Top New Blue, Pink, and Purple Annuals for 2012

Be the first on your block to grow these brand-new flowers that are more beautiful and easy-to-grow than ever.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson


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Petchoa Supercal Pink Ice
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SuperCal Pink Ice Petchoa

    A cross between a petunia and a calibrachoa, this flower-packed annual is ideal for hanging baskets or mixed in containers. SuperCal Pink Ice offers clear pink flowers with creamy throats. This cascading annual blooms from May until frost, so plant it anywhere you want to have full-season color. Plus, it's heat-tolerant and easy-care. Faded flowers fall off, so there's no deadheading.

    Name: SuperCal Pink Ice Petchoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil

    Size: 10-15 inches tall and wide

    Grow it with: Breathless euphorbia, an airy plant with white flowers that looks great with the petunia

    Source: Look for Supercal Pink Ice petchoa at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena

    The blooms on this outstanding new verbena variety are shocking! Superbena Royale Iced Cherry offers hot pink flowers that have a decidedly blue tint in the centers. The bold colors blend well with deep, rich purple and burgundy shades. With a mounding and trailing habit, this variety is an excellent choice for hanging baskets or to spill over the edge of mixed-container plantings.

    Name: Superbena Royale Iced Cherry Verbena

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 18-24 inches wide

    Grow It With: Purple-leaf coleus or elepant's ears

    Source: Watch for this variety at your local garden center or find a retailer near you at provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: No

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Precision Geranium Series

    Ivy geraniums offer gardeners more colorful options for hanging containers and window boxes. The new Precision series provides uniformity among the 14 colors (ranging from dark burgundy to bright red to pretty pink), so you can mix and match them in containers and they'll grow the same way. This geranium is an early bloomer and produces large double blooms that hold themselves above mounded green leaves.

    Name: Precision series Pelargonium

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 10-12 inches tall, 14-18 inches wide

    Grow It With: Other Precision geraniums

    Source: Look for Precision geraniums at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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Superbells Cherry Star Calibrachoa

    Talk about flashy! This new calibrachoa features loads of cherry-pink blooms etched with bright yellow. This eager, cascading annual trails from 2 to 4 feet, offering abundant flowers for hanging baskets, window boxes, and planters. It's super carefree, too: You don't have to deadhead old flowers or pinch back stems to encourage new growth. Just plant this beauty and watch it grow. Cherry Star can take hot weather and is fairly drought-tolerant; water only when the top of the soil feels dry.

    Name: Superbells Cherry Star Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 24-48 inches wide

    Grow It With: Yellow celosia

    Source: Watch for Superbells Cherry Star at your local garden center or find a retailer near you at provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: No

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Presto Geranium Series

    Summer just isn't summer without a container (or two or three) of geraniums. This quintessential flower adds color and texture to patios and porches. The Presto series features compact, dark-leafed zonal geraniums that bloom in a palette of colors including deep red, pink, coral, and white -- there are 12 hues in all. These geraniums perform like stars: They open with a strong first flush of flowers and maintain their good looks all summer. Colorful and reliable -- you can't ask for more.

    Name: Presto series Pelargonium

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 8-10 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Other geraniums or angelonia

    Source: Look for Presto geraniums at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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Can-Can Rose Star Calibrachoa

    Imagine a beautiful sunset in flower form -- that's Can-Can Rose Star! This stunning mini petunia bears soft pink petals accented with light yellow to create a beautiful bloom that excels in containers and window boxes. Calibrachoas are the stars of summer, offering long-trailing, bloom-covered stems. Can-Can Rose Star will also lure pollinators, offering nectar to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

    Name: Can-Can Rose Star Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 10 -15 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Angelonia

    Source: Look for Can-Can Rose Star calibrachoa at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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Superbells Sweet Tart Calibrachoa

    A knockout plant for hanging baskets or large containers, Superbells Sweet Tart calibrachoa brings a candy-color shade of pink together with a soft yellow throat. The combination is stunning -- perfect for mixing with other pastels or bolder colors. It's an excellent variety for attracting hummingbirds, and it blooms all summer long -- even after a light frost.

    Name: Superbells Sweet Tart Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 24-48 inches wide

    Grow It With: Yellow nemesia

    Source: shop.provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: No

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Superbena Peachy Keen Verbena

    An annual with real flower power, Superbena Peachy Keen is a standout in hanging baskets and large containers. This vigorous heat- and mildew-tolerant verbena hybrid also performs well in landscape beds because Superbena Peachy Keen tolerates dry soils. This naturally well-branched plant responds well to trimming back to encourage additional branching, fuller plants, and more flowers.

    Name: Superbena Royale Peachy Keen Verbena

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 18-24 inches wide

    Grow It With: Coral petunias or yellow calibrachoas

    Source: shop.provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: No

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'Summer Jewel Pink' Salvia

    This All-America Selections winner is a prolific-blooming pink salvia that's a stunning addition to beds, borders, and containers. 'Summer Jewel Pink' blooms earlier than other pink salvias, giving you a jump on a colorful garden. Hummingbirds love salvia and will hover with excitement around 'Summer Jewel Pink' blossoms. (They like pink blossoms as much as they do red.) The plant has a compact, upright growth habit, making it an excellent bedding plant. It also performs well as a stunning stand-alone plant in a container. It blooms in late spring through fall.

    Name: Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Pink'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 10-24 inches tall

    Grow It With: Other annual salvias

    Source: Watch for 'Summer Jewel Pink' salvia at your local garden center

    Available from seed: Yes

    Image courtesy of All-America Selections

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Cuphoric Pink Cuphea

    Cuphoric Pink features unique small leaves smothered with small fan-shape pink flowers on arching stems. This flower-packed semitrailing annual is ideal for mixed containers. Pot it up with other heat-loving annuals, because Cuphoric Pink thrives in summer's hottest days and is drought-tolerant as well. This flower-covered annual is perfect for pastel-theme combinations.

    Name: Cuphoric Pink Cuphea ramosissima

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-12 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: White petunia

    Source: Look for Cuphoric Pink cuphea at your local garden center.

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Lanai Twister Pink Verbena

    A gorgeous pink verbena for containers, Lanai Twister Pink is part of the Lanai verbena series. This heat-loving tender perennial (it's hardy in Zones 9-11 and considered an annual everywhere else) is also easy-care. You don't need to deadhead its eye-catching pink-and-white flowers to keep plants blooming. A butterfly attractant, Lanai Twister Pink lures monarchs and swallowtails to patio containers where you can admire these winged wonders up close. Use Twister Pink as a spiller in containers -- it has a trailing growth habit, standing 4-10 inches tall and spreading 12-18 inches.

    Name: Lanai Twister Pink Verbena

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 4-10 inches tall, 20-24 inches wide

    Grow It With: Purple or white verbena

    Source: Look for Lanai Twister Pink at your local garden center.

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Callie Star Pink Calibrachoa

    Offering a new color for calibrachoas, 'Callie Star Pink' is white and pink and lightly pinwheeled. This annual is ideal for containers needing a bit of pink pizzazz. 'Callie Star Pink' features rich green foliage. It's ideal for patio and porch containers because it blooms nonstop all summer, and it's highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Keep containers well watered during hot weather.

    Name: Callie Star Pink Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6 inches tall and 12-14 inches wide

    Grow It With: White or yellow petunia

    Source: Look for Callie Star Pink calibrachoa at your local garden center.

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Artemisia 'Parfum d' Ethiopia'

    This new-for-2012 silver-leafed beauty looks beautiful with everything thanks to its soft, fine-texture, ferny foliage. It's more than a delight to the eyes, though --- you'll love the plant's sweet fragrance, too. Be sure to site it where you'll be able to brush your hand over the leaves to release the smell!

    Name: Artemisia 'Parfum d' Ethiopia'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Anything!

    Source: Look for Artemisia 'Parfum d' Ethiopia' at your local garden center.

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Supertunia White Russian Petunia

    A white petunia with great visual dimension, Supertunia White Russian features antique-white petals with dark chocolate to black veins and center. It's a striking filler in mixed containers or a lovely stand-alone plant. White Russian attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. An easy-care annual, it is heat- and drought-tolerant and doesn't require deadheading. Add this overachieving variety to hanging baskets or window boxes, where its frothy blooms can cascade up to 3 feet long!

    Name: Supertunia White Russian Petunia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 24-36 inches wide

    Grow It With: Chocolate sweet potato vine, annual grasses

    Source: shop.provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: Yes

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Uchu Ornamental Pepper

    It's tough to beat ornamental peppers for big summer color. Uchu is a new variety for 2012 that offers exceptionally beautiful variegated foliage topped to red, orange, and yellow fruits. Grow this stunner all by itself in containers or mix it with other plants in landscape beds and borders.

    Name: Uchu Capsicum

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 10 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Purple millet

    Source: Watch for Uchu ornamental pepper at your local garden center

    Available from seed: Yes

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Cabaret Pink Vein Calibrachoa

    A showy mini petunia with a deep rose-pink hue, Cabaret Pink Vein offers gorgeous, eye-catching color and a long-trailing growth habit for hanging baskets and window boxes. The little petunialike flower features light pink petals with rose veining and center. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to all calibrachoas -- and prefer flowers in pink and red hues. This well-branched trailing annual is self-cleaning, so no deadheading!

    Name: Cabaret Pink Vein Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 10-12 inches wide

    Grow It With: Angelonia

    Source: Watch for Cabaret Pink Vein calibrachoa at your local garden center

    Available from seed: No

17/28
Akila Series Osteospermum

    Cheery osteospermums add continuous color to beds and containers all through spring. The new Akila series offers three stunning shades: Purple, White, and Lavender. Plants are full, well-branched, and produce flower after flower. Akila (which means ?beautiful? in Swahili) is very drought-tolerant once established.

    Name: Akila series Osteospermum ecklonis

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 16-20 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Yellow Supertunia

    Source: Watch for Akila osteospermums at your local garden center

    Available from seed: No

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3D Series Osteospermum

    You don't need 3D glasses to see the gorgeous multidimensional beauty of these new osteospermums. The 3D series offers three stunning hues: '3D Purple', '3D Pink', and '3D Silver'. Flowers stay open all day and night. The tufted blooms feature a frilly center surrounded by single petals. This long-trailing osteospermum is ideal for window boxes and hanging baskets. It's also great for early spring, late spring, and early summer containers because osteospermum prefers cool weather.

    Name: 3D Series Osteospermum

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 12-16 inches tall, 18-24 inches wide

    Grow It With: Petunia

    Source: Watch for 3D osteospermums at your local garden center

    Available from seed: No

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Archangel Angelonia Series

    Angelonia adds thrilling large flowers and color to summer containers and garden beds. The Archangel series offers one of the largest of Angelonia flowers -- a spike of glowing bloom. The series feature four vibrant angelonias: Purple (shown), Pink, Raspberry, and White. These plants thrive in extreme heat, can take high humidity, and stand up to drought. Plant Archangel angelonia in mass in the landscape for a sweep of rich color. Or tuck plants into containers and window boxes as bright fillers with mixed plantings. These annuals bloom all summer, right up to frost.

    Name: Archangel series Angelonia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 12-14 inches tall, 10-12 inches wide

    Grow It With: Dusty miller and nasturtium

    Source: BHG Garden Store

    Available from seed: No

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Superbells Grape Punch Calibrachoa

    Featuring flowers unlike any calibrachoa we've seen before, Superbells Grape Punch is a knockout that shows off rich purple blooms and a dark, nearly black throat. It looks fantastic all on its own filling a hanging basket or spilling out the sides of a container. Or mix it with bright oranges and yellows for a showstopping combo.

    Name: Superbells Grape Punch Calibrachoa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 6-10 inches tall, 24-48 inches wide

    Grow It With: Yellow zinnia or celosia

    Source: shop.provenwinners.com

    Available from seed: No

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Kauai Series Wishbone Flower

    The dimensional, showy blooms of wishbone flower are container favorites. Now there's a better torenia. New for 2012 is the Kauai series, which features more compact and better-branched plants. They're fast-growing, too. There are six varieties in the Kauai series: 'Burgundy', 'Deep Blue', 'Magenta', 'Lemon Drop', 'White', and 'Rose'. The 8-inch-tall plants look like miniature gloxinias. Their deep petal color contrasts with their white-yellow throats to make these beauties standouts in garden beds and containers. Beautiful but tough, plants can take heat and humidity, too.

    Name: Kauai Series Torenia

    Growing Conditions: Partial sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 8 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Impatiens

    Source: Look for Kauai wishbone flowers at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: Yes

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Picnic Violet Petunia

    You're sure to love this little miniature petunia! It's a fast-grower that produces loads of brilliant blue-purple flowers all the way through fall. It has a semi-trailing habit, making it a stunner in both hanging baskets and to fill landscape beds and borders with plenty of summer color.

    Name: Picnic Violet Petunia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 8-12 inches tall

    Grow It With: Bidens

    Source: Look for Picnic Violet petunia at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

23/28
Aztec Burgundy Verbena

    A verbena flower is a miniature bouquet: It's actually a cluster of a dozen or more small blooms. Aztec Burgundy verbena features a rich new hue for summer: deep red petals surrounding distinctive white eyes. This verbena looks great in containers; it's nicely mounded and trails up to 1-1/2 feet. Aztec Burgundy stands up to heat and humidity, as well as thrives in cooler temperatures. It won't fade; it maintains its deep, velvety red color all summer. This verbena has excellent tolerance to powdery mildew. It blooms from spring through fall.

    Name: Aztec Burgundy Verbena

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 8-10 inches tall, 12-18 inches and wide

    Grow it with: Geranium

    Source: Watch for Aztec Burgundy verbena at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

24/28
'Black Olive' Ornamental Pepper

    This ornamental pepper is an All-America Selections winner in the flower category because it's so darn cute. Leaves are bronze-purple, and the erect plant is dotted with purple-black peppers that mature to a fiery red. It's a surprising addition to containers or window boxes and can be used as a colorful garden edger.

    Name: Capsicum annuum 'Black Olive'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 18-20 inches tall, 12-15 inches wide

    Grow It With: Green sweet potato vine

    Source: Look for 'Black Olive' ornamental pepper at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: Yes

    Image courtesy All-America Selections

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Royal Hawaiian 'Black Coral' Elephant Ears

    Big leaves with gorgeous dark foliage, 'Black Coral' will add mystery and excitement to your garden. An ideal accent plant when combined with red and chartreuse flowers and foliage, this big, showy elephant ears produces elegant, glossy leaves with electric blue veins. It has a tidy clumping growth habit, so it's ideal to use in mass plantings or containers. Plant several so you can to use their unusual leaves in cut-flower arrangements. This bulb is a perennial in warm climates (Zones 7-11); in colder areas, bring the bulb indoors over winter and plant it again in spring.

    Name: Royal Hawaiian Colocasia esculenta 'Black Coral'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide

    Grow It With: Chartreuse elephant ears or sweet potato vine

    Source: Watch for Royal Hawaiian Black Coral elephant's ears at your local garden center

    Available from seed: No

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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'Patchwork Lavender' Impatiens

    'Patchwork Lavender' impatiens offers beautiful, single-petal flowers with a deep dual-color effect. 'Patchwork Lavender' has pink petals with a lavender center, making the flowers seem more textural, more colorful, and more dimensional. These low-maintenance plants feature dark green, nicely mounded foliage. 'Patchwork Lavender' is ideal for shady baskets, mixed containers, and landscapes. Plants are well-branched and spread nicely.

    Name: Impatiens walleriana 'Patchwork Lavender'

    Growing Conditions: Shade and well-drained soil

    Size: 10-16 inches tall, 12-14 inches wide

    Grow It With: Begonia

    Source: Look for Patchwork Lavender impatiens at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: Yes

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Monarch Series Ageratum

    The Monarch series of ageratums is aptly named, because butterflies love this plant -- including, of course, the orange-and-black monarch butterfly. Varieties include Grande and Mediano, whose range of bloom colors includes blues, purples, whites, and mauves. The Monarch series ageratums are larger than other types, making them ideal for flowerbeds, containers, and even cut flowers (which last seven to 10 days in the vase). These varieties love the heat and sun -- and are easy-care because they require no deadheading. They're definitely a fun upgrade from old-fashioned ageratums.

    Name: Monarch series Ageratum houstonianum

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 14-30 inches tall

    Grow It With: Sweet alyssum and salvia

    Source: Look for Monarch ageratums at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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