We love anything and everything that has to do with gardening, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we get really excited when we have the opportunity to offer new plants to our customers at Bedner’s. This year, we’re introducing several new annuals and perennials that we think you’ll love just as much as we do!
The Digiplexis is a new hybrid of the ever-popular foxglove. It has lots of flower power with stunning stalks covered in coral-colored tubular blooms. The plant is big, long-blooming and the colors are simply striking! The plant is fast growing and sterile, meaning it doesn’t go to seed, leaving more energy for the plant to become large and bushy. It’s full-size height is 36 inches tall and 18 inches wide and it grows in orderly, densely packed rows, making it a great addition for lining walkways or outlining plant beds. Flowering begins as early as April and continues all summer long. This plant does best in full sun or part shade and needs moist well-drained soil to prosper.
Begonia Lucky Strike
The Begonia Lucky Strike is best recognized for its bright and beautiful single and semi-double apricot blooms surrounded by large serrated deep green foliage. Each bloom boasts petals 3 to 4 inches wide, which is much larger than many other Begonias. The Lucky Strike first blooms in late spring and throughout the summer and is perfectly suited to continue blooming throughout the fall if planted in a container. The plant forms symmetrical, neat mounds of about 10 to 14 inches high and up to 20 inches wide and is perfect for baskets, flower pots and window boxes. In Western Pennsylvania, this plant will thrive in full sun and is quite resistant to drought.
The Anemone Pocahontas is another new plant to Bedner’s and we think it will make a great addition to our existing Anemones. The Pocahontas features double-flowered bubble-gum blossoms that are vigorous, growing quickly to a full size of 12-18 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. The Pocahontas is great for borders, foundations, containers and small urban gardens. If container planting, a single Pocahontas plant can easily and quickly fill a one or two gallon container. The strong stalks, make it great for cutting.
Astilbe Chocolate Shogun
This award-winning native plant of Japan is easy to identify by its dark chocolate/maroon leaves and blush-hued flower spikes. The Chocolate Shogun prefers to be planted in shade and is great for woodland borders or ground cover. Soil conditions should be kept moist or wet and the plant will require supplemental watering during periods of drought.
The Heucherella Leapfrog is a fun leafy perennial with bright chartreuse foliage with burgundy centers that mellow to green with purple centers in the summer. The plant also features ivory, bottlebrush-like flowers. The Leapfrog is mostly grown for its attractive foliage and year-long garden interest. With a max height of 10 to 12 inches, this plant is great for areas where a low-lying plant is needed like in the front row of flower beds or as a filler around higher plants. The Leapfrog is an easy to grow mounding plant and typically spreads to about 18 to 24 inches wide. This plant thrives in both sun and shade, making it very versatile.