What’s new, semi-new or otherwise really great for 2012
I just love flowers. I want to put flowers everywhere in my yard. Since I have a 100% shade yard I’m always happy to find new shade plants.
The 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year is a shade-lover -
Whitewater Acanthus is a big perennial with beautiful white-variegated foliage that will look best if protected from hot afternoon sun. A stunning specimen plant. Available soon.
Sunpatiens are a shade plant turned into a sun plant. They are similar in appearance to New Guinea impatiens, but more sturdy and vigorous than usual New Guineas, and are totally, toughly sun-tolerant. I didn’t believe it, had to test for myself (here at the nursery, where there’s sun) and it is true. No sunburn showed on leaves or flowers after a whole summer. And they will take shade fine, too. Solenia Begonias are another example of shade plants re-fitted for sun tolerance, comfortable in either situation. Both will be available in May.
Now, for you with lots of sun:
Grafted tomatoes seem to be in the gardening news everywhere. It seems like a bandwagon worth jumping onto, so we will be carrying a selection of them in May. If you only have room or energy for one or two tomatoes in a sunny corner, grafted plants might be the way to go. Drawing on the vigor of wild tomato rootstock, grafted tomatoes will grow larger and produce more fruit than seed-grown tomatoes. Bear in mind that they will cost more than regular tomato plants, though.
Compact tomatoes may be what you need if even one big grafted plant is too much, because you just have a small deck and want one in a pot. We’ll have two new compact varieties this year, Husky Red and Mega Bite. Both will have full-sized fruit on container-growable sized plants. Remember, there is no tomato like a homegrown tomato. “Only two things that money can’t buy – true love and homegrown tomatoes.”
Responding to several requests last year, we’ve added lotus vine back into our production, with the new, improved Lotus Flashbulb. It will have the same soft silvery foliage as older varieties, but should be more willing to bloom its bright orange flowers.
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