ - Zone 5
4. Delosperma Jewel of Desert Series - Zone 4
‘Garnet’ ‘Moonstone’ ‘Peridott’ ‘Rosequartz’ ‘Ruby’
Well, that drawback should be a thing of the past with these. Even if they only bloom half the time that they’re claimed to bloom, they will still bloom much longer than existing varieties. Available in 5 different colours, you’ll want to try these in containers, rock walls, as a ground cover or just general drought tolerant garden colour.
6. Echinacea Sombrero™ Series - Zone 4
Hot Coral Sandy Yellow Salsa Red
So, I’m delighted to report there is hope. We’re very excited about the Sombrero™ series at the nursery. Dazzling colours, easy to grow and a true perennial garden habit. Could it be that these finally fulfill the promise that we’ve heard so often before? I am inclined to believe they do. The fact they are more affordable helps too! Well worth growing.
7. Gaura ‘Rosy Jane’ – Zone 5
8. Geum ‘Alabama Slammer’ (COCKTAILS™ Series) - Zone 5, possibly 4
10. Lavandula intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ - Zone 5