MEET THE 2023 ANNUAL OF THE YEAR™ TRUFFULA™ PINK GOMPHRENA
Get ready for seasonlong fireworks! This unique annual combines good looks with grit as it acts as a vertical exclamation point in your containers and landscape. Don’t let its whimsical looks fool you—Truffula Pink globe amaranth is one tough, heat and drought tolerant plant. This freewheeling bloomer produces a plethora of hot pink blossoms on airy, upright stems all season long. You’ll have plenty to clip and enjoy in long-lasting fresh and dried bouquets. Plan on your neighbors ringing the doorbell to ask, “What are those gorgeous flowers?”
The Annual of the Year is easy for everyone to grow, regardless of their experience level. It shouldn’t take an expert to grow beautiful flowers.
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PERFECT FOR BASKETS AND CONTAINERS
This award-winning annual grows beautifully in hanging baskets as well as upright patio containers and window boxes.
OUTSTANDING LANDSCAPE PERFORMANCE
Not just for containers, the Annual of the Year also delivers a knockout performance when planted in landscapes.
MEET THE 2023 CALADIUM
OF THE YEAR HEART TO HEART® ‘SCARLET FLAME’ CALADIUM
Turn up the heat with ‘Scarlet Flame’! When you need a plant to put on the glitz in sun or shade, turn to this truly spectacular caladium. Take in its vivid scarlet red leaves liberally marked with hot pink speckles and a bright green edge and imagine how it will enjoy the spotlight in your containers and landscape. There’s nothing better than Heart to Heart caladiums to bring the warm feel of the tropics to your garden.
MEET THE 2023 PERENNIAL
OF THE YEAR™ DOLCE® ‘WILDBERRY’ HEUCHERA
‘Wildberry’ is always in season! Its royal purple, broad, glossy leaves are hard to miss as you walk through your garden and since this coral bells is evergreen in many climates, you’ll get to enjoy it all year long. As if its regal color isn’t enough of a draw, the ruffled foliage adds contrast and texture, too. Use it in containers, dot it throughout your landscape, or create a focal point with this vibrant perennial. It checks all the boxes on your wish list!
MEET THE 2023 HOSTA
OF THE YEAR™ SHADOWLAND® ‘EMPRESS WU’ HOSTA
Looking to make a big impression? This royal hosta has an aura of great standing and is the largest known hosta available today. It forms a gigantic mound of huge, leathery textured, green leaves that can measure as much as 1 ½ feet wide and long. Its emerging summer blooms are a bonus, attracting both hummingbirds and pollinating bees. If you are looking for a plant with character, you can be sure that ‘Empress Wu’ will make a lasting impression.
MEET THE 2023 FLOWERING SHRUB
OF THE YEAR™ LET’S DANCE CAN DO® HYDRANGEA MACROPHYLLA X SERRATA
Innovation meets performance from top to bottom on this remarkable hydrangea. Unlike other varieties which only have flower buds near the tips of their branches, Let’s Dance Can Do! sets its flower buds along the entire length of its extra-cold hardy stems. That translates to dependable blooms every year. Feature it in your entryway and in your most visible garden beds to show off the lacy pink or lavender blossoms all summer long. If you’ve been reluctant to try a bigleaf hydrangea and have a can-do attitude, this one’s for you!
MEET THE 2023 ROSE
OF THE YEAR RINGO ALL STAR™ ROSA
This distinctive rose which blooms in shades of a summer sunrise will make you smile every time you pass by. Its single flowers emerge melon-orange then quickly transition to a blend of pink and lavender, lending a multicolored effect to the whole plant. A cherry red eye and sunny yellow stamens in the center of each blossom draw pollinators in like a magnet. Beyond its good looks, this easy care, perpetually blooming shrub rose performs reliably, retaining its healthy, disease resistant foliage without any special treatment.
MEET THE 2023 HYDRANGEA
OF THE YEAR LIMELIGHT PRIME® HYDRANGEA PANICULATA
It’s prime time to add some new hydrangeas to your landscape! Limelight Prime panicle hydrangea has all the features you love about ‘Limelight’ but with a major boost to its garden performance. An earlier bloom time, stronger stems that stay upright and richer fall color are just a few reasons you’ll enjoy this improved hydrangea. We’ve retained the huge mopheads of distinctive lime green blossoms which mature to creamy white. But you’ll be amazed how they finish to a rich punch pink color when cooler weather arrives in fall. This beautiful classic has gone prime time!
MEET THE 2023 LANDSCAPE
SHRUB OF THE YEAR™ PURPLE PILLAR® HIBISCUS
You’ve never seen a rose of Sharon like this before! If you thought you’d never have enough space for this colorful summer bloomer, think again. The narrow, columnar habit of Purple Pillar makes it easy to squeeze into tight spaces in your landscape and forms a perfect hedge. This shrub is packed with showy lavender purple blossoms that attract all sorts of pollinators but thankfully, not deer. Everyone needs a durable, easy to grow shrub like this!
MEET THE 2023 HOUSEPLANT OF THE YEAR™ FEELING FLIRTY™ TRADESCANTIA
Flirt with color to brighten your interior spaces! You’ll love this tropical plant’s variegated foliage which looks as if someone has used a paintbrush to add silky green stripes to the pink leaves. It’ll add a vibrant tease of color to your kitchen, living room, powder room or office where it will flourish in bright direct or indirect light. This easy care houseplant can also be used in containers outdoors where it will shine all on its own or in combination with other tidy plants.
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