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New for 2017: Annuals

Winter is all about dreaming and planning for spring.  To that end, we thought we’d inspire you with exciting, new things to come.  This is the first in a series of articles that will showcase new plant varieties and products for the coming year.  First up: annuals.  They won’t arrive for a few months, but you can still have fun imagining the possibilities.

Megawatt™ Begonia (status PPAF; propagation is prohibited)

Megawatt™ Begonia
Bigger-than-life hybrid begonia. Featuring large foliage and large blooms, it’s perfect for the landscape or containers.

Night Sky Petunia (Number PP27,237; propagation is prohibited)

Night Sky Petunia
We had a limited quantity of these wonderful plants in hanging baskets in 2016. For 2017 we will offer them in a 4½ inch pot. Stunning, starry-white on blue-purple background to resemble looking at a night sky.  This is the most unique petunia to come to the garden center in a very long time.

Celosia ‘Dracula’ (status PPAF; propagation is prohibited)

Celosia ‘Dracula’
Massive, eye-catching crimson red bloom held atop each stem. Kids say the flower reminds them of a brain. Totally unique!

Celosia ‘Twisted Orange’ (status PPAF; propagation is prohibited)

Celosia ‘Twisted Orange’
Unique, large orange crested blooms atop dark green foliage, similar to ‘Dracula’ in shape. Wonderful as a focal point or in mixed containers.

Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita®’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners – www.provenwinners.com)

Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita®’
Beautiful, unusual blossoms atop and throughout the plant. They’re easier to plant than other cleome because they’re thornless.  A must have for the butterfly or hummingbird garden.

Bounce™ Impatiens (Number PP26,068; propagation is prohibited)

Bounce™ Impatiens
Perfect shady alternative for the old standard impatiens! Plants ‘bounce’ back after a wilt! Habit is similar to the old fashioned, shade-loving impatiens with large blooms similar to a New Guinea impatiens. Downy Mildew resistant!

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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