Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 80: New Plants

Video by Danielle Sherry and Steve Aitken. Edited by Kara Demos.

With so many events canceled in the last year, we sure are happy that the plant breeders still decided to unveil a healthy crop of new plants for us to drool over. Of course, there were a handful of new heucheras and more phlox than we ever knew could exist, but there were also some interesting options that no one (including us) saw coming. And now we want them all. In this episode, we discuss some noteworthy candidates in every category: perennials, annuals, shrubs, and even a couple fruiting plants. What’s the one thing that could stop these plants from all landing in our shopping carts? Not enough space in the garden.

Expert testimony: Visit FineGardening.com to see Richard Hawke’s recent webinar, New Plants Showing Promise.

Danielle’s Plants

‘Polished Brass’ Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium × ‘Polished Brass’, Zones 3–8)

Limelight Prime® panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘SMNHPPH’, Zones 3–8)

‘Igor’ pumpkin

Midnight Cascade™ blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘FC12-187’, Zones 5–9)

Polished Brass Joe pye weed
‘Polished Brass’ Joe Pye weed


Polished Brass Joe pye weed
‘Polished Brass’ Joe Pye weed



Limelight Prime panicle hydrangea
Limelight Prime® panicle hydrangea


Igor pumpkin
‘Igor’ pumpkin


Midnight Cascade blueberry
Midnight Cascade™ blueberry


Steve’s Plants

‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ elephant’s ear (Colocasia ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’, Zones 8–11)

‘All Summer Joy’ geranium (Geranium ‘All Summer Joy’, Zones 3–9)

‘Little Miss Figgy’ fig (Ficus carica ‘MAJOAM’, Zones 7–11)

Baby Kim® lilac (Syringa ‘SMNSDTP’, Zones 3–8)

Pharaoh’s Mask elephant ear
‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ elephant’s ear


All Summer Joy geranium
‘All Summer Joy’ geranium


All Summer Joy geranium
‘All Summer Joy’ geranium


Little Miss Figgy fig
‘Little Miss Figgy’ fig


Baby Kim lilac
Baby Kim® lilac
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