Many gardener’s save space in their home garden so they can try out a new plant each year. Others like to uproot and give away old plants so they can try the newest item to come out of the nursery each year. Whichever category you fit into, or if you’re just looking for something new and different, give some of these top new plants for 2017 a try.
Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’
Also called Japanese spikenard, this herbaceous perennial produces showy white flowers from July through September. This new plant grows well in partial shade, attracts birds and will regrow after deer have eaten the blooms and leaves. Hardy in USDA growing zones 4-8.
Red Elf Coreopsis
The smallest and most compact variety of the popular coreopsis plant yet. This new plant will reach a mature height of 8-12 inches and produce a larger bloom than old coreopsis varieties. The bloom has a yellow center with white-tipped red petals and last from spring through fall. This deer resistant native plant is easy to grow and attracts butterflies and bees. Hardy in USDA growing zones 5-9.
Deep red petals with orange centers set atop strong stems and fill the spring air with fragrance. This new, fire engine red blooming peony produces 6 inch wide flowers on 3 feet tall plants. The strong stems make this a great cutting flower. Plants remain green all summer. Hardy in most growing zones.
Dragon Eye Pine
Slow-growing evergreen tree that will reach a mature height of 30 feet. The green needles of the Dragon Eye pine are marked with bands of yellow and dark green, giving the tree the appearance of having ‘eyes’. The fissured bark contains shade of gray and orange to offset the brown, making it an interesting characteristic of the pine tree too. Good for planting as a windbreak or specimen tree. Hardy in most growing zones.
Lavalamp Flare Hydrangea
Small and compact, this new hydrangea will reach a mature size of 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. But what makes it stand out is the bloom color – white blooms age to a brighter red-pink. Blooms make great cut flowers and the plant puts on a spectacular fall foliage display. Hardy in USDA growing zone 3-10.
Autumn Moon Japanese Maple
Small deciduous tree that is good for big color in small spaces. New leaves open as yellowish-orange with underlying tones of salmon and chartreuse and hold their color until fall. In fall the leaves turn brilliant shades of red and gold. Slow growing tree will reach a mature size of 12 feet and 6 feet wide. Autumn Moon Japanerse Maple enjoys full sun and is hardy in USDA growing zones 5-7.