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Echinacea ‘Art’s Pride’ ‘Art’s Pride’ features beautiful orange coneflowers, 3-4 inches across, that fade to pale pink over time. Few flowers on each plant, yet they have a sweet subtle fragrance, and make great cut flowers. It blooms from late June through early August, with intermittent flowers into early fall. While the grass-green, lanceolate leaves of ‘Art’s Pride’ are not a significant ornamental feature, they are healthy all summer. The basal leaves are not densely produced.
Epilobium canum ssp. garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’ This plant is related to Fuchsia as is evident in the trumpet shape of the flower and the attraction of hummingbirds to the plant. Orange Carpet is covered with a mass of small orange flowers for three plus weeks in July and sporadically through September. Most evaluators reported decreased flowering in each year of the three-year cycle with more foliage than flower by the third year.
Epimedium ‘Amber Queen’ Bright yellow spider-like flowers tipped with an orange- red cap bloom April –May. The ¼ to ½ inch flowers seem to float in space on thin, arching stems. The flowers were self cleaning and did not require deadheading. May not bloom each year based on early conditions. Spring foliage is green mottled red and a slightly serrated edge. In summer the full heart-shaped leaves turn all green; sometimes with a yellow tinge moving into fall. Foliage remained attractive after bloom cycle and persisted throughout the fall and early winter.
Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae The flowers bloom from April to the beginning of June. Clusters of lime green flowers with a disk-like bract [looks like a green collar] are borne on stems 12 to 18 inches tall. Resembling Japanese Pachysandra, the whorls of glossy dark green leaves, to 2-inches long, were mostly evergreen except for the first year after planting.
Geranium ‘Orkney Cherry’ The pink 5-petalled flowers have red veins and white throats. Some evaluators reported that plants produced prolific bloom in June and then bloomed sporadically throughout the summer. Other evaluators had flowers throughout the growing season and into late October. Foliage is deeply lobed and bronze-green. The fine-textured foliage remains clean all season. Burgundy fall color through October and November.
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ Rozanne features lavender blue flowers with white centers and dark veins; the round, flat flowers are 1¾ inches in diameter. Rozanne blooms from June through September (and even beyond). Deeply cut, medium green leaves are typical of hardy geraniums. Foliage did not attract much comment either positive or negative, however, foliage provides a nice backdrop for flowers and does not show any tendencies toward insect or fungal problems. Unlike many members of this genus, there was very little fall color reported.
Helleborus Winter Thrillers™ ‘Winter Thrillers’ is a series of hellebores that offers different colored blooms that range from single-flowered greens to double pinks. Flowering begins in April as the new foliage emerges. The 2.5-inch wide flowers were both single and double. Some plants in evaluators’ gardens had cream-colored flowers tinged with green and burgundy spots. Other flowers were yellow or purple fading to green.
Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ The white flowers are very small on slender 18-inch stems that rise above the mounded foliage. Most evaluators did not consider the flowers as significant. Two commented that their plants did not flower at all. Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ has bright chartreuse leaves that are rounded with wavy edges and each leaf is about 2 inches in diameter. The bright color and the ruffled texture stand out in the shadier garden. Two out of six evaluators had some black spot on the leaves.
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ Obsidian coral bell blooms sporadically in early summer with tiny white baby’s breath-like flowers on slender stems about 12 inches above the showy foliage. Glossy, purple-maroon, scallop-edged foliage holds its color all season. Solely as a foliage plant this coral bell stands out boldly in any setting.