Pink Blueberries, Velvet Leaves and Hot Petals—New Varieties

Mighty Velvet Stachys (Lamb’s Ears):  Some plants have incredible color, others have unforgettable fragrance but this one has neither.  The Mighty Velvet Stachys has a magnetic quality that magically brings hand to leaf.  It’s irresistibly soft, begging you to touch it.  It’s soft and nice and feels like you’re petting a puppy.  Lance-like, silver-colored wooly leaves are deer resistant. Foliage holds up well in rain and weather, either in the landscape or in a container mix. Grows 18–24 inches tall and wide. Does well in sun or shade and is heat and drought tolerant. Zones 7-9

Li’l Bang Enchanted Eve Coreopsis: Aren’t these names getting a little long? How about Eve Coreopsis?  Or Li’l Coreopsis? Why do we have to deal with FIVE names?  I’m glad there are rules around the botanical terms, one genus, one species. Nice and neat.  This plant has large, single dark yellow flowers with a vibrant red-orange center. The compact, mounding, dwarf form grows to 9 inches tall with a 20-inch spread. Little or no seed is set, which extends the bloom season from Summer through Fall. Grows in full sun and is disease and mildew resistant.  Zone 5.

Pink Icing Blueberry: This one is all about foliage.  There is something wrong about making a blueberry pink, but luckily we get to keep the blue in blueberry in this case. Pink Icing™ is a compact, ornamental blueberry plant with colorful spring foliage colors ranging from hues of pink to blues and greens. In winter, the foliage turns an iridescent turquoise blue. The large, sweet and robust-flavored fruit ripens mid-summer. Use in the landscape mixed in with other ornamentals, or it can be used as a hedge or in decorative containers on the patio. Grows in a spreading, upright mound and will reach 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Plant in full sun in moist, acidic soil.

Sombrero Adobe Orange Coneflower: This echinacea is sunny and warm. Bright orange flowers bloom late spring to late summer on sturdy, compact stems. It has an upright habit growing to 24–26 inches tall and 16–18 inches wide. Plant in mixed perennial gardens in full sun and well drained soil. Drought resistant once established.

 

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