For 2007, a number of new perennials will be available for growing in perennial beds and borders, and mixed borders.
Renee’s Garden is introducing Chinese foxglove, which is a totally different genus than the biennial foxglove, a native to Europe. Chinese foxgloves are especially suited to partial and full shade. The well formed plants have tall, graceful flower spikes. These are covered with lovely, nodding, bell shaped, red blooms that are two to three inches long. Chinese foxglove is a long blooming perennial providing color for about four months or so.
For 2007, there’s a wonderful new Astilbe mix called Astary Mix. This blooms the very first year from seed. Hardy in zones four through eight, this will need partial shade. The dense, full plants reach about a foot in height. They’re small enough to grow in containers. The feathery plumes of flowers come in a range of colors from white and pink to red.
Prairie Glow Rudbeckia is a delightful new black eyed Susan. Hardy to zone four, this is being introduced by Select Seeds. This stately plant with well shaped, upright stems can reach five feet in height and spread to three feet. So do give it plenty of room. Perfect for mixed borders, it needs full sun. Borne on sturdy stems, the flowers come in shades of burgundy and gold.
For 2007, Thompson and Morgan is introducing the very first foxglove with blooms that face upwards. Candy Mountain foxgloves are actually a biennial. However, once this becomes established it should easily self sow. It is recommended for zones four through eight. Candy Mountain can grow to nearly five feet in height. This is an excellent choice for mixed borders where you need some vertical interest. Candy Mountain will begin blooming during the spring of the second year. The sturdy stems are covered from top to bottom with classically shaped pink, bell-like, foxglove blooms with intriguing white flecked throats. This would be a great choice for cottage gardens.
Thompson and Morgan is also introducing several new perennial delphiniums. These are perfect for mixed borders and flower beds. They are adapted to zones four through eight. These need full sun or partial shade. Green Twist is a lovely new bicolor with most of the blooms having a green and cream colored bee that is surrounded by creamy white petals with attractive green streaks. Very floriferous, Green Twist can reach five feet in height.
Phantom Delphium is named for the intriguing blooms with black or dark brown marks on pure white backgrounds. Phantom grows to about four feet in height.
When the seeds are planted very early, these delphiniums will bloom the very first year.
All of these new perennial varieties mentioned here are easily grown from seeds.