Every year the National Garden Bureau announces its selection of the 100 best new garden plants introduced that year. While the list includes new varieties of flowers, fruits and vegetables, it’s usually the annual and perennial flowers that receive the lion’s share of the attention from home gardeners. In past years, new varieties of Petunias and Impatiens have sold out quickly at local garden centers as gardeners rushed to add the latest must-have flowers to their garden beds. This year’s crop of new annuals and perennials promises to generate just as much gardening excitement.
Here are just a few of the flowers selected as the best of 2012:
- Sundance Red Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, produces large, intensely red, puffball-like flowers. Growing from 10 to 24 inches tall, this stunning variety of Gaillardia requires partial to full sun, well-drained soil and is deer-resistant. Use this plant to add a splash of color or interesting texture to garden beds.
- Yellow Seed Geranium, or Zonal Geranium or Pelargonium, is being heralded as the first true yellow geranium. Growing from 10 to 24 inches tall, this compact annual features light yellow double flowers against bright green foliage. Like other geraniums, this new variety thrives in full to partial sun and dry to normal soil. Drought and heat tolerant, it’s a good choice for container gardens and sunny garden beds.
- Wasabi Coleus adds bright chartreuse-green to this annual’s brilliant color spectrum. A leafy plant that thrives equally well in sun or shade and normal or dry soil, Coleus is a favorite container and bedding plant.