Drum roll please!
John Schroeder, co-owner with his wife Kelly of Valleybrook Gardens with nurseries in British Columbia and Ontario, has put together his Top 10 New for 2012 list. As you might guess, with over 30 years of experience growing perennials, annuals, herbs, clematis and roses, he knows a lot about this subject. Below find out what he says are ten of the best and most exciting introductions for 2012.
We’re really excited about these Top 10 Picks for 2012 – they’re new introductions and therefore haven’t been tested extensively. Some may become classics while others may be around for a few years and then disappear from sight. But, if you are willing to risk some time and money to have some of the latest plants available in your garden, join us on the leading edge!
1. Iceplant (Delosperma ‘P001S’ Fire Spinner™) – Zone 5
From South Africa via the Plant Select™ program in Colorado, comes this outstanding new variety with startling orange and purple bi-coloured flowers and apple green succulent foliage. According to Panayoti Kaleidis, who has introduced many hardy ice plants over the years, this selection appears to be the most vigorous of all, with mats spreading over 60cm (24 inches) in just two years. Flowering is concentrated in late spring and early summer and is truly show-stopping.
2. Double Coneflower (Echinacea ‘Piccolino’) - Zone 5
3. Flora Collection® Clematis (Clematis Bijou™) – Zone 4
5. Fancy-Leaf Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Spellbound’) – Zone 4
6. Hosta ‘Empress Wu’ – Zone 2
7. Candytuft (Iberis Masterpiece™) – Zone 4
8. Itoh Hybrid Peony (Paeonia ‘Lollipop’) – Zone 3
Other Honourable Mentions for 2012 include: Anemone ‘Pretty Lady Susan’, Astilbe Younique™ Lilac, Echinacea ‘Secret Lust’, Helleborus ‘Red Racer’, Heuchera ‘Autumn Leaves‘, Primula vulgaris Belarina® Cobalt Blue, Rudbeckia sub. ‘Little Henry’ and Veronica ‘Atomic Blue‘.