7 new-release flowers to plant right now
Looking for something to fill a gap in your garden? Try one of these beauties that have recently become available.
'Love Me and Leave Me' roses were bred to be an easy-care hedge option – simply plant in full sun and provide food and water. Once flowering is finished, cut back and watch them reflower again and again. They're from Enrich with Nature and available at garden retailers nationwide.
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Cherry Cheesecake' is a hardy, deciduous perennial with large (17cm wide) flowers from midsummer to autumn.
Flowers have ruffled petals with a raspberry centre, veins and petal edges.
Plants grow up to 1.5m high and prefer full sun. From the Proven Winners range at garden retailers nationwide.
Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Lavender' from the 'Pardon My' series is a compact selection of bee balm that grows just 45cm high.
The series also includes 'Pardon My Purple', 'Pardon My Pink' and 'Pardon My Cerise'. A hardy perennial, it withstands snow and frost, and offers good resistance to powdery mildew.
Flowers from midsummer. From the Proven Winners range at garden retailers.
Prunella 'Freelander Mix' is a hardy, fast-growing perennial ground cover (to 18cm) that flowers in spring and summer from its first year of sowing.
It grows in full sun to part shade and is attractive to bees.
From Egmont Seeds.
Scilla ramburei is a showy dwarf bulb, with bright blue to pale lilac-blue flowers about 1cm in diameter.
Plant in a sunny spot in free-draining soil for spring flowering.
This is a hardy species, available from Wake Robin Nursery.
Primula sikkimensis has large, fragrant, bell-shaped pale yellow flowers above dense rosettes of crinkled and toothed leaves. Its strong stems grow 60cm high.
This a rare species, native to the wet meadows of the Himalayas, and a hardy, long-lived perennial.
Flowers October/November to December. From Wake Robin Nursery.
Moraea huttonii has large iris-like scented flowers on 90cm stalks on a clump of long, evergreen, arching leaves (to 150cm). Flowers in spring and often summer. Grow in consistently moist soil and full sun. From Owairaka Seeds.
- NZ Gardener