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Jason’s Top New Plants for Your Garden

Posted on April 4, 2018 in Garden, Garden Tips, Spring Gardening

Written by Jason VanderMey

Celebrating New Plants for 2018

Welcome to Spring, fellow West Coast Gardeners!! I thought it might never arrive, after all the grey and dreary months of winter. I’m sure you feel the same way once the sun comes out, it’s a race to get outside and start digging in the garden, put on those Birkenstocks and break out the sunglasses! There are new blooms peaking through in the garden, new colourful fashions coming out in the mall, and new iced latte drinks popping up at your local coffee shops for the warmer weather. 

How about a new entourage for your garden this Spring as well? Keep reading for my top 8 new to the garden centre, exciting annuals that have come out this year to spice up your yard! I’ve also given you a few ideas on what plants will pair perfectly with them for sunlight requirements as well as colour and texture designs.

Use the handy print-out at the bottom of the page for your nursery shopping!

Impatiens ‘Wild Romance’ 

Soft and romantic, this new blushing pink Impatien was given the perfect name, with dark green foliage contrasting the pale pink double blooms. A perfect choice for that shady spot on the patio or garden in hanging baskets or container pots. 

Perfect Pairings:

For a gorgeous container garden we suggest pairing it with a dark black Ipomoea or Burgundy Wedding Train Coleus to match the beautiful colours and contrast the blooms.

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Canna Cannova Bronze Leaf

Like a bright torch, this Canna creates gorgeous orange blooms that tower above the dark foliage. Plant it in a sunny spot in the garden or a large container garden. 

Perfect Pairings:

Whether you decide to go with a contrasting colour scheme or keep it in the orange/red/yellow family, there are lots of options to match with this Canna. I suggest bright Geraniums, Petunias and Coleus as they come in a huge variety of colours and gives you a lot of versatility.

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Begonia Canary Wings

If you want bright and bold, this one is sure to delight! The lime green foliage and bright red blooms will stand out in any shady spot you grow it in. With too many blooms to count this Begonia is fantastic hanging or in a container garden. 

Perfect Pairings:

Highlight the bright lime and reds with darker foliage such as a black Ipomoea or Burgundy Wedding Train Coleus. We also love the contrast of the Juncus Twisted Arrow which adds height to your design.

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Calibrachoa Can-Can Bubble Bee Pink

What a name for this stunning Calibrachoa flower! Each blooms looks like a giant yellow bumble-bee is hiding inside and the two-toned pink flower brightens up even the greyest day. Plant this star in a sunny spot in the garden, hanging planter or container garden, and remember that it likes to spread out as it grows! 

Perfect Pairings:

It would be hard to upstage this beauty, and I suggest using similar pinks, purples and yellows to accent the colours. Bright Petunias, soft Verbena with its contrasting height, and white or purple Bacopa to mix it up with tiny blooms. 

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Ipomoea Limon Wedge

Nothing packs a punch like this bright chartreuse foliage in a lush plant. A beautiful addition to a basket or planter, this Ipomoea will grow upwards and also trail down. 

Perfect Pairings:

Something as unique as this Ipomoea deserves a bold pairing, such as my favourite Fiber Optic Grass to add height and texture. For a trailing design add Wire Vine, and top it off with bright Coleus in a variety of colours!

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Petunia Starfish

Named for the star design on this purple and white bloom, the Starfish dazzles and can be planted with other Petunias for a mixed style. This plant loves lots of sunlight and will grow in the garden, hanging basket or container planter. 

Perfect Pairings:

These giant blooms contrast beautifully with the tiny flowers of the Bacopa in a number of colours. You can also match it with soft violet or pink Verbena and a wide variety of Calibrachoa for a stunning container garden.

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Calibrachoa Bloomtastic

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

I’m excited about both these new Calibrachoa Bloomtastic! Serenity is a gorgeous two-toned violet variety, and Rose Quartz has beautiful pinks to show off Each of these plants features giant blooms sure to impress! Plant them in full sun and use them in your garden, containers or hanging baskets. 

Perfect Pairings:

Add height to your container garden with beautiful Verbena. Mix it up with tiny Bacopa blooms and add a variety of colours with versatile Petunias.

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

Millet Copper Prince

What an eye-catching and unique addition this thriller adds to your garden or large container planter! With its giant height and dark colours it will contrast bright blooms in your designs, and it loves full sun. You can also use it as a border along the back or sides of your garden and cut the stems for indoor arrangements.

Perfect Pairings:

Pair this bold new plant with Coleus in the sunniest spots in your garden. Bright Geraniums, Calibrachoa and Petunias will pop beautifully next to this tall, dark and handsome plant. 

perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals
perfect pairings for new annuals

All these new annuals add inspiration and a fresh look in the garden or patio, so have fun planting, pairing and watching them grow this spring and summer! 

If you’re heading to a garden centre or nursery you can use our handy-dandy list to remember which new plants you want to add this year. Just print it out, or save it to your phone for a quick reference guide!

top plants for 2018