Top 10 New Plants for 2013

These new plants made the top of our list in 2013. Check the list and add a few to your garden!

You know what I love about the gardening world? The excitement everyone exudes over new plants. It’s incredible when you think about it. Green coneflowers, black petunias, reblooming lilacs, dwarf forsythias—all of these downright fascinating varieties and so many more have been introduced in the past decade.

It wasn’t easy to narrow down all the 2013 delights to just 10 favorites, but it was a challenge I was happy to tackle. Keep in mind that the varieties mentioned here might take a few years to hit your local garden center. But even if you can’t find them yet, go out and do a little research to discover what new and intriguing options are available for your backyard right now. And keep these 10 newbies in your back pocket for future exploring.

Sparks Will Fly Begonia (Begonia x hybrida), Annual

Bored with the usual reds, purples and pinks? Then try this begonia, with tangerine blooms against rich dark-green foliage. It will grow about 12 inches high and wide, with blooms lasting through spring and summer.

Why we love it: This one is made for the shade. Plant it in a sunless corner of a flower bed or put it in a container to brighten up a dark patio. It’s not picky.

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