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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.

My most favorite Spring Flower is Lupines. Lupines come in a range of colors from red, to pink, to purple and yellow. Lupine heights can vary from shorter varieties like the Gallery series which is 18-24″ and also taller varieties like the Russell Hybrids.

Lupinus x hybrida ‘Gallery Blue’

Lupine “Gallery Blue” is a great perennial that provides you with spring color. Lupine come in a range of colors and sizes, but I prefer the shorter varieties. Lupine Gallery Red and Gallery Blue are both staple plants in my garden, they are the go to plant when referring someone for spring color. The unique star shaped leaves have nice texture and interest  in the garden. The multiple spike flower heads provide a ton of color. If you love your Lupines let them go to seed and sprinkle it around. Lupine like dry, well drained soil. Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies is an great attribute of Lupines.

Heuchera ‘Miracle’

Heuchera 'Miracle' Photo Property of Garden Crossings

(Coral Bells) Heuchera ‘Miracle‘ is a hot new variety that truly is a miracle in Heuchera breeding! The plant goes through several changes in leaf coloration throughout the seasons. In the spring, the young foliage is chartreuse with a heavy smattering of reddish purple in the center. As the foliage matures, it turns brick red with a bright chartreuse to gold edge and silvered undersides. Try planting near a walkway or in a container where passerby’s can enjoy its beauty up close. Heuchera ‘Miracle‘ is a very good grower that is tolerant of high heat and humidity!

Bandana® Rose Lantana

lant rose 1x1 may10 Every year I like to plant a random basket for the sole purpose of attracting butterflies. It is a mismatched looking assortment, but I know the plants will all attract lots of hummingbirds. A Bandana® Lantana is always one in the assortment.

(Lantana) Bandana® Rose Lantana flowers start out as a yellow color and mature to rose. Bandana® Rose is a well branched plant that has a nice mounding growing habit. Try Lantanas in a hanging basket or in a mixed combo planter.

Super Sonic® Pastel Pink Impatiens

‘Pastel Pink‘ was a new color New Guinea Impatiens for us last year. I was really impressed by the actual color of this plant. The large pale pink flowers had a little color variation that appeared to be a pale pink and white fade.  Of all the shades of pink that we carried last year this one really was a stand out variety. -Heidi

(New Guinea Impatiens) Super Sonic® Pastel Pink Impatiens has large pastel pink blooms, dark green foliage. The extra large flowers (up to 3-inches across) of Super Sonic® Pastel Pink are perfect for large baskets and patio containers. Super Sonics® will provide you with a robust, large specimen plant great for landscaping.