I’m like any other gardener that’s interested in new selections offered each spring and when I attended the Sneak Peek of the new President’s Choice plants for this year, the frenzy factor was high in the room.
I can’t cover them all, but will tell you about my favourites and when the garden edition of the Insider’s Report starts on May 10, you can see everything for yourself at a Superstore, Loblaws or Zehrs.
To start, a few annuals that caught my eye. Verbena Lanai Twister Purple has an inner ring of purple that fades to a light pinkish purple; a colour combo not seen before in a verbena. If purple is not your colour, there’s also Red Twister.
Purple TwisterMidi Dark Fireball Gerbera is a stunning bright orange with a yellow centre; add this to a container planting and it will add a punch of colour.
Giant Calliope Geraniums give you a head start with their large size and the new colour this year is lavender rose; a romantic colour I was smitten with.
Ever thought about growing your own figs? Now you can with a Canadian hardy fig tree that can be planted outside over winter and will shoot back up to refruit each year. The roots are hardy to zone 4 and the upper growth to zone 6 and if planted in a protected area, good results can be expected. The trees grow 2.5-3 m tall and will produce figs the first year since they fruit on new wood. If the fig tree is planted in a container, it can be brought inside for the winter.
Hostas and heucheras; collector plants for many. Heuchera Amber Lady is a PC exclusive from Walters Gardens in Michigan and the photo in the Insider’s Report doesn’t do this lady justice. She’s beautiful, the colour of an orange marmalade sunset.
Echinacea Butterfly Kisses is such a sweet name for a new shorter plant that will reach 45 cm and it has sturdy upright stems.
Campanula Purple Get Mee (featured here) is flowering already and will do so off and on all summer. A Fairytale selection from Sunrise Green houses, the deep purple is spectacular with chartreuse and lavender plants.
I’ve merely touched the tip of the iceberg with the plants offered by PC this spring, there are many more exciting plants. (As a garden writer, I don't receive money for promoting these plants, but some of the plants themselves to review, trial and feature if I like them.)