Flowers and vegetables – recomandations for 2012

Gardeners are looking for new plants every year. Here are new flowers and vegetables. The varieties are listed al-phabetically by class, with the seed source listed in parentheses after the description. The designation “R” means a retail seed company from which gardeners may purchase seed directly by mail order or also in stores that carry the variety in seed packets. A “W” designation indicates a wholesale seed company which does not sell directly to home gardeners, but these varieties should be available in catalogs or as bedding plants at garden centers this spring.

FLOWERS

Begonia F1 hybrid tuberous ‘Nonstop® Rose Petticoat’ * Eye catching bicolor Rose and White delight. ‘Non-stops’ are basal branching with 3½ – 4½” fully double blooms. Perfect for partial shade in patio containers, hang-ing baskets, flowerbeds. (Benary) W

Campanula longistylla ‘Isabella’ * This summer beauty is unique. ‘Isabella’ has a compact habit of 6-8″. Blooms profusely right from the start. Its large, bell-shaped flowers are an eye-catching blue and a fresh color addition to any garden. (Goldsmith) W

Celosia ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ Discovered in Peru, this versatile tropical plant, with its burgundy and bright green foliage, is used as a filler or landscaper. Produces a deep magenta* flower. (Johnny’s Selected Seeds) R

Cleome serrulata ‘Solo’ * ‘Solo’, the only thornless variety with very light pink to white flowers on top of a light green leafed plant. Suitable for direct sowing. Blooms about 8-10 weeks long. Seedpods give additional distinc-tive ornamental value to the plants. (Kieft) W

Four O’Clocks ‘Broken Colors’ * A unique mixture of tricolor 1¼ inch flowers in a wide range of broken colors. Vibrant combinations of pinks, yellows, reds and purples. 20″ tall x 13″ wide plants. (Burpee) R

Gaillardia ‘Painter’s Palette’ * Big bold blooms on 30″ stems. Burgundy, pure yellow, and red/gold bicolors – a Park exclusive blend! Superb perennial and cut flower, widely adapted, sun, heat, and drought tolerant. Blooms profusely all summer long. (Park) R

Impatiens F1 ‘Carnival’ Excellence pushed higher. ImprovedWhite*. New colors Metallic lilac and Salmon. Early flowering, extra compact vigorous uniform habitat. Resists stretching, proven heat tolerance and optimal cool climate performer. (Daehnfeldt) W

Impatiens ‘Impulse Pink Picotee’ * ‘Pink Picotee’ flowers are shades of pink to rose, all with darker petal mar-gins. Seed quality for ‘Pink Picotee’ is excellent – matching the rest of the Impulse series with a standard of 90% plus germination. (Novartis) W

Impatiens ‘Stardust’ Series Big blooms, bright petal edges “dusting” into solid white pattern. Carefree, terrific garden vigor. Even in deepest shade, ‘Stardust’ brings its “Special Effects” look to gardens. Raspberry, Rose and 4-color Mix*. (PanAmerican) W

Marigold ‘Discovery Mix’ * Hybrid, dwarf plants stay a neat 8-10″ tall. Covered with double flowers in solid yel-low and orange – each measuring nearly 3 inches across. (Garden Grow) R

Morning Glory ‘Celestial’ Mixture Brings dazzling beauty to the garden midsummer to frost. Exciting, unique mix contains old-fashioned Heavenly Blue, Pearly Gates, and new variety Blue Star, which opens to reveal a stunning blue and white pattern. (NK Lawn & Garden) R

Nautilus Vine ‘Vigna caracalla’ * A fast-growing, climbing vine (to 10′), bearing hyacinth-scented flower clusters from mid-summer to autumn. Tightly twisted spirals in bud, the flowers open to a lavender blush, and mellow to buff yellow. (Park) R

Nemesia ‘Nebula’ * Known for its large flower size and blooming power, Nemesia ‘Nebula’ is an excellent addi-tion to gardens, balconies or patios. Ideal for planting with cool season crops, the bright flowers add vibrant color to spring gardens & fall pots. (Sakata) W

Nicotiana ‘Saratoga’ This old-fashioned favorite is one of the showiest of all annuals. Bushy plants mature to 10-12 “. Eye-catching trumpet-shaped flowers. Colors: deep rose, lime*, purple bicolor, red, white or a formula mixture. (Goldsmith Seeds) W

Pansy ‘Chalon Mix’ * Unique ruffled Pansy series reselected and restored to many of the colors “lost” over the years. Added yellow shades and bright white picotee types brighten this exclusive mixture. Flowering is early Spring onwards. (Floranova) W

Pentas ‘New Look® Rose’ * A beautiful addition to your butterfly garden. Excellent in full sun flowerbeds, patio containers, and baskets. Very heat and drought tolerant. The 8-10″ tall ‘New Look’ Series now has a Pink, Red, Violet, and Rose. (Benary) W

Petunia ‘Coral Wave™’ * Wildly popular ‘Wave’ makes another big splash with rich new Coral. Spreads to an amazing 4 feet. Takes hot, cold, rain. Flourishes everywhere. Super-easy to grow! Visit wave-rave.com for more details. (PanAmerican) W

Petunia hedgiflora ‘Tidal Wave™’ Hot Pink* & Cherry World’s first petunias that grow into a “hedge” in just one season! Space close for shrublike growth, farther apart for groundcover effect. Plant can spread up to 3 feet! Won’t flop over in rain. (Ball) W

Phlox ’21st Century Magenta Mix’ * The first ever F1 hybrid phlox. Outstanding in the landscape, gardeners can enjoy ’21st Phlox Magenta Mix’ from Spring until frost. Hybrid vigor allows this variety to adapt to a wide range of conditions. (Waller ) W

Portulaca ‘Margarita Mix’ * Due to its well-branched mounding habit, Portulaca ‘Margarita’ can be shipped across town or across the country. Excellent performance in the landscape, the large semi-double blooms will turn any garden into a party. (Waller) W

Salvia horminum (viridis) ‘Marble Arch Rose’ * Uniform bushy plant having colored bracts with green veins. Improved color intensity and ornamental value of the colored bracts make the ‘Marble Arch’ Rose a good cut-flower. (Kieft) W

Sunflower ‘Kong’ Hybrid Is a monster of a sunflower! Giant plants tower up to 15 feet over the garden with strong, thick branching stems that are topped with large yellow flowers. Fun and easy to grow. (NK Lawn & Gar-den) R

Sunflower ‘Starburst Aura’ F1 Beautiful, unique starburst type semi-double yellow flowers with a small green center. Six foot wellbranched plants produce 24″ stems for excellent cut flowers. Unique flower form, attractive color will be an instant hit. (Harris) R

Tanacetum niveum ‘Jackpot’ * Small, white, daisy-like flowers bloom profusely on a large bushy plant. Works well in cottage gardens and in back of the border plantings. (Johnny’s Selected Seeds) R

Verbena ‘Obsession Scarlet’ * Was first introduced as a mix for 1998/99 season. Separate colors were re-leased in October of 1998. The obsessions have the compact habit associated with our Romance series and an improved germination. (Novartis) W

Vinca ‘Heatwave Mix’ * Early flowering and just 10″ tall, this improved vinca creates a mound of blossoms in rich rose, deep lavender, pink and white with contrasting eyes. Thrives in heat and humidity. (Garden Grow) R

Viola F1 ‘Panola Panache’ * It’s not a pansy – it’s not a viola – It’s a ‘Panola™! Panola™ Panache’ series. Free-flowering like viola, but larger flowers. Compact habit, small foliage similar to viola but earlier to flower. Resists stretching in warm climates. (Waller) W

VEGETABLES

Eggplant Hybrid ‘Cloud Nine’ * What if someone told you they had developed a pure white bitter-free variety that required no soaking? And the flavor is not only mild, it is sweet? That’s ‘Cloud Nine’. Produces beautiful oval fruits in about 75 days. (Seminis) W

Lettuce ‘Louisa MTO’ * A new Bibb type lettuce with thick, beautiful red tinted leaves forming erect, tight heads. ‘Louisa’ has a smooth texture and a delicious eating quality. Ideal for both spring and fall plantings. 56 days from seeding. (Harris) R

Pea, Snap ‘Sugar Sprint’ * Enjoy crunchy, sweet pods of ‘Sugar Sprint,’ a new stringless sugar snap pea. Choose ‘Sugar Sprint’ to replace older, stringed varieties like ‘Sugar Ann’ and ‘Sugar Bon’ and enjoy the same sweet flavor, without the strings. (Novartis) W

Pepper ‘Colossal’ * Enjoy meal-sized stuffed peppers of ‘Colossal,’ a new large to extra-large hybrid bell pepper. Outstanding yield and versatility. Thick walls and tall vigorous plant provide good cover all season delivering high quality red and green fruit. (Novartis) W

Sweet Corn Hybrid ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ * Finally, an SE sweet corn bred specifically for home gardening. A wonderful quality yellow sweet corn that produces big, luscious ears that all look and taste alike, but mature at different times! (Seminis) W

Sweet Corn Hybrid ‘Legend’ * Exclusively from Park Seed, this SE type combines creamy consistency, amazing sweet flavor, and excellent holding ability. In 68 days 7- 9″ ears are tightly packed with rich yellow kernels. Early, durable, and delicious. (Park) R

Sweet Corn ‘Serendipity’ * This first TripleSweet™ brand boasts unique combination of enhanced flavor and longer shelf life. This bicolor produces a slightly tapered 8″ ear filled to the tip with up to 18 rows of sweet, tender kernels in about 82 days. (Novartis) W

What you have in your mind?