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Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

These brand-new varieties for 2013 offer exciting colors, more flowers, and other features so you can enjoy your best perennial garden ever.
Ida Dahlberg
Ida Dahlberg • 2 years ago

'Cheyenne Sky' Switchgrass

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Maidengrass. One of the most common grasses, maidengrass is big, beautiful, and easy to grow. It offers narrow, arching foliage (many selections are variegated; look for them to add more color to your landscape) and silvery plumes that are enchanting when the light catches them just right. Name: Miscanthus sinensis Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 8 feet tall Zones: 4-9

Name: Salvia pachyphylla (Mojave Sage) Conditions: Full sun & well-drained Size: To 3 feet tall

Switchgrass One of our favorite grasses, switchgrass offers airy plumes in late summer and fall. It looks great during the season, too: Man...

Golden Marguerite~ Yellow, daisy-shape flowers. An old-fashioned perennial, it has fuzzy leaves that deer leave alone and blooms that are great for cutting. Here's a hint: Cut the plant back after flowering for a flush of new growth and more blossoms. Plant Name: Anthemis tinctoria Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-7

Russian Sage Plant Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 4-9

Bamboo Although it's a fast-spreading menace when grown in the ground, bamboo is a dramatic specimen plant when grown in a large container (where it can't escape). It makes a perfect, fast-growing screen. Name: Phyllostachys aurea Size: To 20 feet or more Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, but well-drained soil

Eastern Bluestar~ We love this stalwart perennial and hope to see it used more in gardens. The tall plants sport blue, star-shaped flowers in spring. They're loved by migrating butterflies. Added bonus: These pest-free plants also have attractive yellow fall color. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Growing Conditions: Full sun, moist, well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9