Posts Tagged ‘new for 2012’

Prairie Pixies™ Cranberry Cupcake Echinacea

Well maybe not at first BITE but for sure at first SIGHT

For the past few years Echinacea have been all the rave. So many new varieties that come out every year, and us having to choose which ones to keep, drop or add as a new variety. Echinacea also have become a true collection. One of the new varieties that we added this year is Prairie Pixies™Cranberry Cupcake‘. One thing that I think people are looking for in cone flowers is a shorter plant but with large blooms. (correct me if I am wrong) ‘Cranberry Cupcake‘ is just that, a compact variety reaching 14 to 22 inches with tons of  huge blooms. The large, double pom pom cone is a bright pink color with lighter pink rays that fall from it. Just the name of this plant may lead you to also think  that it is a fragrant variety, which it definitely is! And with fragrance comes… you guessed it butterflies and hummingbirds. This delightful variety is a sure bet garden treat!

Be sure to check out our other 40 Cone Flower Varieties!

Garden Crossings is a great place to start your Echinacea collection!

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Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

If a long blooming perennial is what you are looking for, Agastache should be a high on your list.  Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a beautiful new perennial variety that has bright purple flower spikes that bloom all summer. The tall (2 -3 foot) upright habit of ‘Blue Boa’ and thick colorful spikes make this a great specimen plant. What I have done and recommend doing is planting several Agastaches together in mass to create a colorful long blooming ‘patch’ in your garden. The sweet anise smell is delightful on a warm summer night. Take a few cuts and bring this beauty in the house to enjoy. Agastache ‘Blue Boa‘ is a natural attractor for hummingbirds and butterflies, and because of its lovely scent the deer will stay away.

Be sure to check out our huge list of Agastache to start your long blooming variety list.

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INCA ICE™ Alstroemeria

Do you love to cut flowers to enjoy in your home? In my opinion Alstroemeria is one of the nicest, longest lasting cut varieties you could grow. INCA ICE™ is one of those varieties that starts to bloom early summer and is a not stop show until late fall. The beautiful salmon colored flowers and a bright splash of color to your garden. So you do like to cut flowers!? You need not worry about your plant looking bare, the constant blooms and new growth with give you enjoyment indoors and out. INCA ICE™ Alstroemeria has a nice full, bushy, upright habit and stands 2 to 3 foot tall. Grown in full sun to part shade this garden beauty is sure to be a cool new addition to your perennial garden.

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