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from Blooms of Bressingham
by Christine Kelleher
March 4, 2012

Colorful Sun Lovers

Anemone hupehensis 'Pretty Lady Diana' and 'Pretty Lady Emily' (above) are reliable and sturdy performers, offering a big improvement in garden and container performance compared to older, taller varieties. They feature a dwarf habit that's just 16 inches tall and spread to 24 inches when mature. Showy masses of large 2-inch pink flowers bloom for weeks in autumn. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. From Mr. Yoshihiro Kanazawa, Japan.

Campanula poscharskyana 'Blue Rivulet' is a selection from Adrian Bloom. It's not only prolific, but long flowering, too! Smothered in star-shaped flowers, its low, spreading habit is more compact than Campanula Blue Waterfall. Perfect for a smaller garden and container combos. Height is 6 to 7 inches and width is 10 to 12 inches. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

Coreopsis verticillata 'Sweet Marmalade' has stunning blooms that open deep orange, then mellow to soft apricot yellow. Flowers bloom on and on June through September in full sun. A sport of Coreopsis 'Creme Brulee, another popular Blooms variety. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. Prefers well-drained soils.

Kniphofia 'Elvira' is a showstopper in the garden with single bright orange spikes of thick stems in June to early autumn.A great specimen plant and cut flower that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Height is 30 inches and spread is 14 inches. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. From Paul Stringer in the UK.

Verbena 'Seabrook's Lavender' is a vivacious "vervain" that sprouts large flowers aplenty. A low-growing, spreading plant, its blooms put on a show from June until late September. Height is 3 inches, spread is 22 inches. A tender perennial well worth growing even if it's not hardy in your zone. Discovered by UK gardening journalist and broadcaster Peter Seabrook in his garden.USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to10; AHS Heat Zones 12 to 1.

For more information or pictures, contact Christine Kelleher by email or at 1.800.232.9557, ext. 2512. _________________________

Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden, raves about Achillea Tutti Frutti 'Pink Grapefruit', which has an amazing number of vivid lavender pink blooms. It doesn't "melt down" in heat and humidity, as confirmed in trials at the Dallas Arboretum in Texas.

Blooms of Bressingham varieties are tested for years with leading perennial growers, universities and botanical gardens throughout North America.

A listing of public trial site locations can be found on our Blooms of Bressingham website.

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