New Varieties: Red, Orange, and Yellow Annuals for 2012

These new-for-2012 annuals offer bright, beautiful flowers on easy-care plants that will fill your garden with warm, summery colors. Look for them at your local garden center.

By Karen Weir-Jimerson


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Lantana Bandana Light Yellow
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'Bandana Light Yellow' Lantana

    Part of the beautiful Bandana series of lantana, Light Yellow offers large lemony flowers for gardeners who are seeking a beautiful and easy-care plant. Light Yellow grows in an attractive mounded shape, so it looks good in landscape borders, flowerbeds, and containers. Light Yellow also attracts natural pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. This showy lantana blooms consistently all summer.

    Name: Bandana Light Yellow Lantana camara

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 12-26 inches tall, 12-24 inches wide

    Grow It With: Angelonia

    Source: Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

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'Lucky Lemon Glow' Lantana

    'Lucky Lemon Glow' adds glowing brightness to landscapes and containers. This sunny lantana features a mix of white and yellow flowers that cover this low-maintenance, butterfly-attracting plant. It stands up to heat, humidity, and other climatically stressful conditions, yet it keeps blooming happily along. 'Lucky Lemon Glow' grows 12-16 inches tall in a upright, mounded form. It's ideal for small-space gardens and containers.

    Name: Lantana camara 'Lucky Lemon Glow'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

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

    Grow It With: Yellow petunias

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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'Flame Thrower' Nasturtium

    What's old is new again! This showy nasturtium is actually an heirloom. Originally introduced in 1903, 'Flame Thrower' is back and offers nasturtium lovers something new: a beautiful cut-leaf petal and stunning hot color. The mix of red, yellow, and orange flowers on this fast-growing trailing annual is ideal for beds, window boxes, and containers -- plus, it can climb a small structure. 'Flame Thrower' blooms nonstop all summer but doesn't set seed, so it won't become invasive in your garden next year. Add the bright-color petals of 'Flame Thrower' to salads or soups: This peppery-flavor flower is as tasty as it is pretty.

    Name: Tropaeolum majus 'Flame Thrower'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 10-12 inches tall, 3-4 feet wide

    Grow It With: Blue salvia

    Source: burpee.com

    Available from seed: Yes

    Image courtesy burpee.com

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'Center Stage' Impatiens

    New 'Center Stage' offers shade gardeners a bright new addition for sun-challenged spaces. This intense-color impatiens features single flowers in bright red surrounded by lush, lovely variegated foliage. The mid-green leaves are overlaid in shades of lime and gold. Brighten porches and patios with this colorful combination of red petals surrounded by two-tone foliage. Impatiens makes an ideal bedding plant beneath trees and shrubs. It's also stunning in containers.

    Name: Impatiens walleriana 'Center Stage'

    Growing Conditions: Shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall, 12 inches wide

    Grow It With: Begonia

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: No

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Mexican Gold Semi-Double Bidens

    A new denser, more controlled bidens, Mexican Gold Semi-Double offers large, semidouble flowers (with eight petals). This fast-growing, golden-yellow, semitrailing plant is ideal for combination planters and mixed baskets. The dark green, ferny leaves are attractive, too.

    Name: Mexican Gold Semi-Double Bidens ferulifolia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

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

    Grow It With: Geranium

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

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'Wasabi' Coleus

    This showstopping, hot lime-green coleus is appropriately named 'Wasabi'. Bred for beauty in beds, borders, and containers, it turns on the lights from every angle. 'Wasabi' bears large serrated, almond-shape leaves. As a stand-alone in a container or combined with other annuals in a bed or border, 'Wasabi' stands out in the garden and landscape. Leaves hold their bright color without fading or spotting. Plants have presence, growing 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall. They create a glowy mound of foliage that can be seen from far away (think curb appeal!).

    Name: Solenostemon 'Wasabi'

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade and well-drained soil

    Size: 18-28 inches tall, 16-28 inches wide

    Grow It With: Begonia

    Source: BHG Garden Store

    Available from seed: No

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'First Yellow' Geranium

    A yellow geranium? It's happened! 'First Yellow' goes on record as the first and only yellow geranium available. This breakthrough in plant breeding is a treasure for geranium lovers. This double-bloomed geranium bears sunny 1-inch flowers all summer. Use in beds and containers.

    Name: 'First Yellow' Pelargonium

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

    Size: To 15 inches tall and 18 inches wide

    Grow It With: Pink petunia, blue scaveola

    Source: burpee.com

    Available from seed: No

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'Pop Art Red and Yellow' Zinnia

    Pop art indeed! If Jackson Pollock had been a zinnia breeder, he might have produced this colorful bloom. Large double golden-yellow petals are streaked and spattered with vibrant red. Mass 'Pop Art Red and Yellow' in beds and borders to create sweeps of bold color. It's ideal for containers, too. Add extra plants to cut for bouquets all summer.

    Name: Zinnia elegans 'Pop Art Red and Yellow'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 2-3 feet tall, 12-16 inches tall

    Grow It With: French marigold

    Source: burpee.com

    Available from seed: Yes

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New Day Series Gazania

    It's indeed a new day for gazanias -- with bigger flowers, more attractive plants, and less maintenance. The New Day Series of five stunning gazanias features a vibrant mix of white, yellow, orange, pink, and rose-striped flowers. This new gazania is compact, drought-tolerant, and shows great adaptability to containers and hanging baskets. Use it in the garden, too -- as a pathway edger or planted in mass as a colorful groundcover.

    Name: New Day Series Gazania

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 8-10 inches tall, 6-8 inches wide

    Grow It With: Angelonia and geranium

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

    Available from seed: Yes

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Vogue Ruby Mandevilla

    The Vogue series of mandevillas is popular for its well-behaved, compact growth habits. Its form is mounded and draping, unlike traditional mandevillas, which are climbers. These mandevillas excel in the landscape even without a trellis. The newest member of the Vogue collection is Ruby, a stunning mandevilla that produces extra-large dark-red flowers that fan out with a propeller-shape twist. Mandevilla can grow throughout mild winters in warm locations. Elsewhere, bring it indoors before frost or treat it as an annual.

    Name: Vogue Ruby Mandevilla

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 18-30 inches tall

    Grow It With: White petunias or calibrachoa

    Source: Visit provenwinners.com to find a retailer near you.

    Available from seed: No

    Image courtesy National Green Centre

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'Sultana' Coleus

    With colorful coleus, it's all about the foliage. (Trust us, you won't even miss the flowers!) 'Sultana' is a versatile variety that can grow in sun or shade. 'Sultana' combines bright burgundy with eye-catching lime green -- on the same leaf. Pot up this showy coleus for instant impact on patios and porches. Easy-care, low-maintenance 'Sultana' requires regular watering, then just sit back and admire the foliage show.

    Name: Solenostemon 'Sultana'

    Growing Conditions: Partial shade and well-drained soil

    Size: 18-28 inches tall, 16-28 inches wide

    Grow It With: 'Wasabi' coleus

    Source: BHG Garden Store

    Available from seed: No

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'Moonstruck Lemon Yellow' Marigold

    Big. Yellow. Gorgeous! Lemon-yellow and petal-packed, this Moonstruck marigold offers 4-1/2-inch-wide double blooms. 'Moonstruck Lemon Yellow' exhibits excellent branching and stems robust enough to support such large flowers. The flower heads of these big marigolds actually repel water because they are so densely packed.

    Name: Tagetes erecta 'Moonstruck Lemon Yellow'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 12-15 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Zinnia

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

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'Lofty Lady' Marigold

    Everyone loves marigolds for their perky good looks. But you'll fall head over heels for this stunning giant of a marigold. It grows 2-4 feet tall and produces eye-popping 4-inch-wide flowers. The luminous yellow blooms are borne on robust, bushy plants. Plants offer vaseloads of cut flowers. 'Lofty Lady' also bears a strong, sweet fragrance. This marigold stands up to all weather conditions: drought, heat, and rain.

    Name: Tagetes erecta 'Lofty Lady'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 2-4 feet tall, 14-16 inches tall

    Grow It With: Zinnia

    Source: burpee.com

    Available from seed: Yes

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Suncatcher Pink Lemonade Petunia

    You'll love the color of this new petunia: A lovely melding of pink and yellow. Suncatcher Pink Lemonade is a trailing petunia that's ideal for mixed combination planters in any sunny location. Suncatcher Pink Lemonade blooms in spring, keeps going in the heat of summer, and continues to flower like mad up until frost. (In fact, petunias can take a little cold snap and keep on blooming.) Petunias attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Another benefit: scented foliage. Use a slow-release granular fertilizer to keep the flower show going all season long.

    Name: Suncatcher Pink Lemonade Petunia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 8-12 inches tall and wide

    Grow It With: Osteospermum

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

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Shock Wave Coral Crush Petunia

    If you love the look of lush, flower-packed hanging baskets, then check out Coral Crush. This overachieving petunia produces waves of coral-color blooms (accented with creamy yellow throats). Use this distinctive, eye-catching color to brighten containers, window boxes, and garden beds. You'll love the wild spreading habit of Coral Crush, too; plants grow 2-3 feet wide. It's also an easy-care choice -- plants are self-cleaning (no deadheading!).

    Name: Shock Wave Coral Crush Petunia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: 7-10 inches tall, 30-36 inches wide

    Grow It With: Yellow petunia

    Source: Look for this variety at your local garden center.

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