Proven Winner perennial picks

Wed. Mar. 5, 2014

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This brutal winter is definitely one to remember and to forget!  While we remain in the midst of it, it’s fun to look forward to the possibilities of spring.

There’s a new Heuchera , aka Coral Bells called ‘Cinnamon Curl’ that’s so pretty with different shades of red.  The white flowers are insignificant.  This baby is all about the foliage and works well in part shade.

Heuchera 'Cinnamon Curls'
Heuchera ‘Cinnamon Curls’

Bred by Minnesota’s own Hans Hansen, this next Baptisia is recommended by Walters Gardens expert Susan Martin.  It’s from their Decadence series and it’s called ‘Blueberry Sundae’.  It’s a true blue flower native that grows to 3 feet tall in poor neutral soil.  It’s sturdy foliage blue/green foliage looks great all summer.  The blooms appear in late spring and early summer and then seed pods show up in the Fall.  

Baptisia 'Blueberry Sundae'
Baptisia ‘Blueberry Sundae’

Baptisia - Blueberry Sundae up close

Hansen has developed several including ‘Lemon Meringue’ which is a delicate yellow.

Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue'
Baptisia ‘Lemon Meringue’

Ruby Spider’ is a stunning daylily by Proven Winners.  When this 2 foot tall delight went up on the screen you could hear a collective “wow”.   The ruby red flowers with a radiating gold throat are 9 inches across.  The plant grows to just about 3 feet tall and is hardy to zone 3 in sun to part shade.

Daylily 'Ruby Slider'
Daylily ‘Ruby Spider’

I get pretty tired of ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum.  A nice replacement that won’t flop is a dark leaf stonecrop called ‘Maestro’.  Large blue/green leaves transition to purple through the season.  The stems are bright purple all season and the  pink flowers bloom late summer to fall.  This one does not fall apart!

 

Sedum 'Maestro'
Sedum ‘Maestro’

 

 


 

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