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2024's Best New Garden Plants: Perennials for Sun

By: Sherri RibbeySherri Ribbey
Looking for some new perennials to jazz up your borders? Take a look at these amazing new perennials for sun!

2024's New perennials for sun

Every year, growers put out new plant introductions and there are a lot of beautiful new sun perennials to get excited about! This year’s standouts include vibrant new color choices and double-flowering varieties of old favorites, as well as interesting foliage variations and compact plant sizes. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorites for 2024.

Frilly knickers anemone plants nouveau: Frilly Knickers has plent of double blooms to keep late season gardens looking great.

Frilly Knickers anemone (Anemone hybrid)

It’s hard to resist a fun plant name like this and almost impossible to pass by the beautiful double white flowers with a lavender back on dark stems. Vigorous plants with leathery olive green foliage make a great backdrop for earlier blooming companions in the border.

Type Perennial
Blooms Double white blooms with a lavender back from late summer into fall
Light Full sun to part shade
Soil Well drained
Size 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 5 to 9
Introducer Plants Nouveau
Source Great Garden Plants, 877-447-4769

Blazing glory daylily: 'Blazing Glory' has big flowers and lots of them so your borders will stay colorful in summer.

‘Blazing Glory’ daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid)

Big 6-inch golden-yellow flowers put on a bright show in summer. These eye-catching daylily blooms have a picotee edge that extends the entire length of the petal. And it reblooms too! Plants put on quite a show last summer in our test garden with oodles of handsome blooms.

Type Perennial
Blooms Golden yellow flowers with a burgundy eye and matching picotee edge in summer
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 32 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 3 to 9
Introducer Proven Winners
Source Garden Crossings, 616-875-6355

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Angelic burgundy peony by Swensen Gardens:  With lots of sturdy stems there's no need for staking the luscious double blooms of 'Angelic Burgundy'.

‘Angelic Burgundy’ peony (Paeonia hybrid)

Give your spring borders a rich luxurious look with this new herbaceous peony — it’s one of the darkest colors you’ll find. Each sturdy stem has a single bloom and doesn’t require staking.

Type Perennial
Blooms Deep burgundy single to semi-double blooms in spring
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 32 in. tall, 44 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 3 to 8
Introducer & source Swenson Gardens

Echibeckia from Pacific plug & liner: Petal packed and loaded with color, you can't miss the amazing blooms of Sugar Shake echibeckia.

Sugar Shake echibeckia (x Rudbeckia)

This new addition to the Summerina Glow series produces lots of gorgeous double blooms that look good from spring to frost and make great cut flowers. Plants may occasionally return in colder zones but are most reliably perennial in USDA zone 7 and warmer.

Type Perennial
Blooms Double blooms in shades of peachy pink to yellow in summer to frost
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 20 to 24 in. tall, 16 to 20 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 7 to 9
Introducer Pacific Plug & Liner
Source Local garden centers

Silver swirl snowflake dusty miller: Keep the edge of the border looking crisp with the bright silver foliage of 'Silver Swirl' snowflake dusty miller.

‘Silver Swirl’ snowflake dusty miller (Centaurea ragusina)

The bright silver leaves with a ruffled edge of this new perennial make a great edging for the border, or you can add plants to the front of a container for season-long color.

Type Perennial
Best Feature Ruffled silver foliage
Light Full sun
Soil Dry, well drained
Size 8 to 11 in. tall, 11 to 14 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 6 to 9
Introducer Darwin Perennials®
Source Garden Crossings, 616-875-6355

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Burgundy Stripe gazania green fuse botanicals: You won't miss these blooms! The bright blooms of Burgundy Stripe gazania stay open even on cloudy days.

Burgundy Stripe gazania (Gazania rigens)

If hot and dry describes your garden, this radiant gazania from the Sterling Silver series is just what you need. While other varieties are grown as annuals, Burgundy Stripe is cold hardy to USDA zone 5! Besides that, these blooms stay open on cloudy days instead of closing as the more tender types do.

Type Perennial
Blooms Yellow and red striped blooms in late spring to fall
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 6 in. tall, 24 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 5 to 9
Introducer Green Fuse® Botanicals
Source Local garden centers

Agastache Pink Pearl Terra nova nurseries: Deep rose buds open to pink blooms, creating a two-tone effect on the floriferous stems of 'Pink Pearl' agastache.

‘Pink Pearl’ agastache (Agastache hybrid)

More flowers mean more pollinators visiting the petal packed stems of ‘Pink Pearl’ agastache. With spring-to-frost blooms, it’s even a great choice for containers.

Type Perennial
Blooms Long spikes packed with pink blooms from spring to frost
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 8 to 16 in. tall, 16 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 6 to 10
Introducer Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
Source Select Seeds, 800-684-0395

Strawberries and cream moss phlox Plants nouveau: Vigorous and covered in blooms, you can count on 'Strawberries and Cream' to keep your spring borders colorful.

‘Strawberries and Cream’ moss phlox (Phlox hybrid)

Looking for a colorful ground cover? ‘Strawberries and Cream’ moss phlox is covered in blooms from mid- to late spring. Flowers open white with a pink eye and mature to shades of pink, creating an attractive mix like the one above.

Type Perennial
Blooms White spring flowers mature to pink
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 2 to 4 in. tall, 18 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 5 to 9
Introducer Chicagoland Grows®
Source Local garden centers

wild romance peony tulip John scheepers beauty from bulbs: 'Wild Romance' is a peony tulip which means it has a lot more petals than other tulip types.

‘Wild Romance’ peony tulip (Tulipa hybrid)

Start spring off right with the lush double blooms of ‘Wild Romance’ peony tulip. Its white flowers are edged with striking pink that gradually spreads to the rest of the petals, ending in a soft pastel look.

Type Bulb
Blooms Double white blooms with a pink edge in spring
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 16 in. tall, 5 to 6 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 3 to 9
Introducer & source VanEngelen, Inc., 860-567-8734

little red fox little bluestem from Intrinsic perennials: Compact in size, 'Little Red Fox' stays upright providing late-season borders with upright color and texture.

‘Little Red Fox’ little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

Smaller (and less prone to flopping) than most little bluestems, ‘Little Red Fox’ still provides season-long texture and great fall color. Gray-green spring foliage changes to silvery blue that develops red streaks in mid- to late summer, deepening as fall progresses.

Type Perennial
Blooms Tan flowers in summer
Light Full sun
Soil Well drained
Size 24 to 30 in. tall, 18 in. wide
Cold hardy USDA zones 3 to 9
Introducer Intrinsic Perennial Gardens
Source Local garden centers

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