“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” – Margaret Atwood
What season is as full of anticipation as spring? If you’re anything like the lot of us, I’m sure the sight of those bulbs you planted in the fall breaking through the unassuming ground is giving you the itch to get your hands in the soil. While you start amending your soil and planning this year’s garden, here’s a breakdown of some of the new plant varieties we’re looking forward to at Southview this year!
More choices make for harder decision-making, but variety is the spice of life, isn’t it? This year, look for new varieties of Polka Dot Plant, Black-eyed Susan vine, gaura, and more Rieger begonias. Our selection of ever-popular succulents continues to grow, and we’re looking forward to bringing in a selection of tropical houseplants! Also, keep an eye out for herbs grown in eco-friendly biodegradable coir fibre pots!
Invincibelle Dwarf Annabelle Hydrangeas
This is really exciting – we all know to reliability and versatility of the classic ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea, and we’ll now have them available in a compact dwarf form! ‘Invincibelle Wee White’ is an exact dwarf replica of ‘Annabelle’ – pure-white flowers and lush green foliage on a plant only 1-2½ feet tall! If that wasn’t exciting enough, we’ll also have ‘Invincibelle Mini Mauvette’ which has the same miniature form and size, but with a deep pink-mauve flower colour. You better start thinking of a spot for these compact cuties!
Kodiak Bush Honeysuckle
This new series of bush honeysuckle (Diervilla) boasts compact growth and intense fall colour, and are extremely tolerant of soil conditions. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also grow in both sun and shade, making them extremely versatile in the landscape.
Do you ever look out into your yard in the winter only to be disappointed by the lack of colour? Well, look no further than these new winterberries we’ll have this year – Berry Poppins and her pollinator, Mr. Poppins! Growing to only about 3-4’ tall, and covered in bright red berries all winter, these gorgeous deciduous shrubs are sure to be eye-catching.
Proud Berry Coral Coralberry
This Symphoricarpos variety bears loads of large dark pink berries in the fall, their colour intensifying with cooler weather. Aptly named Coralberry, this relative of Snowberry provides winter food for birds and looks lovely in fall cut flower arrangements. It’s also tough and adaptable.
Double Play Candy Corn Spirea
Here’s a spirea variety like no other – changing colour from early spring into fall. New spring growth emerges bright candy apple red, turning pineapple yellow as it matures, and new growth continues to emerge bright orange all season. If that wasn’t enough, it’ll provide you with classic dark pink flowers in early summer, topped off with gorgeous fall colour.
Tiny Wine Gold Ninebark
A new variety of the ever-versatile ninebark! Here we have a dwarf, compact variety with new growth that emerges brilliant yellow, maturing to a chartreuse-green colour. Clusters of white-pink flowers make their appearance in late spring.
Something different to add to our selection of weigelas! This variety boasts dark burgundy-green, almost black, foliage that contrasts beautifully with its clear white flowers. Like all weigelas, it attracts hummingbirds!
New at Southview in 2017, ‘Bobo’ is a dwarf hydrangea with abundant white panicle flowers on strong stems. An excellent specimen for small spaces, you won’t want to miss out on this guy!
Container vegetable gardening continues to gain popularity, and you may have noticed we added to our selection last year. In addition to a couple varieties each of tomatoes and peppers, we expanded into cucumbers, beans, and peas. Look for even more varieties this year!
We can’t wait to see how these new varieties perform. What plants are you most excited about this year?