Cool & Unusual
This Magnolia is a hybrid whose parents are the two species: M. obovata and M. sieboldii. It's hardy in zones 6-9.
Salvia 'African Sky'
Salvia 'African Sky' creates a gentle blue presence in the garden.
Another "can't do without" foliage plant is Euphorbia 'Yokoi's White', a relative of the Poinsettia.
Dianthus Georgia PeachPie
This fragrant beauty prefers cooler weather and will bloom until it gets really hot. It's called Dianthus 'Georgia Peach Pie'.
Foxglove Polka Dot Pippa
Who could resist a foxglove (Digitalis) called 'Polka-dot Pippa'? It's a hybrid that doesn't go to seed so it blooms most of the summer if you cut off the old blooms.
Agapanthus 'Ever White'
Agapanthus 'Ever White' is a new lily of the Nile that absolutely shines in the landscape.
Elephant ear Red-eyed Gecko
Colocasia 'Red-eyed Gecko' is a beautiful chartreuse with a bright red "eye."
Outstanding variegation comes with this Canna, whose blooms are bright orange. It goes by the names 'Durban' or 'Phasion'.
Senecio Angel Wings
This silvery wonder brightens up spots in the garden. It's fairly new and eventually should become easier to find. Ask for Senecio 'Angel Wings'. Try it indoors as a houseplant.
This adorable Petunia is called Supertunia 'Raspberry Rush'.
Coleus Sea Monkey Purple
This Coleus grows to just 10" and is called 'Sea Monkey Purple'.
One of the stalwarts in a mixed container has been Pseuderanthemum 'Stainless Steel'. Try it indoors as a houseplant.
Coleus 'Henna' has a lot going for it from its green-red coloration to its deeply serrated leaves. It goes with almost anything.
Try something new each season. Many garden centers and online growers offer ever-changing stock and new introductions.