Five more new plants for your 2019 garden
by Art Drysdale
by Art Drysdale


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

November 18, 2018

Above, Celosia plumose First Flame Purple; Verbena peruviana Cadet Upright, and Calendula hybrid Lady Godiva Yellow. Below, Bright Lights Pink African Daisy, and two shots of two different Petunia SuperCal Premium petunias. All photos courtesy the introducers.




My first new annual plant for this week is Celosia plumosa First Flame Purple. This is a plant that shows off bright colours for your garden.

The brightly coloured summer crop finishes 10 to 14 days earlier than competing varieties when grown from seed. They branch like a regular C. plumosa to produce full blooms. There is uniformity across all colours for a fuller look in containers. These make great border plants; that are also good in containers.

This plant thrives in full sun and rich, well-drained soils. Soil needs to be moist but not wet. Water during dry periods. Grows 25-36 cm (10-14") tall by 25-41 cm (10-16") wide. Space 25-36 cm (10-14") apart. Plant in areas of full sun (i.e. receive at least six hours of sun daily).

According to PanAmerican Seed Company it is well-suited for borders and containers. And, although a number of popular colours are available, purple is a unique colour to this type of Coleus.

The second plant for this week is Verbena peruviana Cadet Upright. According to the introducer, Ball FloralPlant this Verbena produces flowers about one week earlier than other upright verbenas. This one features the same performance as EnduraScape, but in a compact patio pot or window box habit. It is available in seven colours.

This one has the most uniform habit across the series compared to the competition. It also has proven superior Powdery Mildew resistance when compared to the competition.

The third plant for this week is an English marigold or better known in North America as a Calendula. This reinvention of Calendula gives increased heat tolerance and all-season performance. These double cultivars have greatly reduced seed set, which encourages them to continue blooming throughout the seasons.

Calendula or English marigold is an easy to grow annual, producing masses of orange/yellow flowers all summer long. It's also edible and is used to make herbal remedies for many purposes, from painful periods to conjunctivitis and more.

Based upon the Tennyson poem which itself is based upon the story of the Countess Godiva, an Anglo-Saxon lady who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry after her husband promised that he would remit oppressive taxes on his tenants if she agreed to do so nude. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched the woman ride and was struck blind or dead.

Osteospermum hybrid Bright Lights Pink is my fourth pick of new annuals for 2019.

African daisies, or Osteospermum, grow in temperate climates and can be started indoors, so that they will bloom through the warmer months of the year. Avoid trying to grow African daisies in colder climates during the winter without advice.

A breakthrough colour for Osteospermum, this pink selection is ideal for spring container recipes. Though its flower is the classic Osteospermum form and it thrives in cool seasons, this plant has also been bred for increased heat tolerance, so it blooms all season in most climates.

And finally this week, Premium Petunia SuperCal (Petchoa hybrida). The SuperCal series of 13 trusted varieties, from the Sakata Seed Company, is joined by five next-generation colours that feature larger flowers and a stronger mounding habit. New colours include: Bordeaux, Caramel Yellow, Cinnamon, French Vanilla and Sunray Pink

The SuperCal® family gives you all the choices and performance you need for spring, summer and fall! With SuperCal and SuperCal Premium you can count on: Unsurpassed heat tolerance, Exceptional disease resistance, and Strong rain recovery.

Supercal varieties feature a vigorous trailing habit covered with an abundance of blooms.


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