When planning next year's garden, keep in eye out for these Winners
|'Lemon Coral' Sedum as seen in my garden.|
|'Lemon Coral' Sedum upon arrival.|
'Rockin' Fuchsia' Salvia has intense fuchsia-colored flowers held up by maroon-black bracts (seen above left). This upright annual doesn't flop, even with lots of rain. Overall, it can get to be as large as 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide, but mine stayed a bit more compact in its container it shared with two other plants — without overwhelming the container. Out of the two plants I was sent (seen above right), the one with slightly more sun exposure did a bit better by forming more flowering stems.
What impressed me the most about this variety is that it continued to attract late migrating hummingbirds to my garden, even after our resident hummingbirds had already headed south and I had taken down the feeders.
Below left, the plants grew quickly by late June (it is paired with Proven Winners 'Supertunia Vista Paradise Petunia'). Below right, the plant filled out and is still blooming in late September.
The foliage pattern changes as the season progresses, starting with deep burgundy with magenta patterned leaves (at right) and later gaining an emerald green edge to the purple and magenta coloring (seen above). The coleus can grow 24 to 34 inches tall and 12 to 16 inches wide. It is tolerant of sun or shade, which is a nice attribute for a coleus, but I kept mine in shade, where it definitely became a focal point in an otherwise drab surrounding.
I'm always so happy to receive this shipment from Proven Winners, because I am often introduced to new plants that I find myself purchasing again in the future. For example, two years ago I was sent a sample of Superbells 'Tropical Sunrise' calibrachoa (which officially debuted in 2017), and now it's become a reliable summer staple for a hanging basket in my garden. The three varieties above will definitely be added to my must-have annual list for the 2019 growing season.
* Proven Winners provided me with sample plants to grow and test in my garden at no cost. All opinions are mine.