7 New "Must Have" Annuals

Here are seven of the most eye-catching new annuals on the market to fill in your summer garden.

  1. Verbena ‘Lanai Twister Pink'

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    Proven Winners

    Great as a container plant or in the landscape, this award-winning Proven Winners verbena will thrive in both heat and humidity. Plant the pink-and-white annual in well-drained soil in full sun and enjoy the blooms from spring until fall.

  2. Vinca ‘Jams ‘N Jellies Blackberry’

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    All-America Selections

    A winner of the All-America Selections, this Vinca has a deep purple, almost black, color and a white eye to give detail to any garden. Just the size for borders, the small plant grows between 12 and 16 inches high and can tolerate dry spells.

  3. Calibrachoa Superbells Cherry Star

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    Proven Winners

    Proven Winners’ newest Calibrachoa hybrid (sort of like a petunia but better), “has a striking star pattern with bright pink blossoms that people gravitate towards in the summer,” says Danielle Evans, PR & Brand Development Coordinator at Proven Winners. Best trait? They don’t need deadheading to continue their glorious flowering.

  4. Angelonia ‘Serena Blue’

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    Park Seed

    Another long-bloomer, Park Seed's Angelonia 'Serena Blue' has tall spikes of brilliant indigo, offering a structural addition to the landscape that can be depended on, even in the hottest season. These butterfly attractors are so fuss-free they actually prefer not to be deadheaded!

  5. Salvia ‘Summer Jewel Pink’

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    Another All-America Selections winner, this dwarf-sized salvia works equally hard in your garden and on your patio in a container. Its butterfly-attracting blooms arrive two weeks earlier than most other pink salvias.

  6. GoldDust Mecardonia


    Proven Winners

    The Mecardonia hybrid from Proven Winners is often overlooked but shouldn’t be. The GoldDust hybrid, with its bright yellow flowers and rich green foliage, is perfect trailing from a window box or hanging basket, or as groundcover.

  7. Alyssum ‘Snow Princess’


    Proven Winners

    This hybrid hit the market last year but deserves another round of attention. “Because it’s a sterile, non-seeding Alyssum, 'Snow Princess' blooms all summer long,” says Danielle Evans of Proven Winners. The white flowers make for a great filler in the garden or on their own in a container, but be prepared for a lot of growth.

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