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Five more new herbaceous perennials

that will be available to you in Canada next spring
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale

email: art@artdrysdale.com

Art Drysdale, a life-long resident of Toronto and a horticulturist well known all across Canada, is now a resident of Parksville, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, just north of Nanaimo. He has reno-vated an old home and has a new garden there. His radio gardening vignettes are heard in south-western Ontario over radio station Easy 101 FM out of Tillsonburg at 2 PM weekdays.

Art also has his own website at http://www.artdrysdale.com


November 20, 2016





Above, Sedum ‘Dark Magic’; Hemerocallis ‘Lacy Doily’; and Penstemon ‘kCha Cha Cherry. Below, two shots of Paeonia lactifolia ‘London’; and Salvia x hybrid ‘Caraamia’.
Again, all photos courtesy of the introducers.







 


 



 

If you have not read last week’s article here then I suggest you do so before turning to this one which is a continuation of last week’s.

According to Landscape Trades magazine there are five more herbaceous perennials being introduced for 2017 gardens. The first is a new stonecrop or Sedum. Sedum ‘Dark Magic’.

Stonecrop are tough perennials and a dependable choice for the late summer garden. This outstanding dwarf selection has a short and very upright habit and glossy purple-black leaves. Multiple crowns of flower clusters are dark pink and appear in late summer through late fall. Very healthy and long-lived. This plant tolerates dry soils and loves full sun. Excellent in alpine troughs and other containers. USPPP: Stonecrop are tough perennials and a dependable choice for the late summer garden. This outstanding dwarf selection has a short and very upright habit and glossy purple-black leaves. Multiple crowns of flower clusters are dark pink and appear in late summer through late fall. Very healthy and long-lived. This plant tolerates dry soils and loves full sun. Excellent in alpine troughs and other containers.

This Sedum is great for sunny borders and in containers. It is hardy in Canadian Zones 4-9. It grows to 38-51 cm (15-20’’) in both height and width.

Our next new plant for 2017 is a Penstemon or beardtongue. The cultivar name is ‘Cha Cha Cher-ry’. This new addition to the Cha Cha Series has dark cherry-red flowers and an upright, bushy habit. It is very free-flowering and blooms from spring to late fall. The lovely dark seed heads are great for floral arrangements. It is perfect for mid-border collections of plants where bright colour is needed, large mixed containers and mass plantings. Grows 56-61 cm (22-24”) in both height and width.

Also for 2017 we have a new red peony that seems quite stunning, not only because of its colour, but also because it is a member of a patio series that is described as “a compact charming peony that produces frilly raspberry-pink, double flowers. Its strong stems, ease of flowering and very compact growth habit make it very suitable for growing in containers as well.” It matures at 50-55 cm (19-22”) high and wide. It should be hardy to Canadian zone 3.

It is also said to be both deer and rabbit resistant—an important factor to many gardeners.

Finally this week, we have a new Salvia! It has been introduced from Germany by a large introducing firm known as Dummen Orange. The cultivar’s name is Salvia x hybrid ‘Caramia’. The company advises that this new one was developed to replace S. ‘Caradonna’. This new one has additional advantages: it pushes the boundaries with a flower power nearly rivaling annual cultivars, but with the low maintenance attributes of an herbaceous perennial. The company, nor the magazine give no indication of ultimate height, or limits of hardiness.

That is it for herbaceous perennials, but still many new items to come; next will annuals.

   

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