Perfect Plants for 2019

Each year gardeners scour the new plant market, looking for the perfect plant to add to their landscape. 2019 features some fabulous new ornamentals to enhance your outside space and delicious new vegetables that can be planted now for a summer harvest.

Proven Winners, the #1 plant brand in the country, announced its selections for the best, “must-have” annual, perennial, landscape shrub, flowering shrub, hosta, rose, and hydrangea plant of 2019. Plant selections are based on the following:• Easy to grow

  • Iconic
  • Readily available
  • Outstanding landscape performance

Try out some of these national winners in your ornamental garden this spring!

Best Annual: LEMON CORAL™ SEDUM

Succulents have been trending for a few years now, and this fresh, drought-tolerant, chartreuse sedum is easy to grow, with soft texture and an interesting spiky shape that complements other plants in a container or hanging basket. Plant it in full-to-part sun; enjoy its color and ease of maintenance.

Best Perennial: SUMMERIFIC® ‘BERRY AWESOME’ HIBISCUS

Who doesn’t love giant, long-lasting blooms! The spectacular, ruffled, lavender-pink blossoms of the ‘Berry Awesome’ hibiscus are 7 – 8 inches and attract bees and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun, and place in the back of a pollinator garden because this plant will grow nearly an inch per day to over 4 feet tall!  Blooms last from mid-summer through first frost for a big show.

Best Landscape Shrub: LOW SCAPE MOUND™ ARONIA

If you want a shrub that looks great but requires little maintenance, then this native shrub is for you! Low Scape Mound Aronia (chokeberry) is not a diva and will flourish in sun or part-shade, in wet or dry conditions, and in hot or cold weather. It has beautiful white blooms in the spring that attract pollinators, purple fall fruits for the birds and vivid red fall foliage for your enjoyment.

Best Flowering Shrub: SONIC BLOOM® WEIGELA

Weigela is an old-fashioned favorite you might remember seeing in your grandmother’s garden. The newest version is a re-blooming cultivar with trumpet-shaped flowers popping up from midsummer to first frost. A variety of colors are available, including pink, red and pearl. Plant in full sun and watch the pollinators swarm to your flowers. Easy to grow and deer-resistant, make this weigela a must-have shrub.

Best Hosta: SHADOWLAND® ‘AUTUMN FROST’ HOSTA

Looking for a perennial to liven up a shady spot? Look no further than the ‘Autumn Frost’ hosta. Thick, variegated foliage, in vivid yellow and sea blue in the spring, morphs to creamy white margins in the summer with lavender flowers that attract hummingbirds. Mass plant this colorful hosta in shade for a bright, fresh look.

Best Rose:  AT LAST® Rosa

Yes, you can grow a fragrant, lush tea rose that is disease-resistant and easy to maintain! Add this romantic rose to your garden, and you will enjoy non-stop blooms, in peach-to-orange tones, from late spring to first frost. A vigorous grower, heavily perfumed, with attractive foliage, this is the perfect rose to add near your favorite spot outside where you can enjoy it throughout the growing season.

Best Hydrangea: FIRE LIGHT® HYDRANGEA PANICULATA

This stunning panicle hydrangea blooms in part-to-full sun in the summer and fall, featuring huge white flowers that fade to a pomegranate red as they age. The sturdy stems keep the blooms upright and make excellent cut flowers in bouquets and centerpieces. This is one hydrangea that you can depend upon to grow every year because it is very cold-hardy and will not lose its buds to a late frost as many spring-blooming mopheads do. So, if you have given up on reliable-blooming hydrangeas, try the Fire Light.

If your interest is piqued more by edible plants than by ornamentals, don’t despair, because 2019 features a host of new and improved vegetable varieties that you can still add now for a late summer harvest.

Cherry Tomato, honey-comb Hybrid:

Cherry Tomato ‘Honeycomb’

Burpee Seed is offering a new vining, patio tomato that keeps producing all growing season. Vines grow 6 -7 feet long, with clusters of fruit 12-15 inches long. The flavorful, bite-sized fruit is golden-orange, with a taste reminiscent of honey. You can buy seeds or starter plants that will give you a jump on your harvest. Go to burpee.com.

Zucchini Spineless Perfection:

This new hybrid variety has greater disease-resistance than the popular Spineless Beauty but maintains the same delicious flavor. Fast (40 days to harvest) and easy to grow and easy to harvest, this summer squash is perfect when used to make zucchini bread, zucchini noodles or sautéed or roasted on the grill. To purchase seeds, go to parkseed.com.

Sweet Pepper, Slovana Hybrid:

Sweet Pepper ‘Slovana Hybrid’

If you love peppers and want a non-stop harvest of neon-golden, sweet fruit, this ‘Slovana’ pepper is for you. A compact grower, it works well for the gardener with limited space and also grows well in containers. The ripe fruit has a delicate sweetness and is enjoyed either fresh from the garden or roasted. To purchase, go to burpee.com.

Sieva Carolina Butter Beans

This heirloom butter bean ( also called lima bean) from the 19th century was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson and prized for its exceptional flavor and its prolific harvest. A fast-growing pole bean that harvests in 65-80 days, Sieva Carolina butter beans are cold-resistant and produce through the first frost.

What are you waiting for? Get to your favorite nursery or online plant site to order some of these new and spectacular plants for your garden!  

 

Bonnie Helander

I am a writer and blogger with a specialty in gardening and a proud graduate of the University Of Georgia. I live in Peachtree City with husband, Dan, and enjoy hiking, gardening, being a member of the Peachtree City Garden Club and rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs!

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