New plants

Seed supplier Jelitto has announced "outstanding new varieties" for 2009

Alchemilla sericata 'Gold Strike' is a free-flowering variety with grey-green, velvety, scalloped leaves. Plants can be used as ground cover or as accent plants in sun or partial shade. 'Gold Strike' is available as Jelitto Gold Nugget Seed.

Aruncus dioicus 'Kneiffii' hybrid 'Whirlwind' is offered as a reasonably priced seed alternative to the more expensive tissue culture of the original. It has decorative leaves, which provide season-long interest, and white, feathery panicles.

Echinacea purpurea 'Lucky Star' is a white-flowered variety, which was bred from Jelitto's E. purpurea 'Rubinstern' Award of Garden Merit. The petals of this variety are horizontally arranged around a large cone.

Eriogonum allenii 'Little Rascal' bears rosettes of grey-green, paddle-shaped leaves and is said to have consistent growth. The drought-resistant plant is recommended for mass landscape planting, well-drained borders, rock gardens or mixed containers and attracts honeybees.

Gentiana cruciata 'Blue Cross' has intense blue-violet flowers and thick, spoon-shaped leaves. It has a clumping habit, said to make it durable, and is recommended as a plant for rock gardens, mixed containers or as a cut flower.

Luzula sylvatica 'Solar Flair' is a low-growing, grass-like evergreen perennial. Its leaves are golden and twisted in spring and winter. Plants bear clusters of flowers in the spring, which turn dark brown and can be used in floral arrangements.

Potentilla atrosanguinea var. argyrophylla 'Golden Starlet' and 'Scarlet Starlet' have been bred from Himalayan species, which grow in cool, sub-alpine meadows. They bear blooms in bright gold-yellow and deep scarlet, and are 30cm high with a compact habit and grey-green leaves.

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