During our spring open house a couple of weeks ago, I  spoke about  some of the new perennials for 2013.  For those who couldn’t make it out to the event, here’s the list and some information about them.

Agastache ‘Tango’ – Hyssop – I’m a big fan of the various types of hyssop, so talking about this new variety was a given.  This variety has beautiful apricot to orange flowers on 18-24″ stems that hummingbirds love!  Foliage is licorice-scented and blue green.  All Agastache species prefer well-drained soils, if the soil is too heavy they will often not survive the winter. 

Allium ‘Millenium’ – Ornamental Onion – Most people are familiar with the large globe-flowered Alliums that bloom in late May to early June.  ‘Millenium’ has purple flowers slightly smaller than a golf ball starting in July and lasting through much of August.  Flowering stems reach about 18″ tall, slightly higher than the 15″ foliage.  The foliage looks just like garlic chives, and gets a nice yellow fall color.  This ornamental onion makes a nice clump about 20″ wide and is well-behaved, I have yet to see any stray seedlings.

Dicentra spectablis ‘Goldheart’ – Bleeding Heart – Take an old-fashioned bleeding heart and make the foliage shockingly bright gold and you have ‘Goldheart’.  It’s a great variety for lightening up shaded areas and is a great accent with dark colored hostas and ferns.  Flowers and habit are the same as the old-fashioned pink form, but ‘Goldheart’ doesn’t go dormant mid-summer as readily. 

Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’ – Spurge – ‘Ascot Rainbow’ is a great variety of spurge for foliage color.  Variegated foliage emerges with pink tones.  This Euphorbia needs very well drained soil to overwinter.  It reaches about 15″ tall and wide.  I use this in containers for filler and foliage color.  It holds up well all summer and into late fall.

 Iberis ‘Absolutely Amethyst’ – Candytuft – ‘Absolutely Amethyst’ is a new variety from Proven Winners with gorgeous amethyst purple flowers in spring.  It’s a heavy blooming variety and the flowers typically last a long time.  Foliage is dark, glossy, and evergreen.

Kniphoffia Popsicle Series ‘Mango Popsicle’ & ‘Papaya Popsicle’ – Red Hot Poker – The Popsicle Series of Poker plants is a new series of compact free blooming varieties.  They are around 15-18″ tall and wide and will start blooming in July and continue to bloom through the summer.  ‘Mango Popsicle’ has golden mango colored flowers.  ‘Papaya Popsicle’ has coral colored flowers with yellow highlights.  They prefer well drained soils, and if it’s too wet in winter they may not overwinter well. 

 Penstemon barbatus Riding Hood Series ‘Delft Blue’, ‘Blue’, & ‘Red’ – Beardtongue – These fantastic Penstemon varieties will start blooming in June and continue into September.  Average soil is fine as long as it isn’t wet.  Hummingbirds love Penstemon in general, but they especially like the red varieties.  Flowers are on 18-24″ stems.

Peony ‘Sequestered Sunshine’ – Intersectional Peony – The Itoh or Intersectional peonies are hybrids between the woody tree peonies and the classic herbaceous peonies.  The foliage and flowers look like tree peony foliage but the plants are herbaceous and die back to the ground every year.  They are very sturdy and do not flop and the flowers can last a long time.  ‘Sequestered Sunshine’ has semi-double yellow flowers.

Phlox Paparazzi Series ‘Miley’ – The Paparazzi series of Phlox is a  new hybrid series of creeping phlox that  flowers for a long time.  ‘Miley’ reaches 8″ tall and 12″ wide and has lavender flowers.  The foliage is glossy green and broader than most creeping phlox.  ‘Miley’ is hardy to zone 5.

Verbena ‘Snowflurry’ – This perennial verbena is a blooming machine!  White flower clusters are held on 12″ stems from late spring through most of the summer.  The plant will spread to be about 24″ wide.  Hardy to zone 5 and will self seed a little bit as well.