'Butterscotch' delivers everything we expect from the standard hubrechtii but it does a better job, especially in the fall. Golden foliage is brighter and more vibrant, red stems are richer and more reliable, and the plant itself is larger with more vigor.
Two remarkable Heuchera-style perennials came to our attention this year. On the left is 'Black Forest Cake', a true Heuchera although you wouldn’t know it from the heavy clusters of dark red blooms above the glossy black leaves. When it bloomed in our trial garden people came into the office and asked, “Are you going to carry it?” · On the right is a beautiful Heucherella called 'Pumpkin Spice', our cover plant for 2023. It gathers the maple leaves and markings from its Tiarella parent but the orange base and red veining come from the Heuchera side of the house. Since it has villosa in it, the plant also lasts longer into the colder weather before hunkering down for winter.
New to market this year is 'Ruby Gold', a sister to the 'Gold Heart' we already sell. Both plants have lime-green foliage, but 'Ruby Gold' has deeply red hearts whereas 'Gold Heart' has pink blooms. As a bonus, 'Ruby Gold' also emerges in early spring with a flush of orange in the new leaves before they mature to their normal lime green.
'Blue Ribbons' is a woodland Phlox, which means it is best suited for the dappled semi-shade found under trees or along the sides of homes or buildings. This plant likes to put a carpet of color over the top, and when it is out of color the deeply variegated leaves keep the interest going in the landscape for the rest of the season.
Foliage is the dazzling part of this Sedum, even more so than the flower. SunSparkler® 'Dream Dazzler' has a vibrant pink margin around the edges of its thick leaves that the bright red blooms need to compete with when they appear. For all-season interest this is a top choice.
Within the Sunseeker series of Echinacea is a color, 'Salmon' that reliably doubles the ring petals for an almost dahlia style of flower, very unusual and very pretty. The Sunseeker series is a broad family that includes singles and pom-pom style doubles, so it's the salmon you want for this new kind of coneflower.
'Night Light' pairs up with its golden counterpart, 'Aurea', to make some never-before-seen bicolor combinations. Flowers on 'Night Light' are the traditional yellow but leaves are bronze with green veining, making it the darkest Lysimachia we have ever seen.
We like the pale Monarda flower with light blue freckles but 'Midnight Oil' is actually sold for its low-to-the-ground foliage. This Monarda does grows short rather than high, and the sun toasts the top pairs of leaves into a rich bronze color. It's as close to a groundcover as you can get from a Monarda, with the crown-style blossom to boot.
All those coral shades you see in 'Red Lark' mark a breakthrough in the Darwin line, and they have bred this variety to be short and stocky in keeping with current Delphinium fashion. Stalks are thick and stiff enough to make it suitable as a cut flower.
'Raspberry Frost' has the same deep red blossoms as 'Raspberry Surprise' but notice the wide, heavily splotched leaves of the plant. While most Pulmonaria use tiny sprinkles to decorate their leaves, 'Raspberry Frost' goes big and bold. It gives the plant a very different seasonal look in the shade garden.
We find the abundant periwinkle blue of 'Twinkle Toes' charming—it’s the lightest blue of any Pulmonaria we sell. This unique color is the perfect complement to our other Pulmonaria varieties.