New perennials introduced for 2012

Plant breeders are listening to growers and gardeners, who are asking for low input, drought-tolerant plants that look great. There are some exciting new additions to this year's line up of new plant introductions, including some lovely low-water annuals and tough perennials that perform well all summer.

Look for these plants, and others like them, at your local member garden centre this spring. Keep in mind that plants are a living commodity, and availability depends on more than weather and growing environment. Knowledgeable garden centre staff will be able to suggest similar varieties should the specific one you are searching for be temporarily unavailable.


Pretty Lady Japanese anemone series
Anemone hupehensis Pretty Lady series
Fall-flowering series of Japanese anemones distinguish themselves with an excellent dwarf habit that is naturally compact. They also have amazing flower power with showy masses of large 5 cm (2 in.) single or double pink blooms. 'Pretty Lady Diana' has single pink flowers and 'Pretty Lady Emily' blooms with double light pink flowers. Full sun to part shade. Hardy in Zone 6. In the garden, plants grow to 40 cm (16 in.) tall and 60 cm (24 in.) wide. Blooms of Bressingham, Valleybrook
Decadence™ false indigo
Baptisia Decadence™ series
Decadence™ Baptisias were selected specifically for their shorter, more compact habit and unique flower colour. 'Blueberry Sundae' has vibrant indigo flowers. 'Cherries Jubliee' has beautiful maroon and yellow flowers held on strong scapes above the foliage. 'Dutch Chocolate' has rich velvety chocolate-purple flowers and 'Lemon Meringue' has lemon yellow flowers and is a vigorous grower compared with other yellow Baptisias. Zone 5. 75-90 cm (2.5-3 ft.) tall. Walters Gardens
'Summer Time Blues' bellflower
Campanula 'Summer Time Blues'
The breeder claims 'Summer Time Blues' is the longest blooming Campanula, with masses of silvery-blue flowers on 60 cm (2 ft.) stems all spring, summer and fall. It has a clumping habit and just gets better every year. Zone 4. Full Sun. Valleybrook
'Sweet Marmalade' tickseed
Coreopsis verticillata 'Sweet Marmalade'
The stunning flowers of this variety open deep orange, and mellow to soft apricot yellow through the season. Bushy mounds of mid-green, narrow, linear foliage. Blooms summer into early autumn. Tidy habit works beautifully in garden or container. It's happiest in full sun and in porous, well-drained soil. Zone 6. Grows 30 cm (12 in.) tall and 35 cm (18 in.) wide. Blooms of Bressingham
'Fire Spinner' delosperma
Delosperma 'Fire Spinner'
In bloom, Delosperma offers a shocking colour combination. Apple-green foliage makes a glistening carpet, covered with masses of orange and magenta-pink blooms in spring. Will flower sporadically through the summer. Grows to 7 cm (3 in.) tall. Best in sun to part shade. Zone 5. Paridon Horticultural, Valleybrook
Double Scoop™ coneflower
Echinacea purpurea Double Scoop™
The double flower form of the Double Scoop™ series of Echinacea from Darwin Perennials will catch your eye in the garden. Very hardy, well-branched plants will flourish in the summer months. The series has clean foliage and brilliantly coloured blooms. Grows 75 cm (30 in.) wide and 70 cm (28 in.) tall. Available in 'Bubble Gum', 'Orangeberry' and 'Raspberry'. Zone 6. Ball Horticultural
'Quills and Thrills' coneflower
Echinacea 'Quills and Thrills'
Huge flowers with light purple-pink quilled rays. This novelty is a super performer in the garden or vase. Tons of long-lasting flowers. Zone 5. Grows 55 cm (22 in.) tall and 65 cm (26 in.) wide. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Secret Pride' coneflower
Echinacea purpurea 'Secret Pride'
Charming, double-white flowers are kissed with butter at their petal tips. Fragrant flowers stand out against dark-green foliage. Zone 5. Grows 50 cm (20 in.) tall and 75 cm (30 in.) wide. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Red Sun' blanket flower
Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Red Sun'
Broad petalled 'suns' of hot orange-red float over the mounding foliage of this blanket flower. The breeder claims 'Red Sun' features the best habit and flower count on the market. Tolerant of poor soil and hot sun. Zone 4. Grows 25 cm (10 in.) tall and 50 cm (20 in.) wide. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Summer Pink' false sunflower
Heliopsis 'Summer Pink'
Dark red stems and pink foliage with purple veins ... and yellow flowers all summer long. Heliopsis prefer full sun and are drought tolerant once established. Zone 4. Grows 55-65 cm (22-26 in.) tall. Valleybrook
'Tuscan Sun' false sunflower
Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun'
This beautiful and carefree native cultivar offers a more compact habit and good disease resistance compared to other varieties of Heliopsis. Bright golden yellow, daisy-like flowers with an orange-gold button centre are produced on strong stems from mid- through late summer atop the deep green foliage. Zone 4. Grows 60 cm (24 in.) tall and 50 cm (20 in.) wide. Walters Gardens
'Peppermint Ice' hellebore
Helleborus 'Peppermint Ice'
Careful breeding resulted in this beauty. 'Peppermint Ice' has double light-pink blooms with darker rose picotee edges. Leathery, evergreen foliage is an added bonus for the shade garden. Grows 50-60 cm (20-24 in.) tall. Zone 4. Valleybrook
Rose Quartz double Lenten rose
Helleborus Rose Quartz
This double strain has every white petal edged in rose. The first picotee-edged double hellebore. One of Terra Nova's Winter Jewel's strain. Zone 6. Grows 30 cm (12 in.) tall and 60 cm (24 in.) wide. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Berry Smoothie' heuchera
Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'
A blend of heat-loving H. villosa and cold-tolerant H. americana. 'Berry Smoothie' shows a beautiful rose-pink colour all season long. Nice purple-white flowers in summer. Grow in sun to partial shade. Zone 4. Paridon Horticultural
'Cajun Fire' coral bells
Heuchera 'Cajun Fire'
This plant changes colour with the seasons; red in spring, black in summer and maroon in fall. They are always attractive, having clean foliage in rounded mounds. White flowers on dark stems hover above the foliage. Zone 5. Grows 22 cm (9 in.) tall and spreads 35 cm (14 in.). Terra Nova Nurseries
'Solar Eclipse' heucherella foamy bells
Heucherella 'Solar Eclipse'
Leaves of red brown bordered in lime green, combined with a beautiful habit and broadly scalloped leaf lobes. Can be grown in full sun. Zone 5. Grows 25 cm (10 in.) tall and 35 cm (16 in.) wide. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Stainless Steel' coral bells
Heuchera 'Stainless Steel'
Metallic silver-green foliage with purple veins and eggplant-purple undersides, the early spring foliage is almost pure silver. In late spring, sports large white flowers on chocolate brown stalks. Zone 4. Grows to 30 cm (12 in.) tall. Part shade. Paridon Horticultural
'Tie Dye' rose mallow
Hibiscus 'Tie Dye'
'Tie Dye' is an improved bicolour selection with huge 20-25 cm (8-10 in.) flowers. Showy ruffled, bright pink and white pinwheel flowers with a cherry red eye. Indeterminate bloomer. Zone 5. Grows 120 cm (4 ft.) tall. Walters Gardens
'Hudson Bay' hosta
Hosta 'Hudson Bay'
An improved 'Eskimo Pie' with wider, brighter blue margins and apple green jetting contrast nicely with the creamy white centre all season. Zone 4. Grows 60 cm (24 in.) tall. Walters Gardens
'Anaconda Love' German iris
Iris 'Anaconda Love'
Flowers are an unusual ruffled pink-beetroot purple bi-tone, overlaid with silvery streaks and blotches, and slightly fragrant. Grows 60 cm (24 in.) tall and blooms in early spring. An award-winner. Zone 4. Paridon Horticultural
'Bottle Rocket' ligularia
Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket'
A more compact version of 'Little Rocket.' A perfectly proportional plant with a dense clump of thicker, serrated leaves and mustard yellow flower spikes held on chocolate stems just above the foliage. Zone 5. Grows 70 cm (28 in.) tall. Walters Gardens
'Double Stuff' variegated Solomon's seal
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum 'Double Stuff'
This variegated Solomon's seal has double the white margin, making it a new classic beauty for the woodland or shade garden. Each arching red stem carries large leaves with broad white margins and green centres. Zone 4. Grows 65 cm (26 in.) tall and 40 cm (16 in.) wide. Photo: William Lamack. Terra Nova Nurseries
'Razzleberry' stonecrop
Sedum 'Razzleberry'
Giant 22 cm (9 in.) flower heads are the size of volleyballs. Flower colour is brilliant raspberry and visible from 90 meters away. Earlier blooming than most other Sedums, 'Razzleberry' is ultra-compact, with 17.5 cm (7 in.) tall smoky blue-gray foliage. Blooms early summer until fall. Zone 4. Paridon Horticultural
'Blue Bomb' veronica
Veronica 'Blue Bomb'
Uniquely branched flower plumes similar to an astilbe, the flowers open from the bottom to the top resulting in an exceptionally long bloom time. Compact dark green foliage. Grows to 45 cm (18 in.) tall. Sun to partial shade. Zone 4. Paridon Horticultural