Gary Lewis at Phoenix Perennials sent us a list of the hot new plants for 2018. If you’re looking for something new and exciting for your garden, you won’t want to miss these. Please note, PlantSomething Bee Friendly isn’t sure how many of these plants are high in pollen or nectar – but sometimes you need a plant in the garden that is just for you.
Hot New Plants for 2018 at Phoenix Perennials
At Phoenix Perennials we love new and shiny things. Cutting edge plants bring us new forms and colours, better vigour, greater disease resistance, and more possibilities overall for designing and loving our personal spaces. Here are some of our top picks from the hundreds of new plants we’ll have in 2018.
Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ – A new Peruvian lily that Gary has been hunting for since he saw it in South Africa three years ago: luscious dusky burgundy foliage topped with fiery flowers of red, orange and golden yellow!
Baptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ – A tough and long-lived lupin relative with flowers opening white and aging to dusky blue. The elegant spires are thus bicoloured in mid bloom with white on top and blue below.
Cornus alternifolia ‘Golden Shadows’ – This pagoda dogwood will form elegant horizontal branches of gold and green variegated foliage.
Echinacea ‘Green Twister’ – A vigorous new coneflower with red cones surrounded by lavender-purple petals with green tips.
*Geranium ‘Lilac Ice’ – A sport of ‘Rozanne’, the world’s most popular cranesbill, with months of flower power but this one with icy palest lavender flowers with thin purple veins.
Helleborus ‘Sun Flare’ – A dramatic Lenten rose with butter yellow flowers and red picotee edges.
Helleborus Frostkiss ‘Cheryl’s Shine’, ‘Dana’s Dulcet’, ‘Reanna’s Ruby’ – These new hellebores from the Frostkiss series have bold pink, purple and red flowers with dramatically variegated foliage emerging in tones of green and pink or red aging to dark green with mint green veins.
Heuchera Forever Red – The reddest foliage of all coral bells especially in spring and fall with rich burgundy red foliage in summer.
Hibiscus ‘Airbrush Effect’ – A distinctive perennial hibiscus with vibrant pink flowers with salmon tones and a white shimmer.
Hosta ‘Waterslide’ – Bold, thick, and rippling grey-blue to powder blue foliage holds its colour throughout the season.
Hosta ‘Wiggles and Squiggles’ – Narrow, bright yellow leaves have incredibly wavy margin creating a distinctive look in the shade garden.
Hydrangea ‘Wow Time’ Princess Diana – A breakthrough hybrid between the big leaf and paniculata hydrangeas (H. macrophylla x H. paniculata) with crazy, double florets with narrow petals in glowing pink bubblegum tones never before seen from Hydrangea.
Lycium ruthenicum – The black goji berry is packed with healthy benefits like vitamins and antioxidants and it looks cooler and more sophisticated than that old red one everyone has been growing.
Mangave ‘Kaleidoscope’ – A dramatic hybrid succulent which is a cross between Agave and its relative Manfreda, with long, octopus-like, rubbery leaves in grey-green with burgundy spots and variegated edges in tones of pink and yellow.
Monardella macrantha ‘Marian Sampson’ – A darling little groundcover with bright red tubular flowers that will drive hummingbirds mad.
Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’ – Large, pure white flowers ooze tropicalisimo but are hardy to zone 8 for west coast gardeners.
Senecio ‘Angel Wings’ – This could be the plant of the year or the year when plants become pets! Huge, felted, floppy, silver-white leaves beg to be caressed and loved and snuggled.
Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials in Richmond, BC which carries more than 4000 different garden plants each year.