- UpTick Coreopsis
This bold, hardy, and durable perennial has been noted by the LSU AgCenter for its bulletproof character and larger blooms in a range of colors that attract butterflies. Longer bloom periods and better resistance to moisture-related disease than older varieties.
- Ragin Cajun Ruellia
With a name like that, you know it’s made for the Deep South! Totally unlike the Mexican Petunia with which it shares a genus, this plant stays in its place in the garden, but shares many other characteristics, such as its vigor, extended bloom time, and immunity to disease. Use as a groundcover or trailing plant. Hummingbirds love it!!
We feel like people are never excited enough about Gaura. It comes in dazzling pinks and fuschia blends, but a favorite is the old-fashioned white “Whirling Butterflies”. The flowers on long, hair-thin stems look like tiny butterflies hovering above the garden. The white also seems to be a more reliable perennial. For those who want a more compact plant, try the new Belleza series (12-18” tall).
- Homestead Red Verbena
Verbena are ubiquitous in the spring garden center, but it is known by a few that many varieties will fade well before fall. Those who are fortunate enough to end up with a Homestead Purple Verbena, however, will likely have that plant for years and years. Its toughness is legendary. The only problem? Homestead Purple only comes in, well, purple. We introduce to you, Homestead Red.
- Lucky Pentas
There are nothing new about Pentas. Their toughness to both moisture and drought and their ever-blooming nature are known. They are very attractive to butterflies, but insect pests rarely touch it. Other annuals have showier blooms, but none survive through all Mother Nature can offer, and few are still blooming come Christmas, save Pentas. The dwarf varieties, however, do not rebloom as quickly as the tall types. See the Lucky series, the dwarf Penta that is faster to rebloom than any other. In a mass, the color display will truly be non-stop.
- Coral Knock Out/White Knock Out
Knock out roses are known for their vigor. They are in fact the best-selling plant of all-time, with worldwide totals nearing 100 million. How many times have we been asked if they come in colors other than Red or Pink? Now, we finally have an answer that gardeners will like. We have high hopes that the new Coral and White Knock Outs live up to their legendary family name.
- Purple Daydream Loropetalum
Loropetalums are beautiful, with neon-pink blooms and brilliant purple foliage. The only problem has been that the healthy ones get huge, and any attempt at a true dwarf has been weak and sparse. Purple Daydream matures at 3 feet tall by 4 feet wide, and has been extensively tested in challenging conditions. It will remain full and densely-foliated while maintain a truly compact shape without the help of a monthly shearing.
- Scarlet’s Peak Holly
This holly has actually been on the market for a couple of years, but has not really caught on with our gardeners. It needs to. Growing 20 feet tall by only 3 feet wide, it is the perfect substitute for Italian Cypress or Sky Pencil Holly. Unlike those other two, this holly is not fussy about soil. A type of native yaupon, heavy clay and occasional flooding are no problem for Scarlet’s Peak. If a strong vertical accent is needed, stop fighting the root rots and insect infestations of Italian Cypress. Plant a Scarlet’s Peak Holly that will last a lifetime.
- Dwarf Japanese Cedar
Most garden conifers are from alpine climates and like cold, dry regions. For those who want to soft texture of a needle-bearing plant, or anyone wanting to create an Asian-themed garden, or even anyone simply wanting an informal, carefree accent plant, try Dwarf Japanese Cedar, aka Cryptomeria globosa nana. For two years, this little workhorse has endured two years of biblical spring and summer rains with nary a brown needle or the smallest sign of fungus. Dwarf Japanese Cedar is THE garden conifer for the Coastal South.
- Soft Caress Mahonia/Indigo Flair Mahonia
This shade-loving evergreen is graceful, wispy, ethereal, yet maintains a tidy habit of 3-4 feet tall and wide. Fernlike lacy foliage is truly evergreen. If your shady north side is TOO shady for dwarf Azaleas or Camellias to perform, try Soft Caress or Indigo Flair Mahonia. Indigo Flair has a touch darker green to the leaves; otherwise, they can be used interchangeably.
Get the look of a European balcony with geraniums! These have been a gardener’s favorite for well over a century, and is the old fashion standard for beds, borders and containers. They like partial sun to partial shade, mature to 3’x3’ and bloom repeatedly in a variety of colors!
- Dwarf Snapdragons
Dwarf snapdragons are elegant, and boast a long-season display of showy blooms that stay low. They are perfect in beds, borders and containers. They love full sun, mature to 6-10’’ and bloom from early spring to fall in a variety of colors attracting butterflies. Another positive is they are heat-tolerant for our hot summers. Their taller cousins are to be enjoyed now, too!
These bright beauties attract butterflies in droves to your garden. With so many colors to select from, your garden can be a rainbow or an eye-catching mass planting of a bright pink. Petunias are one of the most popular flowers, and love full sun, blooming repeatedly.
Alyssum is a low-growing small bloom that blooms in an abundance of clusters over a long season. Some varieties are even fragrant, offering a sweet smell when you pass them. The light tones, like white, pink and purple, look great as a border or in a container as a spiller feature. They thrive in full to part sun, grow fast and blooms from spring through fall.
- Gerbera Daisy
Gerbera Daises bloom in nearly every color and produce fantastically large flowers on long, thick, sturdy stems. They make excellent cut flower arrangements, and last for about a week or more in a vase. They love full sun, bloom repeatedly and look ideal in containers.
- Getty White Agapanthus
Just like the average blue/purple color agapanthus, these, however boast a white bloom! The flowers flair out from the top of the stem with white trumpet scented flowers evolving into a beautiful globe shape. It does best in full/partial sun and matures to 48’’ x 18’’ wide. It blooms in spring, summer and early fall attracting both bees and butterflies. It is also an evergreen plant with strappy foliage.
- Carolina Jasmine
Profuse, fragrant yellow flowers blooms in early Spring above the glossy dark green foliage of this twining evergreen vine. It loves full/partial sun, and climbs a structure.
- Fudingzhu Sweet Olive
This new cultivar of Sweet Olive is remarkable for its large, fragrant bloom clusters. It flowers so heavily that the blossoms totally encircle the branches, and the leaves seem to emerge from the large bunches of white fragrant flowers. “Fudingzhu” translates to “Pearls on Buddha’s head.” It enjoys full sun to part shade and matures to 4’x3’ with a slow growth habit.
- Sunshine Ligustrum
This is an ideal low-growing hedge for the landscape. It offers year-round golden foliage that flourishes in full sun. It is a non-invasive, non-bloomer, which is great for allergy sufferers! It matures to 3-4’ x3-4’ and boasts its showy, evergreen foliage.
Whether grown in containers or in the ground, used a specimen plants or as partners in a combination, these multicolored beauties perform like nothing else in the garden! The love shade too, so are ideal color for the spots that get infrequent sun. They grow quickly, prefer moist soil and grown for the array of interesting foliage.