As we head into the new year and you are starting or reviewing your garden plans, we wanted to let you know about some new perennial plants that will be available for the first time.  When you plant perennials in your garden, they will provide color and texture all year round, making it look more alive and vibrant. These plants are easier to maintain than annuals because they don't need to be replanted every year.

Here are ten plants we think deserve some special consideration this year:

Delphinium Jenny’s Pearl – We are fans of the blue flower, but it also is available in pink. The flowers are 1.5 inches in diameter and the plant grows 20 to 25 inches tall.  The plant can be grown in a pot or used in flower beds.  It can also be utilized as a cut flower where it has excellent vase life. The flower color remains consistent even under high temperatures. Zones 5-9.

Artemisia Sunfern™ Olympia - This plant is part of a new collection that looks like an evergreen shrub but also has a fern-like texture. This herbaceous perennial will work in containers as a companion plant or can also be used in the landscape. The plant is non-invasive and will not spread. They are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant. Olympia has dark green foliage with red stems. Zones 4-9.

Echibeckia™ Summerina™ Series – This series marries the best of the rudbeckia and echinacea worlds. The flowers have rich browns, oranges, and yellows bursts. This series has 11 different plants that all have great flower sizes and are ideal for large containers. Zones 7-9.

Head Over Heels® Desire Hibiscus - This Hibiscus has scarlet-colored blooms that make a bold statement against rich, burgundy foliage. Large, saucer-shaped flowers are presented on a dense, compact plant. Works great in containers or in the garden. Zones 4-10.

Heuchera Carnival Cinnamon Stick - Cinnamon Stick Heuchera has a soft copper-colored foliage that deepens in color as the season progresses. In the spring white spires of flowers appear.  This plant has great winter hardiness and excellent heat tolerance.  It works well in a shade garden or in a container. Zones 4-9.

Lobelia Starship Rose – The Starship series has been around for a little while, but Rose is a new color offering.  The plant has tall spikes of rose-colored flowers. This perennial produces masses of flowers and will have blooms the first year. During the summer this flowering plant is a great pollinator attractor, especially for hummingbirds.  It is low maintenance. Zones 6-10.

Rudbeckia Rodeo™ Red – This was one of our favorite new perennials. The unique double, deep red flowers will add excitement to any garden.  It is great in a fall garden as it will flower until heavy frost. The flowers have sturdy stems! Zones 3-7.

Hedera Tropical Blizzard - Hedera Tropical Blizzard is a large-leaved Algerian Ivy and is an evergreen perennial offering providing year-round interest. The unique leaves are highly variegated with gold to pure white marbling and flecking with varying shades of green in between, but the pink and red stems may just steal the show. This plant can be a houseplant, used in a hanging basket, or groundcover in warmer climates. Zones 8-11.

Hydrangea Game Changer Series – This is a new kind of hydrangea that was developed to bloom earlier and longer than others, hence the name "Game Changer".  The lacecap shaped blossoms are available in blue, pink, white, and picotee. These plants are vigorous bloomers and stand up to tough weather. Game Changer Hydrangeas bloom on new wood guaranteeing you blossoms spring through fall. Zone 5-11.

Rock 'N Grow® 'Back in Black' – This fall-blooming perennial can add some dark color to your garden border. Near black leaves can be enjoyed throughout the summer, and later in the season, flowers bloom with red centers and cream petals. Zones 3-9.

 Let us know if you will add any of these selections to your garden this year!

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