3 Cool New Annuals Worth Checking Out

Fine Gardening – Issue 199
3 Cool New Annuals Worth Checking Out

Get great color and texture for partial shade

Name: Royale Pineapple Brandy™ coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides cv.)

Royale Pineapple Brandy™ coleus
Photo: courtesy of Proven Winners®

Size: 30 inches tall and 16 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Hybrid

No annual spawns more new cultivars than petunias—except perhaps coleus. It’s hard to go one calendar year without a smattering of previously unheard-of cultivars flooding garden center shelves. This year was no exception, but Royale Pineapple Brandy™ stands out. The frilly leaves in shades of bright yellow to chartreuse really pop against the dark red stems. Its size is impressive, although it doesn’t get huge. If we’re going to get behind a new coleus, one with great color, texture, and form seems a safe bet.

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A petunia that’s out of this world

Headliner™ Electric Purple Sky petunia
Photo: courtesy of Selecta One

Name: Headliner™ Electric Purple Sky petunia (Petunia ‘KLEPH20513’)

Size: 10 to 16 inches tall and 20 to 30 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, fertile, well-drained soil

Native range: Hybrid

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The world really doesn’t need any more petunias. Or does it? The blossom of this little beauty looks like it belongs in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s latest television show on far-off galaxies. Bright magenta petals sport white spots, which look like they could actually be shooting stars and supernovas.

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A rare case when moody is wonderful (Editor’s Pick)

‘Amazing Grey’ shirley poppy
Photo: courtesy of Botanical Interests

Name: ‘Amazing Grey’ shirley poppy (Papaver rhoeas ‘Amazing Grey’)

Size: 18 to 24 inches tall and 8 inches wide

Conditions: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

Native range: Europe and Asia

Moody, gray flowers don’t sound all that attractive, but seeing this poppy in bloom is breathtaking. Each plant will produce an abundance of tissue paper–like flowers in an array of hues, from muted blues to rosy white. Excellent as cut flowers and fairly easy to start from seed, shirley poppies will start blooming in late spring and continue through summer. Consistent moisture is a must, but don’t allow standing water, since poppies tend to rot.

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Danielle Sherry is the executive editor.

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