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Gardening with Allen: These blooms are award winners

The Columbian
Published: January 14, 2023, 6:02am
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All-America Selections, a national nonprofit organization that tests plant varieties, has announced awards for six new flowers after competitive trials across North America.

Echinaceae Artisan Yellow Ombre is a new deep-yellow hybrid perennial coneflower that will be available both from plants and seeds. Large 3- to 4-inch golden yellow daisy flowers are produced on sturdy 2- to 3-foot plants that do not need support. Artisan Yellow is attractive to bees and butterflies and makes a nice cut flower. Once established it blooms from midsummer to frost.

Leucanthemum Carpet Angel is a new ground cover perennial Shasta daisy that grows only 6 inches high and spreads to 20 inches. It is the part of a new group of perennials created by Green Fuse Botanicals that are day-length neutral. They produce earlier blooms that continue all season long. Pure white 3-inch flowers have a second layer of petals. Profuse branching plants can spread to 20 inches. A little deadheading of spent flowers will reward you with even more blooms.

Salvia Blue On You is a new perennial that features rich blue flowers that bloom up to two weeks earlier than the comparisons. It makes a nice cut flower, and is attractive to butterflies and humming birds. Suitable for containers, it grows about 20 inches high. It blooms continuously from late spring to late summer with a little dead heading, and doesn’t require staking.

Colocasia Royal Hawaiian Waikiki is a new ornamental plant from the tropics that we can plant and grow in our summer gardens here. It is grown for its variegated pink, white and green leaves with burgundy stems. Sturdy, 36-inch compact plants hold up against wind and rain. It makes a striking accent or large container plant for deck or patio. Waikiki is part of the Royal Hawaiian series.

Coleus Premium Sun Coral Candy is the first coleus grown from seed. This new plant form has narrow, serrated, multi-colored leaves that gracefully drape down the mounded 10- to 16-inch plants. It does well in sun or shade, in containers as well as in beds. It is heat, wind and rain tolerant. Coral Candy held up nicely in the fall and had almost no flowers to detract from the bright foliage, even late in the season.

DoubleShot Orange Bicolor is part of a new series of intermediate-height snapdragons perfect for the garden or as cut flowers. It has 18- to 20-inch spikes with open-faced double flowers in beautiful warm shades of orange to orange-red. The sturdy plants hold up well against wind and have excellent frost and light freeze resistance, so it can be planted early. Doubleshot Orange Bicolor is available from seeds or plants.