This summer we’re excited to offer some new varieties of annuals and perennials. In late spring we planted some gallon items specifically for summer that we’ve never grown before. Of the 3000 we grew, the following are a few of our favorites:
Digiplexis Illumination Flame
Digiplexis is a beautiful foxglove cross. It looks similar to a foxglove, but with darker foliage and a better branching habit. The flowers are spikes of rose and orange which bloom all summer into fall. It’s great as an attractant for hummingbirds and as a cut flower.
A new, bushy sunflower hybrid which blooms all summer long. The blooms are prolific all season with flowers 3” – 4” in diameter. Sunfinities are fast growing up to 2’ – 3’ in height and spread.
Illustris Elephant’s Ear
A striking foliage plant with huge, dark black leaves. They can reach a height of 60”. While the tag says they can take full sun; here in the Rogue Valley they’d do best with dappled light. They prefer moist soil and can tolerate boggy conditions.
Lobelia Starship Scarlet
A perennial lobelia that looks completely different from the annual lobelia. Flowers grow on tall, dense, upright spikes. The Starship series is a new and improved variety with better branching, earlier flowering, and overall quality. Like the Digiplexis, the Lobelia Starship Scarlet is a hummingbird attractant.
Coreopsis American Dream Pink
Coreopsis are some of my absolute favorite perennials primarily because they require little maintenance and bloom all summer long, even in the hottest days of summer. While most coreopsis are yellow, this variety is a beautiful pink with yellow center. It’s low growing, which makes it a great pick for boarders.