Top 10 New Perennial Plants for Spring 2017

High Country Gardens names prairie phlox, a yucca plant, and an ice plant among its favorite new perennial plants.

| Spring 2017

  • Blue Boa Hummingbird Mint (Agastache Blue Boa) is a stunning new hybrid that blooms for many months from mid to late summer, with showy spikes of deep violet-blue flowers.
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  • Engelmann’s Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia) is a tough, colorful native plant that blooms all summer.
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  • Gentle Giant Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) is an especially large-growing selection of the western native E. umbellatum.
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  • Lavender is one of the most dependable flowering perennials in the garden. The Long Blooming Lavender Collection delivers beautiful lavender blossoms from late spring through fall with a carefully selected assortment of fragrant and hardy English and French hybrid varieties.
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  • New Jersey Tea Plant (Ceonothus americanus) has luxuriant glossy leaves and bright white flowers that make this durable shrub a real winner in the landscape.
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  • Prairie Phlox (Phlox villosissima) blooms in late spring with hundreds of fragrant, bright pink flowers.
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  • The High Country Gardens 2017 Plant of the Year is Straight Up Red Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), an exclusive introduction that introduces the reddest flower color to ever grace a Texas Yucca.
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  • Texas Blazing Star (Liatris mucronata) is a large, showy perennial that blooms in late summer to attract numerous butterflies to its nectar-rich lavender-pink flowers.
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  • A miniature gem that’s native to South Africa, Tufted Ice Plant (Delosperma sphalmanthoides) is a fabulous cold-hardy succulent for use in rock gardens and containers.
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  • White Prairie Clover (Dalea candida) is a wonderful prairie wildflower that boasts showy white flowers in the summertime.
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High Country Gardens was established in 1993, and has been a reputable online source for beautiful plants for more than two decades. It is a division of American Meadows, an online retailer of wildflower seeds, perennial plants, flower bulbs, and vegetable seeds. Check out their website, www.AmericanMeadows.com.

Each spring and fall, High Country Gardens introduces new award-winning plant varieties. Following are this year’s top new perennial plants for spring. All of them, along with hundreds of other perennial favorites, can be ordered online, at www.HighCountryGardens.com, where you’ll also find more information and shipping schedules.

Blue Boa Hummingbird Mint

Blue Boa Hummingbird Mint (Agastache Blue Boa) is a stunning new hybrid that blooms for many months from mid to late summer, with showy spikes of deep violet-blue flowers. This perennial plant is a stiffly upright grower, with large green leaves that grow best in fast-draining soil and average moisture levels. It’s not a xeric species, so it needs regular watering. The fragrant flowers of this variety attract butterflies, but the plants are resistant to deer and rabbits. Leave the stems in place over the winter months to improve the plant’s cold hardiness.



Zones: 5 through 8
Light Requirements: Full sun
Planting Time: Spring/summer
Mature Height: 30 to 36 inches
Mature Spread: 15 to 18 inches

Engelmann's Daisy

Engelmann's Daisy (Englemannia peristenia) is a tough, colorful native plant that blooms all summer. Its bouquets of bright yellow daisies start in late spring and continue throughout the heat of summer. The nectar-rich flowers are especially attractive to butterflies and bees. This wildflower is native across the western Great Plains into Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado, and it's extremely adaptable and resilient. Engelmann’s Daisy grows well in all types of soil, including clay. It's easy to grow and will re-seed itself gently, like blue flax, when happy in its garden home. It's also deer and rabbit resistant.






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