By Deb Wiley
They've got original looks, new color schemes and lots of pizzazz. From hundreds of recent introductions, we've selected annuals, perennials and shrubs you'll want to consider planting in your yard.
'Secret' Series Coneflowers
Old-fashioned Echinacea now comes in vibrant shades of red, orange, pink, purple, yellow and white, and in a dazzling array of shapes and sizes. This 'Secret' series has double, anemone-like flowers in sassy colors like the orange-pink blend of 'Secret Desire' and the orange and pink 'Secret Lust,' among others. Zones 4-9. Available at: SoonerPlantFarm.com and TerranovaNurseries.com.
Starlite Prairieblues Baptisia
Jim Ault, a plant breeder at the Chicago Botanic Garden, endowed native baptisias with wonderful new colors like these periwinkle blues with a luminous buttercream base that grow 3 feet tall. Plant in full sun and common garden soil- they're not fussy. Zones 4-8.Read More »from 12 Beautiful New Blooming Plants