For this year and this season in your garden there are new variants and cultivars available. These new plants are easy-to-grow one that bloom profusely and are disease-free.

If you love container gardening with Calibrachoa, or Superbells, you will be delighted to see the gorgeous colors available this year. Sweet Tart, Tequila Sunrise, Cherry Star or Grape Punch could easily be the centerpiece of a knockout hanging basket this summer. There are also double-flowered Calibrachoas: Double Ruby, Double Lavender and Double Rose.

Hosta lovers may be drawn to Autumn Frost with its yellow and green variegated foliage. This shade plant only reaches 1 foot in height but is sure to brighten a dark corner of the garden.

Red Switch Grass Cheyenne Sky is another hardy, sun-loving ornamental grass that provides fall and winter interest and grows to 36 inches high.

While most gardeners are familiar with Autumn Joy, Sedum Maestro features purple foliage and dusty pink flowers. It attracts butterflies and bees, is drought-tolerant and hardy to -35 degrees.

Vinca Jams ’n Jellies Blackberry is extremely unique with its velvety deep purple with white eye flower color which will add excitement to summer gardens. Grown as an annual they do best in containers and prefer full sun. This cultivar is drought and heat tolerant.

Another pretty selection is Salvia Summer Jewel Pink, which is a bedding plant grown as an annual. This plant grows 10 to 24 inches in height and features dainty pink flowers that attract hummingbirds. It blooms earlier than other Salvias.

There are four new cultivars of Rose of Sharon shrubs with gorgeous blossoms. China Chiffon has large, white flowers with a red eye while Blue Chiffon has blue flowers with a lacy center. Blushing Satin has pale pink petals with a magenta center and Azurri Satin has purple-blue petals with pinkish-red center. Rose of Sharon is deer-resistant, attracts hummingbirds and will grow in full or part sun.

Bartzella Itoh peony with its bright yellow, double blossoms will be an excellent choice. The flowers have a spicy fragrance and make stunning cut flowers.You should be able to find the above plants at local nurseries.

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