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.

Peek-a-Boo Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia), Zones 4 to 9

Russian sage is an easy-care favorite, but many -varieties can get too big for some spaces. Peek-a-Blue’s -compact habit, on the other hand, makes it perfect for urban gardens or small spaces. Expect it to grow about 2 feet tall when in full bloom. The lavender-blue flowers shine from -midsummer straight into autumn.

Why we love it: Lacy, silver-green leaves grow on silver stems and are irresistible.

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