As Ajugas go, ‘Princess Nadia’ is the complete package. The category has several interesting features: variegation, beautiful flowers, slow growth, a moundy habit, and a nice mat. Other Ajugas possess one or two of these features, but ‘Princess Nadia’ gathers them all together into a complete package. Ajuga used to be a snoozy group of plants, but not anymore. We go into detail on ‘Princess Nadia’ in one of our INFO Sheets (Click here) and the catalog does a round-up of the interesting cultivars we offer.
Originally, ‘Hot Coral’ was a standard Sombrero but it happened to be shorter than the rest. Darwin Perennials has paired that color with a yellow version and relaunched the two as their new Sombrero Poco line of dwarf Echinaceas. The flowers are the same as the standard Sombrero, but the plant itself grows lower and has a shorter bloom time than the full line.
We consider ‘Sahara’ a Rudbeckia mix in the same way that ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ is a mix of three Echinacea colors. In this case, the colors run the gamut from dark red to light yellow, and the forms range from singles to semis and doubles. It shares the same harvest color tones as ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ so it makes a good companion for Autumn perennial sales.
The selling feature of ‘Spine Tingler’ is the spray of yellow star-like flowers shaped like jesters’ hats, but its defining trait is its unusual leaves. They look prickly but they aren’t, and they have a lance shape that is not often seen. Epimediums are famous for their excellent performance in the dry shade under trees, so they make a good groundcover where the grass doesn’t grow.
In a genus that likes to change colors with the seasons we can say that ‘Coral Red’ stays reliably red. The color wanders between a muted red and a bright red, but it will stay red as long as you plant it in full sun. That’s the secret with ‘Coral Red’—it needs to toast in the sun. Under full shade it reverts back to a ruddy green.
Florists are more familiar with ‘Big Blue’ than gardeners because of its large, showy, and long-lasting blooms, and that's a shame. It happens to be a really good perennial, especially when grown out as a specimen or planted in a stand. The flowers are so unusual and the blue is so blue that it truly belongs in the garden as a showpiece.
‘Cloud Nine’ has two unusual features for a Cranesbill. First, the blossom has a very light lavender tint that occasionally veers over to robin’s egg blue. Second, it is a double, a form not often seen among perennial Geraniums.
The blue of this Corydalis is haunting. Photos don’t do justice to ‘Porcelain Blue’. It’s one of those plants that needs to be seen in person. Corydalis forms small mounds and puts off long tendrils with cascades of thin blue trumpets.