April 26, 2017

Our experts reveal their must-have plants for this season.

From new plants to staples we should’ve planted years ago, this episode will take a look at plants that are on our nursery shopping list this season. There’s a baptisia that has tricolor blooms, a purple potato that looks like it’s speckled, and more than a few must-have evergreens. And, if those don’t float your boat, there are plenty of other suggestions to tempt you—and help empty your wallet at the garden center this year.

Expert: Ritchie Steffen, curator at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle, Washington

Baptisias deserve more love! These stalwarts of the perennial garden are deer and drought resistant and the new cultivar ‘Pink Lemonade’ (Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade') sports a unique yellow-purple-blue hue to boot.

It’s an ominous name for a gorgeous new plant. ‘Storm Shelter’ daylily (Hemerocallis 'Storm Shelter') proves that not all daylilies are a boring yellow.
 

Although she’s not a fan of the hockey team that inspired this grass’s name, Danielle will be looking for ‘Blackhawks’ big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii 'Blackhawks') at nurseries this year.

Steve wishes he had planted this golden dwarf hinoki cypress (Chamaecyparis obtusa  ‘Nana Lutea’) years ago so he had something to look at in winter.

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