It's a sneak peek into the spring! At Pleasant View Gardens and Greenhouses in NH, they grow all of the Proven Winners collections. These are many of the same plants you'll see in garden centers in spring. We get a sneak peek into the new ones for 2011.
This is a new coleus, called "Dirty Martini". It doesn't look like a coleus because it has an oak leaf shaped leaf which is kind of a cool. It's a beautiful plant to put in a container or in the ground. Like a lot of the new coleuses, this one is tolerant of the sun. So even though it's in the shade in this garden, if you have a spot that has part sun it will do okay and have this color right through the summer.
This variety is what I think of as more traditionally being a coleus. It's called "Spitfire" and beautiful green tinges on the burgundy colored leaves. It will get kind of big, so you're going to have to cut it back at little bit to keep it within bounds. Again, this is another one that is sun tolerant and does really well in the shade.
If you want some annual flowers for full sun a lot of people grow red salvias. It's a traditional plant and people have been growing them for years. But one of the problems with red salvia is that when the flowers start dying off, they get brown and ugly. You can deadhead them, but who wants to work?
To remedy the problem there's a new red salvia called 'Lighthouse Red' that you never have to deadhead. The plant just grows right over the old flowers so the dead flowers are tucked inside and hidden. The new flowers just keep growing on top of it and you never have to do any kind of pruning. This variety produces flowers all summer long, right into the fall.
By Charlie Nardozzi
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