If you’re like most avid gardeners, you’ve probably already been out rooting around in your garden making plans on how to make this year’s garden better than ever. These plans often include adding a few new specimens. At this time of the year, many new and exciting plants are starting to make their way onto our benches. To help you along in your search for that perfect plant, take a look at a few plants that we’re excited about. Watch for them to make their appearance this season at Canadale Nurseries – Ontario’s Favourite Garden Centre!
2016 Perennial of the Year: Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’
Every year the Perennial Plant Association honours one perennial with outstanding qualities to be its perennial of the year. For 2016, they went way back in history and chose a plant that was first introduced 158 years ago – Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’. As you would expect, a variety introduced in 1858 and being honoured in 2016, must be one outstanding perennial. This reliable and showy Japanese (autumn) Anemone will brighten up any semi-shaded garden from September to October, a time when there are usually few plants still in bloom. This heirloom selection features large, white single blossoms on tall stems. It does best in rich loam soils but is quite adaptable. Hardy to zone 5.
2016 Hosta of the Year: Hosta ‘Curly Fries’
The 2016 Hosta of the Year as chosen by the AHGA (American Hosta Growers Association). Hosta are well known as some of the best performing perennials for shady gardens. However, not everyone has room for the big leafed monsters, hence the growing popularity of smaller (miniature) varieties. Perhaps that is why ‘Curly Fries’ was awarded the 2016 honour. Or perhaps it was because it is one of the most unique varieties around. Stiff, long narrow leaves with heavily ruffled edges emerge chartreuse and brighten to yellow, especially if provided with sun for half the day. Lavender flowers in midsummer add extra colour, as do the red speckles on mature leaf petioles. Fantastic in smaller containers, or perhaps in front of that bright blue hosta in your border.
Remember when you shop at your favourite garden center this spring that whatever else you order, you’ll want some ‘Curly Fries’ with that! Zone 3
There has been an explosion of new coralbells in recent years with many new varieties being introduced. This year is no exception. One variety that has caught our attention is Heuchera Champagne. This hybrid Coral Bell selection is a terrific choice for adding a touch of colour towards the front of a border. The leaves are medium-sized and change from peach to gold to champagne-gold over the season and feature a strong white veil overlay. Free-flowering maroon stems with light peach flowers most of the season. Protect from hot afternoon sun to prevent leaf scorch. Hardy to zone 5.
Seriously? This unusual selection of clematis is not a vining plant like most other clematis. Instead ‘Serious Black’ Clematis has a sprawling, bushy habit. This plant quickly bursts out of the ground in the spring, with foliage of smoky-purple, nearly black that matures to deep olive green. Plants produce a good display of cloud-like fragrant little ivory flower clusters in late spring to early summer. This clematis may require staking, or plants can be allowed to sprawl through an adjacent shrub or even as a groundcover. Prune to the ground in fall or early spring. Hardy to zone 2.
Another new clematis variety that has caught our attention this year is Clematis ‘Happy Jack’. It’s hard to image that there could be an improvement on the ever popular Jackmannii clematis. Happy Jack sports velvety plum-purple flowers with intriguing center highlights and bright yellow stamens. This early and long-flowering beauty blooms from mid-summer into fall, and is noted for its intense purple flower colour and large (3-5″) blooms. It flowers on new wood and old wood so you simply prune it back to 2 feet each spring. It will grow 6-8’ high. Like all clematis, Happy Jack will do best in full sun to part shade. Hardy to zone 5.
Check out more great perennials at Heritage Perennials.
Annuals are a must for the summer garden. They provide easy, continual colour anywhere in the landscape from large mass plantings to the smallest of containers. This year we found a few new exciting plants that are getting our attention.
A breakthrough colour for bidens, ‘Campfire™ Fireburst’ Bidens bears rich orange and yellow bicolour blooms on compact plants. These delicate looking flowers are a lot tougher than they look. Once established, they will stand up to hot dry conditions in the sunniest locations. It can be used in combination with other medium to high vigour plants such as Supertunia® or grown on its own in hanging baskets and landscapes. This is a sun-loving plant that is heat and drought tolerant once established.
Holy Moly!™ is a funky, fun new Superbells®. With its yellow base colour, Holy Moly!™ is splashed with dark pink on its petals. Known for their abundant flowers, and long bloom time, Superbells® are a must-have for containers and hanging baskets. The trailing habit can grow as long as 24 inches in a hanging basket. Superbells® like to be in well-drained soil for best growing conditions. Fertilize every one to two weeks for best performance.
New Ornamental Plants
Woody ornamental plants (trees, shrubs, evergreens and vines) provide the backbone to any garden, adding structure and interest all year around. Remember, we enjoy our gardens 12 months of the year, so it’s important to include these.
Hydrangea ‘Miss Saori’
You say you don’t have room for another hydrangea in your garden? Well, you might have to make a little more space. This is one you will definitely want front and centre. Bred by one of the most highly respected Hydrangea breeders, and a worthy winner of the coveted Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2014 award! ‘Miss Saori’ Hydrangea is quite unique. Each fully double, white bloom is frosted with a soft rose edge, giving the large rounded flower heads a delicate, frothy appearance. This is the first of a new breed of Hydrangeas that will remain the same colour regardless of your soil type, so you are guaranteed to see these beautiful blooms at their best. The foliage compliments the blooms perfectly, taking on an attractive burgundy hue in spring and autumn that only adds to the appeal of this stunning mophead hydrangea. ‘Miss Saori’ grows 1m high and wide. Hardy to zone 5. Very Limited Supply.
The name says it all! A very showy vine with extremely fragrant yellow flowers, ‘Scentsation’ Honeysuckle blooms from mid-spring to late summer, followed by bright red berries. This floriferous honeysuckle has a very long bloom time, and is a wonderful addition to summer gardens, especially when trained up along a trellis or fence. Honeysuckle is a favourite of hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. This vine can grow 12-15 feet high. It will do best in fun sun and well drained soils. Hardy to zone 4.
‘Everlasting Revolution’ Hydrangea
This is one of the most exciting new hydrangeas to be introduced in recent years. This compact re-blooming variety offers loads of colour over a small shrub. Each blossom lasts for weeks, gradually creating fascinating combinations of light and dark pinks (or blues with a more acid pH) and pale green. In sun to part shade, you’ll enjoy these large, showy flowers all summer. ‘Everlasting Revolution’ Hydrangea is quite hardy and reliable, blooming on both old and new wood. Ideal for a smaller garden space as it only grow 2-3’ high and wide. Revolution enjoys rich moist soil in a sunny area. Hardy to zone 5.
‘Dakota Pinnacle’ Birch
This is a fantastic new introduction from North Dakota with smooth white bark, spire-like columnar habit of growth, quite dense, great for skyline articulation; insect resistant and drought tolerant. ‘Dakota Pinnacle’ Birch has dark green foliage throughout the season, turning yellow in fall. The smooth white bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest. As an added bonus, deer don’t particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. Grows 25 feet high and only 6 feet wide. Very hardy to zone 3.
What is better for year around interest than a commanding evergreen? One of the finest evergreens for screening or windbreak, this upright conifer is versatile, strong-rooted and virtually disease-free. Its uniform shape seldom needs pruning, but responds well to shearing. Fertilize every spring with a high nitrogen fertilizer. Keep it well-watered until ‘Green Giant’ is established. Grows to 30 feet high and 8 feet wide. Hardy to zone 4.
These are just a few of the many new and exciting new plants for 2016. Be sure to stop into Canadale Nurseries to see our entire selection.