With Witchhazels in bloom and daffodil buds emerging, my spring fever is nearing its peak. I wanted to dedicate a few blogs to plants that I think will be hot this spring. I’ve spent time going through stacks of 2011 catalogues, going to nursery trade shows, and talking to designers and breeders, so I have narrowed down my finalists. Today’s pick for hot plants 2011:
The Genius Geum Genus
|Geum 'Totally Tangerine' bred by Tim Crowther UK. Image from Bluestone Perennials.|
Try and say that three times quickly. It’s clear that this once overlooked genus is hotter than ever this spring. It’s easy to see why these plants have been ignored. They tend to take a year or two to get established, can sometimes look scraggly, and don’t really stand out in a pot. But what makes Geums uninspiring the first year turn into assets over the long haul. By the second year, Geums really make a show and prove themselves to be long blooming additions to any border. Plus, they come in almost every color imaginable.