Upcoming Proven Winners® Perennials for 2021-2022

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    New At Retail in 2022

    New At Retail in 2022

    These perennials will be new in 2021 for industry professionals to trial, and will be widely available in 2022. Dark leaves are a trending theme for the year between 'Back in Black' Sedum, 'Edge of Night' Hibiscus, and 'Evening Gown' Heuchera. Look also for a refreshed AMAZING DAISIES® collection and new Monarda for both the Leading Lady and Pardon My Series.

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    'String Theory' Amsonia

    Blue Star

    Height: 18-22" | Spread: 32-36" | Zones: 4-9 | Full to Part Sun

    ‘String Theory' can be described as a compact version of the industry standard Amsonia hubrichtii. The compact habit is covered with light periwinkle blue flowers in late spring, flowering later than ‘Storm Cloud'. We have observed the same brilliant golden orange fall color as you would expect from A. hubrichtii.

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    'Stand by Me Lavender' Clematis

    Bush Clematis

    Height: 34-38" | Spread: 24-36" | Zones: 3-7 | Full to Part Sun

    This variety has the same performance as ‘Stand by Me' but with a lavender shade of flowers to join the original's blue. Dark purple buds open to lavender purple, bell-shaped, nodding flowers. This plant benefits from staking, cages, or neighboring plants for support.

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    'Boom Chocolatta' Gernaium pratense

    Hardy Gernaium, Cranesbill

    Height: 24-26" | Spread: 28-30" | Zones: 4-8 | Full Sun to Part Shade

    This Geranium pratense hybrid has rich, dark bronze leaves and an upright habit, with blue-purple flowers covering the top of the habit, starting in early summer. Compared to older genetics, 'Boom Chocolatta' is more vigorous, and has a very refined habit.

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    DRESSED UP™ 'Evening Gown' Heuchera

    Coral Bells

    Height: 12-14" | Scape: 18-20" | Spread: 20-24" | Zones: 4-9 | Full Sun to Full Shade

    ‘Evening Gown' is the inaugural member of a new series of Heuchera for Proven Winners that is prized for its incredible ruffled leaves, a feature that makes it a welcome texture for any landscape or container. Huge 6”, glossy black leaves have ruffled margins and form a substantial mounded habit.

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    SUMMERIFIC® 'Edge of Night' Hibiscus

    Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow

    Height: 3-3½' | Spread: 4-4½' | Zones: 4-9 | Full to Part Sun

    At only 3-3½' tall, this is our most compact Hibiscus to date. 7-8” bubblegum pink flowers have overlapping petals and darker pink veining for a dramatic 3D effect. Jet black foliage is the darkest we've seen on a Hibiscus.

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    SHADOWLAND® 'Hope Springs Eternal' Hosta

    Height: 22" | Scape: 24-32" | Spread: 47" | Zones: 3-9 | Part Sun to Full Shade

    Heart-shaped, blue horizontal leaves have a crisp creamy white margin and form a formal habit. Its most notable feature are the incredible ruffling on the leaves that undulate all the way to the pointed tips. Near white flowers in midsummer.

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    SHADOWLAND® 'Miss America' Hosta

    Height: 19" | Scape: 55-61" | Spread: 55" | Zones: 3-9 | Part Sun to Full Shade

    Medium green, heart-shaped leaves have white centers and light green intermediate streaking between the center and margin. The contrast between the margin and the center is dramatic and refined. Near white, tubular flowers have a lavender pattern in the center of the petals are borne on thick, upright, tall stems.

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    AMAZING DAISIES® 'Banana Cream II' Leucanthemum superbum

    Shasta Daisy

    Height: 20-24" | Spread: 20-22" | Zones: 5-9 | Full Sun

    This improvement on the classic ‘Banana Cream' takes all the characteristics that gardeners love and kicks it up a notch. Just like the original, flower buds are lemon yellow and eventually brighten to creamy white. Improvements include being more floriferous, holding the yellow color longer, a more appealing habit, and earlier to start flowering.

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    AMAZING DAISIES® 'Marshmallow' Leucanthemum superbum

    Shasta Daisy

    Height: 18-20" | Spread: 20-22" | Zones: 5-9 | Full Sun

    Large, 3½” fully double, bright white flowers absolutely cover the medium-sized habit. Growers will love that the low vernalization requirements: we recommend 4-6 weeks for best performance, although we have observed flowering without vernalization.

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    AMAZING DAISIES® 'Spun Silk' Leucanthemum superbum

    Shasta Daisy

    Height: 22-24" | Spread: 20-22" | Zones: 5-9 | Full Sun

    Narrow petals with fringed edges create the “spider” look, with the 4½” graceful white flowers topping a medium-sized habit. ‘Spun Silk' requires vernalization to bloom; we recommend 6-8 weeks minimum.

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    'Leading Lady Amethyst' Monarda

    Bee Balm

    Height: 10-14" | Spread: 22-28" | Zones: 4-8 | Full to Part Sun

    Bee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but the Leading Lady series leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more compact clump than other Bee Balm. 'Leading Lady Amethyst' produces light amethyst purple flowers with darker interior spots on its petals.

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    'Leading Lady Pink' Monarda

    Bee Balm

    Height: 10-14" | Spread: 22-28" | Zones: 4-8 | Full to Part Sun

    Bee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but the Leading Lady series leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more compact clump than other Bee Balm. 'Leading Lady Pink' produces bright pink flowers with lighter interiors that clearly show off the spots on its petals.

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    'Leading Lady Razzberry' Monarda

    Bee Balm

    Height: 10-14" | Spread: 22-28" | Zones: 4-8 | Full to Part Sun

    Bee Balm typically bloom in midsummer, but the Leading Lady series leads the way in early summer, flowering earlier and forming a more compact clump than other Bee Balm. 'Leading Lady Razzberry' produces bright raspberry purple flowers on dark green leaves that have a purple cast and dark bracts.

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    'Pardon My Lavender II' Monarda didyma

    Bee Balm

    Height: 14-18" | Spread: 22-28" | Zones: 4-8 | Full to Part Sun

    An improvement on the original, ‘Pardon My Lavender II' replaces ‘Pardon My Lavender' in the catalog. Compared to the original, this has more vigor, is more polished, and has better disease resistance. In midsummer, lavender purple flowers sit just at the top of the foliage. Though the plant may be smaller, the flowers are the same size as taller selections, measuring a full 2½-3" across.

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    'Pardon My Rose' Monarda didyma

    Bee Balm

    Height: 14-18" | Spread: 22-28" | Zones: 4-8 | Full to Part Sun

    This compact selection forms a bushy, well-branched clump of medium green, semi-glossy foliage. Slightly running, but controlled and refined habit. In midsummer, intense rose pink flowers sit just at the top of the foliage. Though the plant may be smaller, the flowers are the same size as taller selections, measuring a full 2½-3" across.

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    PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Lemon Squeeze' Pennisetum alopecuroides

    Fountain Grass

    Height: 3-3½' | Spread: 4-4½' | Zones: 5-9 | Full Sun

    ‘Lemon Squeeze' behaves like other Fountain Grass but boasts chartreuse gold leaves. One of the best for vigor that we've seen in gold-leafed Pennisetum with absolutely no burning in the sun. Copper panicles appear above the foliage in midsummer.

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    'Opening Act Romance' Phlox

    Hybrid Garden Phlox

    Height: 20-22" | Spread: 32-36" | Zones: 4-8 | Full Sun

    Rich lavender pink flowers have a small white halo at the centers. Just like its predecessors in the Opening Act series, ‘Opening Act Romance' blooms 2-3 weeks earlier than Tall Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) and is mildew and disease resistant.

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    LUMINARY™ 'Backlight' Phlox paniculata

    Tall Garden Phlox

    Height: 28-30" | Spread: 20-24" | Zones: 3-8 | Full Sun

    Pure white flowers are produced in well-defined panicles at the top of a perfect habit. The dark green leaves resist mildew that often plagues Tall Garden Phlox, even in hot, humid conditions.

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    ROCK 'N GROW® 'Back in Black' Sedum

    Stonecrop

    Height: 20-24" | Spread: 26-30" | Zones: 3-9 | Full Sun

    New to the ROCK ‘N GROW® collection comes an upright Sedum with near black leaves. Enjoy the dark leaf foliage throughout the summer, and when late summer rolls around, flowers with deep garnet red centers and cream petals will appear.

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    ROCK 'N GROW® 'Coraljade' Sedum

    Stonecrop

    Height: 16-18" | Spread: 28-30" | Zones: 3-9 | Full Sun

    This new member of the ROCK ‘N GROW® collection is a perfect counterpart to ‘Lemonjade'. It has the same rich green foliage as the former, but instead of yellow flowers, the citron green buds bloom soft coral pink.

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    BERRIED TREASURE® Pink Fragaria ananassa

    Ornamental and Edible Everbearing Strawberry

    Height: 12-16" | Spread: 18-24" | Zones: 4-8 | Full Sun

    These strawberries have restrained runners, which make growing them in containers easy, although they will do just as well in the landscape. Since these are day length neutral, you can enjoy their semi-double flowers in addition to their tasty fruit. Semi-double, pink flowers.

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