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.

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower

This new and improved Butterfly Kisses purple -coneflower has shorter, sturdier stems that won’t topple over as they grow, even with the weight of the double pompon blooms. It’s a more compact plant than classic coneflowers, but still boasts nearly 3-inch flowers. Butterfly Kisses is tougher than its name, preferring full sun but tolerating a little shade and less-than-ideal soil conditions.

Why we love it: Purple coneflowers are a garden -staple, enticing butterflies all summer and then -feeding the birds as the seed heads dry out in fall.

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