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I love this time of year! I stroll around my yard, willing my plants to all return healthy and happy. That doesn’t always happen… that’s okay, there are some fantastic new annuals to play with!
Caladiums are gorgeous in part shade and this year’s Artful Heartfire does not disappoint!
It grows to 20 inches tall and 14 inches wide. This is a thriller for the container! Caladiums do not like cold soggy soils. They’re best planted in containers in cooler climates.
Coleus are a true stunner for the shade. One of the newest members of the Under the Sea collection, ‘Seaweed’ has finely divided chartreuse-and-black foliage that looks like something you’d see on a underwater trip in the Caribbean.
Delightful in containers mixed with other ‘Under the sea’ coleus, by itself or anything your imagination dreams up! Plant in part shade, avoid afternoon sun.
If you want to lure hummingbirds to your garden, a new cuphea called ‘Vermillionaire’ is the ticket.
White flowers have a unique position in the garden. They make a gray day sparkle and illuminate the night. There’s a new salvia called ‘Summer Jewel White’ and it’s lovely. Note some salvias are perennials – this one is not.
This salvia grows to 20 inches tall and 15 inches wide in full sun. It tolerates most any soil, even clay!
My favorite new annual is an osteospermum called ‘Blue Eyed Beauty’. It grows 14 inches tall and wide in full sun and the flowers bloom for up to 8 weeks!