Look What's Blooming in Spring! - All New Bulbs & Perennials for Fall Planting 2017!
New Flower Bulbs & Perennials for Fall 2017
We have over 60 new bulbs, perennials, mixes and collections for your consideration this fall. Which will make their way into your spring garden? Let's find out!
This fall, we are delighted to introduce four luscious new peonies! Like the dramatic peony Sword Dance above, Moon of Nippon is a semi-double flower form known as a Japanese style peony with enormous "guard" petals framing a fluffy golden yellow center for an elegant departure from more familiar peony forms. The flowers are exceptionally large, but without a zillion petals to catch and hold rain fall, the stems are more than sturdy enough to support the many blooms without staking! Myrtle Gentry is a more familiar form for peonies - and this may well be the most fragrant peony of all - just like a tea rose! With lovely fragrance and glorious color, these peonies will be outstanding in your garden for 75+ years! Hardy zones 3-8.
Reblooming Bearded Iris
This fall has seen an abundance of new varieties of reblooming bearded iris - many of them with a sweet and intoxicating fragrance! Like the exquisite October Splendor pictured above, these nine new irises produce glorious coloring including peachy pinks, sunny yellow, luxurious violet, mahogany, rich red, fetching bicolors and deepest, darkest purple that appears nearly black! Like the rest of our reblooming bearded iris, the new introductions bloom both spring and fall, and often in between! Highly resistant to deer and rabbits, drought tolerant, easy to grow and quite attractive to butterflies! Hardy zones 3-10.
I dearly love the many flower forms and whimsical forms of allium. This fall, we have introduced 2 new individual varieties like the striking and extremely versatile Aflatunense Purple Sensation above. We also have 3 new mixes to fill your garden and patio with sizzling color combinations and jazzy flower forms this summer. To the left, you see our new mix of allium pulchellum and flavum. The blooms are just extraordinary, looking like sparkling fireworks! I hope to offer these varieties individually in the future - if customers like this mix enough, we will!
All allium are very attractive to butterflies, and highly resistant to deer and butterflies. There are gorgeous varieties of allium hardy in every climate zones 3-11.
We have 3 new tulips this season, and though all are lovely, it is the dynamic Pinocchio though all are lovely, it is the dynamic Pinocchio (shown here with anemone blanda blue for a striking patriotic display) that really has captured my fancy. This charming little species tulip produces jazzy red and white flowers that last longer than classic tulips, and they repeat bloom from one spring to the next with much greater staying power. Framed by foliage that is heavily spotted and spattered with mahogany. Perfect for spring garden, filling window sills, rock gardens and patio containers, tulip Pinocchio packs quite a visual punch in a petite package! Hardy zones 3-9.
Astilbe are such strong performers in the shady garden, that they are often slighted as simply "garden staples". While this widespread recognition of their easy care nature and impressive reliability is great, what a shame to overlook their intriguing beauty simply because it is so dependable! With fluffy, feathery plumes that hold their color and form well even when dried on the plant or in a vase, astilbe often appear to bloom for 5-6 months a year! Go ahead and let those dried blooms remain on the plant to enliven your shady garden.
Highly attractive to butterflies, the delicate blooms are held well above lacy foliage for an airy look. The snowy white blooms of astilbe Deutschland is a gorgeous foil for the lilac blooms of Maggie Daley. Hardy zones 4-9.
SucculentsSucculents have taken the world by storm! A dizzying array of vibrant colors, fascinating forms and extraordinary textures are matched by the versatility with which they can be used in the home or garden. This vast collection of plants has evolved in hot, dry climates to store water in special structures in their leaves, stems and roots. This adaptation of storing water for later use enables succulent plants to thrive even when water is scarce.
Colorful succulents are the stars of so many fun and fabulous DIY projects, we have put together succulent mixes to help you play! Offered in sets of 4, 12 and 20 and in the 2-inch and the 4-inch pot size, these are the raw materials for your next decorating success! Hardy zones 9-11, but happy wintering indoors in colder climates.
Succulent Celfie Vases
Speaking of succulents - one of my favorite conversations! - we are delighted to add these new additions to our popular series of succulents in the fetching ceramic celfie face vases - now in ebony and caramel! Simply slide a succulent into the vase, and it takes on so much character and whimsy with these stylish pots. True horte couture! Enjoy yours with the succulent it comes with, or change it out with other succulents you have, or change it up with miniature roses or variegated ivy. Much more fun than we used to have playing Barbies! :) These succulent selfie vases make a charming gift for just about anyone - and our gift to you? They come with free shipping!
Tillandsia Air Plants
Don't you just love tillandsia? We do too! The extraordinary diversity of shape, texture and size is amazing, and when they bloom, the colors are incredible! And what fun to have plants that don't need to be planted. The ways to display your tillandsia air plants are limited only by your imagination! Whether you mean to display them in a terrarium, a plaque or hanging with or without a vase - tillandsia make an incredible statement!
We now have mixed tillandsia air plant collections available for you in packs of 5 plants and10. Enjoy! Hardy zones 10-11, air plants happily winter indoors, or stay their year round!
Bulb Collections and Mixes
Fall 2017 sees the introduction of more of the mixes, collections and cross category combos that you have been asking for. So often, the full charm of a particular variety is most fully demonstrated in contrast and compliment with another that is quite different. Together, these little white muscari play off the daisy-like blooms of the anemone blanda blue for an even more appealing splash of color than either forms on its own. Synergy! Our cross category collections vary in their hardiness, but the listed zones are for the collection.
How is that for a "brief" introduction to our new flowering bulbs, perennials and collections for fall 20217? I feel like I have barely scratched the surface! Click here to see all of our 60+ new items for fall planting. I would love to learn what your favorites are, if you would leave a comment? :) Ensure yourbeautiful spring garden with fall planting!
- Kathleen McCarthy