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5 new ornamentals to plant in 2017

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I love this time of year. I have seedlings growing indoors and I’m busy planning what’s going to go outdoors. There are perennial gardens with holes to fill, container combos to dream up, and raised beds to plant full of edibles. Being a garden writer, I get a sneak peek at a lot of plants before they appear in stores. For the new ornamentals I’ve chosen for 2017, some of them I’m growing myself for the first time, some I saw recently at the California Spring Trials, and one I got to trial in my containers last year.

Here are 5 new ornamentals to plant in 2017

Canadian Shield™ rose
This rose got a lot of buzz at Canada Blooms this past March. It is the first rose from the 49th Parallel Collection to be launched from Canada’s National Hardy Rose Program, part of the Ontario-based Vineland Research & Innovation Centre. This rose is hardy to zone 3 and was bred to be low-maintenance—it is self-cleaning and disease resistant. It will be available at various nurseries across Canada (call ahead as some places have already sold out), as well as at President’s Choice Lawn & Garden Centres.

Canadian Shield rose

Canadian Shield rose. Photo by PC Lawn & Garden

Above and Beyond rose
Since I don’t think Canadian Shield is available in the United States, let’s also talk about this zone 3 to 7 Above and Beyond climbing rose from First Editions. This eye-catching climbing rose is resistant to fungal disease and will apparently re-bloom sporadically throughout the summer.

Above and Beyond rose

Above and Beyond rose. Photo by First Editions

Vista Bubble Gum, Vista Fuchsia, and Vista Silverberry Supertunias
I’ve grown Supertunias from Proven Winners in various containers for the last couple of years and they LOVE my sunny front yard. Last year I planted a container with the Vista series varieties listed above and they were so prolific, it was hard to get the whole container in the picture! I grew lemongrass in the centre for height (instead of a dracaena) because it’s a great Garden BFF—edible AND ornamental!

Vista Supertunias

Vista Supertunias

Date Night™ Crimson Kisses Weigela
Because this year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, there is much talk about planting red and white in the garden to celebrate. I’m excited to plant this weigela so I can add some red to the landscape. In Canada it is hardy to down to zone 4 and USDA hardy in zones 4 to 9. Apparently it remains nice and compact and will re-bloom throughout the season. In Canada, it’s available via Van Belle Nursery under the Bloomin’ Easy line and in the U.S., Monrovia carries it. I have one that I’m keeping in a sunny window, waiting to go into the garden.

Date Night Crimson Kisses Weigela

Date Night Crimson Kisses Weigela. Photo by Bloomin’ Easy

Phlox Popstars Rose with Eye
I fell in love with these blooms that look like fireworks at the Floranova booth at the California Spring Trials. They’re said to bloom from June through August and they are very heat tolerant. And, as the National Garden Bureau pointed out, these aren’t your Grandma’s flowers! Keep an eye out for this flashy plant at your local garden centre or sow them from seed.

Phlox Popstars Rose with Eye

Phlox Popstars Rose with Eye

What new ornamentals do you have your eye on?

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