Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Perennial Pizzazz

Who is excited for Thanksgiving?!  I know I am excited for my father-in-law’s smoked ham and turkey, getting to spend time with my family and the amazing nap from the turkey coma. I have to say that is the best nap that everyone can ever have when you eat too much turkey and your body makes you sleep it off. But, you guys are probably more interested in talking about the new perennials coming in spring.

Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy, Echinacea Sombrero Blanco and Echinacea Sombrero Hot Coral are the new additions to the Sombrero series. You can see in our Reference Guide the basic characteristics of all of the Sombrero series. They are well branched, bright flowers that increases the flower power along with compact foliage. Below are some pictures that I took back in June of the flowers and the branching.

Sombrero Baja Burgundy is above and Blanco is below. Look at the rich colors and these pictures were both with new blooms. You can see in the Blanco picture that was the first of four blooms.

This little beauty above is Sombrero Hot Coral. It will add some amazing color to any landscapes or combination planting in a landscape.

The picture above is the wonderfully colored Penstemon Dark Towers.

I am so excited to be growing these in addition to one of my favorites, Penstemon Husker Red. There are a few differences between the two. The color of the foliage, color of the flowers and the spread of the plantings in the landscapes. Husker Red will stay between 12-18 inches and Dark Towers will spread 18-23 inches in the landscape. Husker Red has reddish purple foliage with white blooms with pinkish tints to the blooms. Dark Towers has a more deep purple foliage and pink with red tinted flowers as you can see from the picture.

The last plant I wanted to talk about is Veronica Pink Eveline. This plant reminds me of a beautiful meadow where the flowers are calm and quiet. I just adore this plant. It is full sun like other veronicas and it could be 18-23 inches tall and about 12-18 inches wide, image courtesy of Perennials.com.

These are just a few plants that I will be growing in spring and there are more to come. Stay tuned for more information about what we are doing to improve our growing cycles and the ways we are trying to give you, our customers, more of what you need. 

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