Good New Perennials

Here are some newer varieties that have proven to be dependable, low maintenance and long blooming. Some have been out for a few years, some are new for 2018. Let us know if you’re looking for something in particular. Trudy can get just about anything if you’re willing to be patient. Her e-mail is effinger@effingergarden.com. Or send a Face Book message via messenger.

Asclepias Hello Yellow

Asclepias or Butterfly Weed ‘Hello Yellow’

New for 2018 is another butterfly weed, food for our monarch butterfly caterpillars. ‘Hello Yellow’ boasts golden yellow blossoms that last all summer followed by green fruits filled with silvery white seeds. Makes an excellent cut flower as well! Just 2 ft. tal

  allium Allium or Ornamental Onion ‘Millenium’
A profusion of large 2 in round, bright rosy purple flower clusters on strong stems bloom mid to late summer.  Forms a perfect, compact upright clump of glossy green, strappy leaves. A bee and butterfly magnet. 15-20 inches
 Coreopsis Daybreak Coreopsis L’il Bang ‘Daybreak’
Bicolor flowers with prominent orange-red centers bloom all season long. Forms a short, tight mound of highly disease-resistant foliage. Great in containers. 8-12 inches tall.
 Coreopsis Enchanted Eve  Coreopsis L’il Bang ‘Enchanted Eve’
Disease- free clean green foliage stays nice all season. Butter yellow blossoms with a soft red eye are incredibly long blooming. 8-12 inches
 coreopsis Red Elf Coreopsis L’il Bang ‘Red Elf’
Deep burgundy red blossoms are produced atop a compact clump of disease resistant foliage all season. 8-12 inches.
 Dianthus Paint the town fuschia Dianthus or Pinks ‘Paint the Town Fuchsia’
Prized for its bright flower color, long bloom period and heat tolerance. 1 inch wide, single fuchsia flowers completely cover the shiny blue foliage. Trim back to encourage rebloom. 6-8 inches
 DianthusPaintTownMagenta Dianthus or Pinks ‘Paint the Town Magenta’
Prized for its bright flower color, long bloom time and  heat tolerance. 1 inch wide, single vibrant magenta flowers with serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the shiny blue foliage. 6-8 inches.
 Echinacea Lakota 'Santa Fe' Echinacea or Coneflower Lakota ‘Santa Fe’
This new coneflower blooms in varying shades of reddish-orange to pinkish red. Its shorter stature, 12-16 inches, makes it a great fit for the front of the border, small spaces and combination planters. Flowers from early summer until early fall.
 Echinacea Double Scoop Cranberry Echinacea or Coneflower ‘Double Scoop Cranberry’
Fragrant, double pom-pom type cranberry red flowers do not fade as they age. Forms  a sturdy, well branched, upright clump. 24-26 inches. Blooms all summer.
 Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red Echinacea or Coneflower ‘Sombrero Salsa Red’
Spicy red-orange blossoms with an orange-brown center cone  are produce all summer atop a well-branched sturdy plant.  24-26 inches.
 Heuchera Blackberry Ice  Heuchera or Coral Bells Dolce ‘Blackberry Ice’
This vigorous grower forms a clump of iridescent purple leaves with black veining. Produces cream colored flowers on reddish stems.
 Heuchera Black Pearl Heuchera or Coral Bells Primo ‘Black Pearl’
Meet the new standard in black coral bells. Forms a dense habit of shiny jet black leaves with scalloped, ruffled edges and rosy purple undersides. Keeps its intense black color even in the sun! White flowers. 18-20 inches.
 Huechera Cinnamon Curls  Heuchera or Coral Bells ‘Cinnamon Curls’
A tidy compact mound of glossy, ruffled leaves in a blend of coppery orange, red and purple tones. Spring color is fiery red-orange. Insignificant flowers. 8-12 inches.
 Heucherella Pink Fiz Heucherella or Foamy Bells ‘Pink Fizz’
Durable perennial for sun or shade. Large, deeply lobed soft green leaves have prominent purple veins. Pure pink flowers pop open from hot pink flower buds. 10-13 inches
 Heucherella Pumpkin Spice Heucherella or Foamy Bells ‘Pumpkin Spice’
Bronze red lobed leaves emerge in late spring and holds their color well into early summer. Mahogany colored centers. Cream colored flowers bloom atop dark red stems.
 Hosta Curly Fries Hosta ‘Curly Fries’
This hosta forms a clump of extremely rippled narrow leaves. Chartreuse foliage is best with a bit of morning sun. A little hosta, just 6 inches tall.
 Hosta Blue Mouse Ears Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
Another small hosta like ‘Curly Fries’ above that’s only 8 inches tall. Thick heart-shaped leaves are bluish green. forms a perfect symmetrical mound. clusters of lavender bell-shaped flowers.
 Hosta Brother Steffan Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’
A favorite of hosta enthusiasts. Forms a large clump of thick, heavily corrugated, puckered leaves. Spring leaves are chartreuse with a blue margin. Mature leaves are gold with a green margin. White flowers.20 inches.
 Vernonia Southern Cross Vernonia ‘Southern Cross’
This Arkansas native has lovely fine foliage with bright purple flowers that, as the name implies, draws plenty of butterflies. Blooms appear mid through late summer, when fresh color is appreciated. 30-36 inches tall. Native to moist meadows but will tolerate drought.

 

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