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If I had to recommend just three types of annuals for gardeners, I would choose SUPERBELLS® Calibrachoa, SUPERTUNIA® Petunias, and SUPERBENA® Verbenas. All three collections contain a broad selection of colors and are adapted to thrive all season in a wide range of climates. One caveat: they are all full sun plants that will do best with at least six hours of direct sun per day.
Here I’ll show you one new introduction in each “Super” collection for 2015. If you’d like to see more, you can read about all of our new “Super” introductions here. You might also enjoy this Pinterest board featuring all of our new “Supers” for 2015.
Superbells are a natural choice for combination container plantings, and SUPERBELLS® Frostfire is no exception. Its subtle white coloring and unique star-shaped, two-toned gold and red eye make it easy to mix with many other flowers though yellow, red, and orange varieties are an ideal match.
SUPERTUNIA® Black Cherry Petunia
Supertunias are essential annuals for sunny landscapes and containers. They are incredibly easy to grow and provide a riot of color from spring through fall even without deadheading the spent blooms. True red has been an elusive color to come by until this new introduction called what else but SUPERTUNIA® Black Cherry. It features velvety, deep red flowers with an ebony throat and veins. Its deep green foliage is very well-branched, forming a durable, upright spreading clump.
SUPERTUNIA® Black Cherry creates a dramatic presence all on its own when planted in patio pots or hanging baskets. Imagine three of these beauties running the length of your front porch. Wow!
Superbena® Royale CherryburstVerbena
Verbenas have come a long way in the last twenty years. Powdery mildew used to be a big issue for this group of plants, but through years of relentless breeding and selection to improve their disease resistance, the issue has been virtually eliminated. SUPERBENA® Royale Cherryburst brings a fun new look to the genus with its cherry red and white striped flowers. It mixes best with solid colors so its unique star-shaped pattern stands out, and can be used in containers and landscapes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerry Meyer lives and gardens in central Missouri on 10 acres near the small family farm where she grew up. She enjoys adding to and improving existing flower beds with the help of her young daughter and husband. Kerry holds a BS in Horticulture from the University of Missouri and an MS in Horticultural Science with a minor in Plant Breeding from the University of Minnesota.
Posted January 9, 2015
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