One of my favorite collections of new annual introductions is the Proven Winners (PW). This brand holds a strong reputation for developing unique bloom colorations and patterns. The company was one of the first to promote and distribute the Million Bells (calibrachoa) series – with profuse, self-cleaning, petunia-like blooms that are so attractive to hummingbirds.
Supertunia Picasso in Pink is a Proven Winner that features clear pink flowers with a unique, bright green edge.
New cultivars for 2013 deliver mounds of brilliant color that perform beautifully from spring until frost with little maintenance.
Here's the rundown on this year’s top six annual introductions.
Superbells Lemon Slice Calibrachoa is the latest in a long line of innovative plants that capture gardeners’ attention and imagination. With the same superior performance and disease resistance of other Superbells, this beauty has a great mounding habit and can be used in combination with white plants like Whirlwind White Scaevola.
Last year, gardeners fell in love with Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso. With that in mind, Picasso in Pink takes centre stage.
It boasts a similar pattern but in a more subtle flower color. The clear pink flowers feature a unique, bright green edge. The plant is more compact and about two-thirds as vigorous as Pretty Much Picasso.
Blushing Princess and Frosty Knight Lobularia are improvements on Snow Princess. They possess that always-desirable mounding habit, continual bloom, a sweet fragrance and exceptional performance in heat.
Frosty White has the same white flowers, but with less coverage and a less vigorous habit, which makes it a great choice in combination with medium vigor plants. It also boasts white-striped variegation in the foliage. Blushing Princess is an exceptional lavender-toned version of Snow Princess. Its fragrant flowers open white and turn to a lavender-silver in about a day. Brighter light will increase the lavender flower color.
Señorita Blanca™ Cleome provides elegance, color, texture, and height in the landscape,
It has lovely white blooms with a pale lavender blush. A great landscape performer, this beauty has excellent heat and humidity tolerance and flowers all season from last frost to first frost.
Supertunia Watermelon Charm Petunia blooms like a traditional Supertunia but has charming flowers that are just slightly smaller with bursts of spectacular watermelon-toned blooms that are accented with a small white eye.
Look for these PW annuals at the garden centres this spring, along with PW perennials and shrubs.
You can also visit the website for more pictures and descriptions of 2013 PW introductions.