Blooms of Bressingham presents colourful sun lovers

In ‘What’s NEW for 2012’ Blooms of Bressingham from Sacramento, CA in the US presents the colourful sun lovers  Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ and ‘Pretty Lady Emily’, Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Rivulet’, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Sweet Marmalade’, Kniphofia ‘Elvira’ and Verbena ‘Seabrook’s Lavender’.

Anemone hupehensis ‘Pretty Lady Diana’ and ‘Pretty Lady Emily’ are described as reliable and sturdy performers, offering a big improvement in garden and container performance compared to older, taller varieties. They feature a dwarf habit that’s just 16 inches tall and spread to 24 inches when mature. Showy masses of large 2-inch pink flowers bloom for weeks in autumn. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. From Mr. Yoshihiro Kanazawa, Japan.

Campanula poscharskyana ‘Blue Rivulet’ is a selection from Adrian Bloom. It’s not only prolific, but long flowering, too! Smothered in star-shaped flowers, its low, spreading habit is more compact than Campanula Blue Waterfall. Perfect for a smaller garden and container combos. Height is 6 to 7 inches and width is 10 to 12 inches. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9.

Coreopsis verticillata ‘Sweet Marmalade’ has stunning blooms that open deep orange, then mellow to soft apricot yellow. Flowers bloom on and on June through September in full sun. A sport of Coreopsis ‘Creme Brulee, another popular Blooms variety. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. Prefers well-drained soils.

Kniphofia ‘Elvira’ is a showstopper in the garden with single bright orange spikes of thick stems in June to early autumn.A great specimen plant and cut flower that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Height is 30 inches and spread is 14 inches. USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9. From Paul Stringer in the UK.

Verbena ‘Seabrook’s Lavender’ is a vivacious “vervain” that sprouts large flowers aplenty. A low-growing, spreading plant, its blooms put on a show from June until late September. Height is 3 inches, spread is 22 inches. A tender perennial well worth growing even if it’s not hardy in your zone. Discovered by UK gardening journalist and broadcaster Peter Seabrook in his garden.USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to10; AHS Heat Zones 12 to 1.