New flowers and plants are something all gardeners can get excited about and the new plants and flowers of 2017 did not disappoint. With new colors, improved habits, increased longevity and minimum maintenance, the flowers you’re about to be introduced to with surely earn a spot in your landscape.
Go Big with Blue Flowers:
The “Blue Frills” Stoke’s aster deserves your love. This generally trouble free plant is drought resistant and will flower throughout the dry, hot summer. Its eye-catching purple-blue blooms can span 3-inches wide and is a flower loved by the bees and butterflies alike. The Blue Frill grows well in zones 5 to 9 and can grow 16-18 inches tall and 20 inches wide. Plant in full sun.
Bring on the Color with the Clematis:
Your eyes will shine with delight after beholding the bold color of the Boulevard Daiyu clematis flower. The rich pink blooms of this clematis are compact, plentiful and will repeatedly bloom if cared for properly. Being that this flowering plant cultivar flowers from its leaf axils and stems, the colorful blooms adorn the plant from top to bottom. The Boulevard Daiyu flower thrives in zones 4 to 9 and can grow 4 to 6 feet tall and wide. Plant in full to partial shade.
It’s Good to be Pretty and Tough:
Looking for a pretty flower that can stand the test of time and heat? The Ritzy Rose yarrow is the flower for you. There’s a reason why so many landscapers plant yarrow in the harshest spots, its hardiness and ability to survive in harsh environments makes it a go-to plant for gardeners. This pretty and tough plant doesn’t stop there, it tops its green leaves with intensely pink blossoms making it stand out against its neighboring plants. The Ritzy Rose yarrow prospers in zones 4 to 9. It’s 10 to 14 inches tall and wide and should be planted in full sun.
“Bee-Happy” to be Disease Resistant:
“Bee-Happy” boasts an even better mildew resistance than the ever so popular “Jacob Cline” that has delighted landscapers in the past. This is the latest in the popular Bee-You Series, known for its disease resistance and compact habits. The striking maroon and purple bracts contrast wonderfully with the intense flower hue. The “Bee-Happy” bee balm does well in zones 5 to 9 and grows 15 to 18 inches tall and 12 to 15 inches wide. Plant in full sun.
No Pruning, No Problem:
There a many things to love about the Bellini Grape crepe myrtle. Firstly its compact and rounded habit makes it pruning free and resistant to powdery mildew. This cultivar is also supposed to bloom prolifically in its first year! This enjoyable, prune-free crepe myrtle prospers in zones 6 to 9 and grows 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. Plant in full sun for best results.
Ground Cover that Pops:
Blue flowers are difficult for gardeners to find, pair it with golden yellow foliage and you have a rarity indeed. The Gold ‘n Sapphires lithodora is a stunning flower that thrives in well-drained soil. If you have a gravelly area between rocks or stones, this flowering ground cover may be a great choice for you. The Gold ‘n Sapphires lithodora flourishes in zones 5 to 7 and can grow up to 4 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Plant in full sun.