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Aunt Molly’s ground cherries. If you know where to look, you'll find these fellows growing wild. They are tasty fruits wrapped in brown paper and often used as garnish, although they are delicious raw, in jams, pies and preserves. Will store for up to four weeks.
Candlefire okra. Not only does this okra defy logic by being red instead of green, it has no ribs like other okra. Still, it has great taste and texture. Red pods appear on red stems. Skyreach tomatoes. What’s new about another tomato? Its stripes. This small fruit is split-resistant and an excellent slicer. Turkish orange egg plant. Add a little novelty to your veggie garden. You can eat this one when it’s still green, but waiting for orange is its own reward.
Bidens ‘Campfire Fireburst’. A short, mounded beauty of gold with orange-topped petals. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall for all lovers of tidy, mounded plants.
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Blue Moon Punch’ will have your garden on trend with the colour of the year. Mauve petals deepening to dark purple with a yellow eye, this is a lovely addition to the potted garden.
Dahlia ‘Dhalightful Crushed Crimson’ is a stunner with dark green, almost black leaves setting off two-
toned burgundy blooms with raised golden centres. Bred to have no tubers, they occasionally produce one or two, so it’s worth the search to see if you can overwinter them. Deadhead to encourage new flowers. Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights Double Moon
Glow’. Just when you thought they had reached the pinnacle of osteospermum plant breeding, along comes this dreamy, semi-double version in cream and lemonyellow. It’s low growing, 10 to 12 inches and mounded. No deadheading required. The only stipulation: no wet feet, please. And fertilize it to keep it coming.
Salvia ‘Rockin' Playin’ the Blues’. The calyx on the spikes of this plant has the lovely habit of remaining dark blue even after the flower petals have fallen off. A magnet for bees, butterflies and hummers, it grows 24 to 36 inches tall. A seasonal trimming will cause the plant to branch out and reward with even more flowers.
Salvia Rockin’ ‘Deep Purple’. If you love salvia ‘Blue and Black’, then you will want to try this version in purple, with its contrasting black calyces. It, too, loves birds, bees and butterflies and will response to trimming with more bushiness and flowers. Fertilize.
Thunbergia ‘Tangerine Slice A-Peel’ doesn’t seem to know when to stop growing. The vines can reach 90 inches in a season. Give them 18 to 24 inches of space to grow in and watch them climb the chain in a hanging plant.
Asclepias ‘Carmine Rose’. Still trying to save the monarch butterfly? Be sure to get this lovely milkweed. It grows three feet tall and the flowers are also lovely in the cutting garden or in dried arrangements. T&T Seeds.
Carex ‘Evercolor Eversheen’. Here is a showstopper carex with its grassy leaves of dark green edging lemonlime leaves. It’s happy in sun and shade and grows just 14 inches tall. It does spread when happy, but very slowly. Plant it next to Carex ‘Banana Boat’, and bring out the lime tones. Both are deer resistant.
Gaillardia ‘Sun Devil’. The charm here is in the ruffled
petals that almost look torn on this bright performer. It doesn’t like clay soils, preferring sandy, well-drained conditions. It’s a clump-growing plant only 10 inches tall.
Goatsbeard ‘Chantilly Lace’. For those of you with small gardens or a yen for small perennials, Chantilly Lace goatsbeard is the perfect answer. It reaches 30 to 32 inches tall. In cooler zones, you can grow it in full sun or if you are deeper south, give it a little afternoon shade. Blooms early to mid summer and best of all, it is deer resistant. Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Double Classic’. Clear peach, semi-double blossoms will enchant the summer garden.
This beauty has won many awards over the years with its fragrant flowers. Plant in sun. Zones 3 to 9. Hemerocallis Rainbow Rhythm ‘Storm Shelter’.
For lovers of the deep-toned daylilies that perform best in sunlight, this smaller daylily will not overtake your garden at just 20 to 24 inches tall and wide, but it has gorgeous two-toned, purple-coloured, five-inch blossoms arising from loose, strappy foliage.
Heuchera ‘Lime Ruffles’. Brilliant lime foliage lights up any corner. This one-inch heuchera will send plumes of white flowers up 24 inches – but you grow it for the glowing leaves.
Hosta ‘White Feather’. From Breck’s, this novelty hosta comes up white in springtime then gradually turns green, starting with the veins and spreading over the leaf. The flowers are mauve. You can eat the hostons (the emerging unfurled leaves). Keep it in the shade. Hydrangea ‘Invincibelle Mini Mauvette’. Available from T&T Seeds. Large mophead flowers in a deep mauve-violet. Blooms on very strong stems starting early summer through fall. Perfectly happy in zone 3, it grows only three feet tall and wide in full sun. Omphalodes cappadocia ‘Starry Eyes’. Brecks always searches out the unusual and beautiful and this is no exception. A mounding plant suitable for the rock garden or planter. Its unappealing common name is navelwort. 12 to 18 inches. Phlox ‘Cloudburst’. A mounded perennial phlox hardy to zone 4. It is 26 to 28 inches tall and blooms most of the summer. Now there’s a winner! Give it lots of air circulation as you tidy gardeners like to do and fertilize it to keep it blooming.
Primula vulgaris ‘Belarina Amethyst Ice’. The early spring garden is the garden that gladdens the heart, and this primula, with its amethyst-blue flowers edged in white, will make you glad to be alive in the early days after the snow melts. It’s fragrant, too. Just seven inches tall, it will bloom for up to four weeks when planted in cool moist soil. Be sure to plant so that the crowns are above the soil. It is hardy zone 4 to 8. Also look for ‘Cobalt Blue’. Rosa Oso Easy ‘Hot Paprika’. We’ve introduced you to Osos Easy roses in the past, but this year vivid orange is hard to come by. Your Paprika rose will bloom and rebloom all summer and grows only 12 to 24 inches tall. Of course it blooms on new wood. Veronica ‘Bi-colour Explosion’. Fat spikes of lavender-colour blossoms rise 24 to 28 inches in bright sunlight. Veronica always charms, adding texture to the garden.
Acer ginnala ‘Atomic’. A shrubby maple growing four to five feet tall and wide. This globe-shaped plant is green in summer turning a brilliant red in fall. Hardy to zone 2. Y
Pea 'Patio Pride'. Candlefire okra.
Turkish orange egg plant.
Aunt Molly’s ground cherries.
Dahlia ‘Dhalightful Crushed Crimson’.
Bidens ‘Campfire Fireburst’.
Salvia ‘Rockin' Playin’ the Blues’.
Osteospermum ‘Bright Lights Double Moon Glow’.
Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Blue Moon Punch’.
Thunbergia ‘Tangerine Slice A-Peel’ .
Salvia ‘Rockin’ Deep Purple’.
Asclepias ‘Carmine Rose’.
Goats beard 'Chantillly Lace'.
Carex ‘Evercolor Eversheen’.
Gaillardia ‘Sun Devil’.
Daylily Rainbow Rhythm ® 'Storm Shelter'.
Heuchera ‘Lime Ruffles’.
Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Double Classic’.
Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’.
Rosa ‘Oso Easy Hot Paprika’.
Hydrangea ‘Invincibelle Mini Mauvette’.
Acer ginnala ‘Atomic’.