Petal Power

Bursting with color and brimming with personality, these new blooming beauties are sure to get a few jealous looks from their fellow flowers.

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    Chrysanthemum

    With absolutely no pinching, this late-summer bloomer boasts a dense canopy of up to 5,000 pastel coral, daisylike flowers over a five-week period.

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    Delphinium

    Double your pleasure with 'Pagan Purples.' One of the first truly double delphiniums, it sports petal-packed racemes of glistening blue to mauve flowers.

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    Allium

    Exploding in rich pink, canary yellow, and creamy white, 'Fireworks Display' sparkles in midsummer gardens -- like a burst of fireworks, the outer blooms bend down while the inner ones stand up.

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    Lily

    Combining the best of Oriental and trumpet lilies, 'Silk Road' has 8- to 10-inch-wide white blooms with crimson throats and a fragrance that will waft through the entire garden.

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    Verbena

    For a dry, desolate garden corner or a patio planting that needs a little pizzazz, call on 'Babylon Blue' for an infusion of deep blue, almost purple, color.

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    Fuchsia

    Pretty in pastels, 'Shadow Dancer Ginger' is an elegant new fuchsia with flowers made up of coral-pink sepals and a single white corolla.

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    Geranium

    The new 'Galleria' geranium blooms right through the dog days of summer, making it great for baskets and containers where the lush green foliage can cascade over the edges.

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    Coneflower

    Just like no two sunsets are alike, no two flowers from this new hybrid, 'Cherokee Sunset,' are alike. It's a long lasting flower, so be sure to plant extras for bouquets.

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    Sweet Pea

    Breeding often stifles the heavenly perfume of sweet peas, but that's not the case with 'April in Paris.' An intoxicating mix of orange-blossom and honey scents radiate from its ruffled cream-color flowers.

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    Spider Flower

    Providing a sea of pink-hued summer blooms, 'Sparkler Bush,' which reaches a mature height of only 3 feet and a width of 3 feet, will make waves in any garden.

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