Archive for the ‘2011 New Varieties’ Category

Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens

The fall season is all around us here in Zeeland, Michigan at Garden Crossings. The leaves are just starting to change color, the landscapes are looking tired, but there are still a few signs of summer all around us.  There are a couple annuals that still have outstanding color despite being hit by several early frosts. One in particular that really stood out to me this weekend (10/1) was Goldilocks Rocks™ Bidens. The deep yellow flowers still looked just as nice as they did when they were first planted. And the mass of blooms has been a constant all season long also. Even the foliage is still green and lush. I will be perfectly honest here, these have not seen much fertilizer either for the past month or more. I have been really impressed by the performance of Goldilocks Rocks™, one thing in my mind that really makes a great annual is when it last well past the season it is intended for. And here in Michigan, if you can keep your annuals looking good until Labor Day you should get a gold star for your efforts. Now I will follow that comment up with if you put the effort into your plants your will get the outcome that all home owners with plants desire. My top 3 tips for annual longevity… Fertilizer!!! every 10-14 days, water consistently, and give them a good hard ‘haircut’ when needed!

Goldilocks Rocks Biden

Goldilocks Rocks Bidens

Phlox paniculata ‘Shockwave’

It is no shock that this new Tall Garden Phlox has been added to the Proven Winners Perennial line new for Fall 2011.

Phlox Shockwave

Starting off Phlox Shockwave has a shocking interest! The variegated foliage has a wow factor all of it’s own. The striking contrast of the deep green and bright yellow foliage is amazing. The 12-18″ upright habit of this new tall Phlox is compact enough for most gardens yet stands tall enough to steal the show. The fragrant lilac flowers of Shockwave compliment well with the green and yellow foliage. Shockwave is a new introduction to the Proven Winner Perennial line for Fall of 2011.

I have really been impressed with the Phlox Shockwave that I have in my garden, above the picture shows your the beautiful contrast of colors. And below is a picture before it started to bloom, the foliage, like I said, has enough color of its own.

Phlox Shockwave landscape shot before flowering. This is its first summer.

Echinacea ‘Secret Passion’

Echinacea 'Secret Passion'

(Coneflower) Echinacea ‘Secret Passion’ PPAF is one of the 4 “Passion” series Echinacea we carry. ‘Secret Passion‘  is a pinkish coral color pom pom style Echinacea. The double cone top sets atop the coral pink rays that fall below. The compact habit, reaching 18-27″ tall make Echinacea ‘Secret Passion’ a great choice for the middle of your garden.

Canna ‘Yellow’

Canna 'Yellow'

Here is Michigan the Canna Lily is an annual, but the enjoyment that they bring during our short season is well worth having them in the garden. Canna Yellow is a deep yellow color that is splashed with orange dots that add a little dimension to this tropical delight. Cannas enjoy the sun so be sure to place them in a location that is mostly  to all full sun for best flowering performance.

Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails’

Pennisetum 'Red Bunny Tails'

Pennisetum messiacum ‘Red Bunny Tails‘ adds constant movement to your gardens and containers with it’s fluffy burgundy red plumes that blow gently in the breeze. The burgundy green foliage stands 18’36″ tall and grows best in the full sun. ‘Red bunny Tails’ is a tender perennial grass (zone 7-11). This drought tolerant grass would make a wonderful addition to your garden.