Agastache ‘Crazy Fortune’

This new agastache is crazy in a good way with variegated leaves which emerge in shades of green and purple. The foliage is also fragrant with a licorice/anise type fragrance. Blue-purple flowers appear July to September and are food for bees and butterflies. It has an upright habit reaching up to 32 inches in height and 20 inches in width. Use it in the landscape border or in a patio container.


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Buddleia High Five Purple

A dense plant, High Five Purple (‘PODCEPT1’) is covered in plump flower spikes bursting with double, purple flowers. They appear spring through fall and attract butterflies and beneficial insects. Most importantly it is considered non-invasive as it produces little to no seed, and any seed that might appear doesn’t sprout.

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Diervilla rivularis Honeybee

Diervilla Honeybee (‘Diwibru01’) has a compact and bushy habit with striking bright yellow foliage. The abundant flowers make it a magnet for both bees and butterflies. It is hardy, disease resistant and low maintenance. It’s suitable for shrub borders, mass planting and as an accent plant in the landscape, yet is an eye-catcher in a solitary container.

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Echinacea Sombrero® Fiesta Orange

The popular Sombrero series of coneflower is known for its vibrant color and exceptional winter hardiness. Joining the series for 2021 is Fiesta Orange, a bold, non-fading orange with single and semi-double characteristics. Plants are highly floriferous and naturally well-branched and compact for easy shipping to retail. They put on a great show in the store (commanding a premium price) and are snatched up by shoppers looking for a pollinator-friendly prairie native. Hardy in Zones 4b-9b for years of enjoyment in most gardens. For the grower, Sombrero can easily be produced for spring sales – no vernalization required.

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Echinacea ‘Sweet Sandia’

Terra Nova Nurseries hasn’t been as excited about an echinacea introduction since the first of the Echinacea KISMET series. Echinacea ‘Sweet Sandia’ has single, broad-petaled flowers that look like slices of watermelon. It has a compact habit and the plant’s numerous flowering stems have made this one of Terra Nova’s most sought after plants in years. ‘Sweet Sandia’ has a uniformity that makes the clonal variety easier to schedule and sell. It is destined to become a consumer favorite. Its hardy in Zones 4-9, and it has a foliage height of 19 inches, foliage spread of 16 inches and a flower height of 24 inches.

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Fragaria x ananassa Scarlet Belle™

Scarlet Belle™ has scarlet red blooms with yellow centers that produce juicy strawberries all season. Plant in patio pots, hanging baskets, or garden beds for a rewarding and scrumptious crop. Scarlet Belle™ has a cascading habit that will reach 8-12 inches high.

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Fragaria hybrid Snowy Belle™

Snowy Belle™ is a deliciously sweet treat to grow in the garden and enjoy at the table. This strawberry variety has big, white flowers that produce an abundance of flavorful fruit. Snowy Belle™ has a cascading habit that will reach 8-10 inches high.

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Helenium hybrida Mariachi™ ‘Ranchera’ PP 27, 415

Ranchera adds dimension to the Mariachi Series with its deep red, rounded blooms. Like the traditional music style this flower is named after – Ranchera, music played by one person with one guitar – this spectacular helenium stands alone and upright as a colorful beacon. Its round, compact habit stands only 12 inches tall and does not flop, and the flowers are a true red, a much bluer red than the orange-red normally seen in heleniums.

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Heuchera ‘Black Forest Cake’

What is there not to like about Heuchera ‘Black Forest Cake’? It has smooth, dark-chocolate foliage topped with bright cherry-red flowers. This heuchera has an excellent habit and its showy flowers are a great addition to any perennial foliage lineup. ‘Black Forest Cake’ is a medium-sized plant that works well in containers and garden beds. It is a favorite of the staff and visitors of Terra Nova Nurseries. Hardy in Zones 4-9, and it has a foliage height of 6 inches, foliage spread of 12 inches and a flower height of 12 inches.

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Hibiscus Earth Angel

The Hollywood Hibiscus brand of tropical hibiscus are a hit with growers and gardeners alike. Earth Angel is a breakthrough in breeding with the most graceful and bright white blooms in the industry accented by contrasting, deep green foliage. Hollywood Hibiscus are the ultimate in outdoor plant décor providing lush color in the landscape or brightening a balcony or patio creating an at-home tropical paradise. The Hollywood Hibiscus Collection is famous for multi-day lasting blooms, naturally well-branched habits, and bacterial leaf spot and white fly resistance.

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Nandina Cool Glow™ Series

Selected for outstanding fall and winter color, the First Editions® Cool Glow™ series of nandina (Nandina domestica) also offers compact habit and sparse seed set. This is a stunning new offering for shoulder season retail sales and winter landscapes. Unique to the marketplace with shades of peach and apricot, lime, and red color in the fall and winter.

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Nepeta x faassenii Nepeta Whispurr™

Nepeta (catmint) are excellent landscape choices because of their long blooming season from spring through summer. The new Whispurr series is a standout for its large flower plumes rising above robust plants. The leaves of the Whispurr series have a minty fragrance for a multi-sensory experience, and the plants are very popular with pollinators. Available in a Pink and a Blue variety, shoppers will happily add these fillers to their gardens for many years of enjoyment. Hardy in Zone 4a-9a.

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Phlox paniculata Super Ka-Pow™

This new Phlox paniculata series from Darwin Perennials provides beautiful bouquets of flowers in late spring through summer. Super Ka-Pow is a hardy garden phlox and it is its excellent branching characteristics that ensures the abundance of flowers throughout the season. The blooms are super-sized in vibrant colors, including Lavender (shown), White, Pink, and Fuchsia. Winter hardy in Zones 4b-9a, the plants also have powdery mildew resistance. Home gardeners enjoy this showy phlox for its low garden maintenance, frost tolerance, rabbit and deer resistance. Phlox also attracts lively pollinators to their outdoor living spaces.

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Prunus Jade Parade™

We see this as a plant that may give landscapers a fresh perspective on mass planting groundcovers. The foliage is an attractive glossy blueish-green, turning shades of yellow, orange, and red in the fall. First Editions® Jade Parade™ Sand Cherry (Prunus pumila ‘UCONNPP002’ PPAF) has a spreading habit, but rather than just creeping along the ground, the branches arch upwards. The bonus in spring is the small half-inch white blooms that flower profusely along the stems and are followed by small black cherries in late summer. Very tolerant of full sun and dry conditions once established.

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Spirea Little Spark™

With all the problems with Spirea ‘Goldflame’ reverting, First Editions® Little Spark™ (Spiraea japonica ‘Minspil04’ PP30,819) will be the perfect substitution with an even more compact habit. This little spirea has orange new growth and holds its yellow foliage color throughout the summer, even in full sun situations. A summer bloomer, the pink flowers arise just above the foliage, and if you give them a quick shear when they are done, it will bloom again in late summer. Fall color includes shades of pink, creating a multi-toned effect.

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Are you a plant breeder, marketer or a grower with new introductions to promote? Contact us! Reach out to Nursery Management managing editor Matt McClellan at mmcclellan@gie.net.