10 New Must-Grow Perennials for 2013


 It seems we all want the latest gadgets, latest styles, latest new cocktail mix, but sometimes having the "latest" may not be the best for us in the long run, ever heard of buyers remorse? When it come to plants though  I definitely can say you will not regret buying these new 2013 varieties. I have listed my favorite 10 below.


'Freak!' Leucanthemum

'Freak!' Leucanthemum
 The fluffy 2- to 2-1/2-inch-wide flowers feature layers of white petals. The long-blooming flowers smother the compact, well-branched plants. Plant in partial shade in really hot climates. 'Freak!' is ideal in garden beds -- especially cottage gardens -- but also excels in containers. Flowers bloom from June through frost. To encourage reblooming, remove faded blooms. Makes a great cut flower.
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil
Size: To 13 inches tall and 21 inches wide
Zones: 4-8
Grow It With: Phlox


Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'

 Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'
 

 A brilliant red coreopsis (most varieties are yellow), 'Mercury Rising' is a hot little number for beds and borders. A member of the Big Bang Series, this hardy perennial blooms from early summer through early fall -- sometimes even to frost. The wine-red flowers feature a golden button center. If you're planting a butterfly garden, 'Mercury Rising' is a must. Small flowers and airy foliage make this a beautiful addition to any flowerbed.
Name: Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising'
Growing Conditions: Full sun
Size: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide
Zones: 5-9
Grow It With: Perennial geranium      
                                         
'Pretty Lady Julia' Anemone


Anemone' Pretty Lady Julia'
 
Add plucky pink color to your fall flower garden! Compact and flower-covered, 'Pretty Lady Julia' is the newest member of the Pretty Lady series of Japanese anemones. Unlike other Japanese anemones, this perennial is a prolific bloomer. It is packed with double, 2-inch-wide, medium-pink flowers, each dotted with a lemon-yellow center. 'Pretty Lady Julia' is a long-lived garden perennial, so you'll enjoy her beauty for many years. This compact anemone is also ideal for containers.
Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist soil
Size: To 18 inches tall and 24 inches wide
Zones: 5-9
Grow It With: Mums



Dianthus EverLast series
 

Dianthus EverLast series
 Double-flowered, nicely mounding EverLast dianthus earned its name because of its continuous flowering ability all season. Starting early, this hardy dianthus blooms with vigor and can even take a little cold weather. It continues to rebloom even after temperatures start to drop in later summer. The EverLast series features double dianthus in several colors: White, Burgundy Blush, Lavender, Lilac, and Orchid.
Growing Conditions: Full sun
Size: To 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide
Zones: 5-9
Grow It With: Lambs'-ears
 

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