Add wow factor to your garden, landscaping and patio with five of our favorite new flowers for spring.
When it comes to gardening, there are no magic fairies or garden gnomes that can help you find success 100 percent of the time. But the judges from All-America Selections — garden experts from across North America — come pretty close.
Each year the judges test new varieties of flowers, vegetables and bedding plants, helping to take the guesswork out of finding the best new plants for your own garden or yard. Here are a few of our favorite flowers for a colorful 2015:
Dianthus, Interspecific Jolt Pink
This brightly colored dianthus has large, showy flower heads on strong stems that perform extremely well all summer long. Jolt is the most heat tolerant dianthus on the market, sporting very showy, bright pink-fringed flowers. Easy to grow, it’s a trouble-free annual for gardeners looking for neat and tidy low-maintenance flower varieties. The blooms last up to four weeks longer than comparison varieties, making it an excellent choice for landscaping. Full sun.
Impatiens Bounce Pink Flame PPAF ‘Balboufink’
Bounce Pink Flame impatiens, with massive amounts of stunning, bright pink bicolor blooms, provides gardeners with shade garden confidence. These plants are completely downy mildew resistant, which means they will last from spring all the way through fall. And caring for impatiens has never been easier — just add water and these plants will “bounce” right back. Sun or shade.
Salvia Summer Jewel White
A third color in the popular Summer Jewel series, white brings a much-needed color to compact salvias. This dwarf-sized, compact plant has a prolific bloom count throughout the summer. As a bonus, the blooms appear almost two weeks earlier than other white salvias. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love the larger flowers, making this a perfect plant for a pollinator garden. Because of the compactness and number of flowers, it is great for large landscaped areas, as well as containers and small beds. Full sun.
Impatiens SunPatiens Spreading Shell Pink
SunPatiens Spreading Shell Pink is a vigorous, spreading plant that keeps its shape all summer and delivers soft pink flowers that never slow down. Strong roots take hold quickly after transplanting, and these low-maintenance impatiens thrive under high heat, rain and humidity. Grows equally well in sun or shade.
Petunia Tidal Wave Red Velour
Tidal Wave Red Velour is a perfect solution for time-crunched gardeners or those looking for care-free petunias. Large flowers cover the vigorously spreading plants and rarely need deadheading because new blooms continuously pop up and cover the old, spent blooms. The deep red, velvety blooms don’t fade, even in the heat of summer. This is an excellent landscape plant that covers a large area quickly and beautifully. Full sun to partial sun.
By Morgan Davis
Photos courtesy of All-America Selections