is a summer-blooming perennial with attractive flowers. A new
variety being introduced this year is 'Thunder & Lightning.' It's
a sport that is shorter than the species, growing just over a foot
tall. It bears fully-double, deep magenta-purple flowers. The flowers
are set off by its eye-catching, variegated foliage. The combination
is quite striking. It's a long-blooming perennial, in bloom from June
to August and it thrives in a sunny spot in the garden.
'Red Knee High' is one of the newer coneflowers that have
been introduced in recent years. This exciting new sport of
Kim's Knee High boasts the darkest and most vivid magenta
coloring of any coneflower available today. It shares the same
exceptional blooming traits and compact habit as Kim's Knee
High while adding a dazzling new color to the coneflower spectrum.
'Baby Swan White' is another new coneflower introduction. It's an
award-winning perennial that is a compact version of Echinacea 'White
Swan.' It's one of the earliest coneflowers to bloom, producing
flowers as early as June and it continues blooming into September.
The flowers bloom atop well-branched stems that reach just 20 inches
high. It thrives in sunny, hot spots in the garden and combines
nicely with other summer-blooming perennials.
are constantly creating new hosta varieties and one of the newer
introductions is called 'Rainforest Sunrise.' This new hosta has
thickly-textured, glossy, golden-green leaves that have narrow,
dark-green edges. While it grows well in shade, the gold coloration
is even brighter when grown in part sun. It's a compact hosta,
reaching just under a foot high and forming a mound 16 inches wide.
It bears pale-lavender flowers on two-foot-tall flower scapes in mid summer.
A large selection of these and
many more exciting new perennials will be for sale at this workshop.
See the "If You Go" box for more information.