20 Hot New Plants

Say hello to these vibrant plant introductions for your spring and summer garden.
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Geranium 'Angel's Perfume'

You'll catch the light, citrusy scent of lemons in 'Angel's Perfume' a 2014 geranium introduction from Burpee. The burgundy blossoms are backed by ruffled, cool-green leaves. Best of all, this geranium can take shade to full sun. The plants grow 12" to 14" in height and width.

Basil 'Bam'

Heat is hard on many herbs. When the temperatures rise, herbs tend to bolt, or set seeds, and take on a bitter flavor. Basil 'Bam' from Burpee is a breakthrough, promising that it will never bolt. You can pick the fragrant, flavorful leaves all season long, even in hot summer regions.

Sunflower 'Ms. Mars'

'Ms. Mars' sunflowers are a new and unusual merlot color. The petals, leaves, and even the stems are a dark red-purple. As the blooms open, they become lighter pink at the tips. The plants grow 20" to 30" tall and love full sun.

Angelonia 'Angelface Wedgwood Blue'

This improved Angelonia, also known as the summer snapdragon, bears extra-large blossoms that hold up to intense heat and humidity. 'Angelface Wedgwood Blue' is also deer resistant and drought tolerant. Bi-colored flowers like these are popular for 2014.

Petunia Supertunia 'Orchid Charm'

Sun-loving 'Orchid Charm' Supertunias bloom from planting until the first hard frost. These pretty heat- and drought-tolerant plants are self-cleaning and don't need deadheading.

Petunia Supertunia 'Flamingo'

Like 'Orchid Charm,' this Supertunia petunia doesn't require deadheading. Use 'Flamingo' for a pop of pink in containers. The plants bear long stems that trail up to 36 inches in length and bloom until frost.

Calibrachoa Superbells 'Spicy'

'Spicy' is a new introduction in the calibrachoa Superbells line, and it's a magnet for hummingbirds. It grows just 8 to 12 inches high, so it's great as a container plant or groundcover. Give it plenty of sun.

Verbena Superbena 'Violet Ice'

This new verbena grows vigorously and shows good tolerance to heat and mildew. The bright violet blooms of 'Violet Ice' are one of the trendy colors for 2014.

Petunia 'Cha-Ching-Cherry'

Bright, bold pinks are trending in 2014. Petunia 'Cha-Ching-Cherry' is a new introduction featuring cherry-red blooms with creamy-yellow stars in their throats. The plants have a mounding growth habit, so they're great for containers, but can also spill over the sides of baskets and window boxes. Grow them in part to full sun.

Strawflower Sundaze 'Blaze'

'Blaze', a 2014 addition to the Sundaze strawflower collection, has been developed to withstand extremes of sun and heat. The orange blooms have bright yellow centers. They make long-lasting dried flower arrangements.

'Sweet 'N Salsa'

Good for USDA zones 5-9, this pretty cultivar with unique bronze red foliage blooms from late spring into late summer.

Lobularia 'White Knight'

Fragrant 'White Knight' Lobularia, commonly known as alyssum, has improved heat tolerance and blooms for a long time in the garden. Use it as a container plant or groundcover to attract bees and butterflies.

Tomato 'SteakHouse Hybrid'

Bigger and better—this new-for-2014 'SteakHouse Hybrid' tomato weighs up to three pounds at maturity and promises rich, heirloom tomato flavor. The plants mature in 75 to 80 days and are said to produce the world's largest beefsteak tomatoes.

Geranium 'Timeless Orange'

'Timeless Orange,' a cross between a zonal and an ivy geranium, has a slightly cascading habit that makes it ideal for containers. Give the plants full sun, and they'll bloom until frost, reaching up to 18" high and spreading 18" to 24".

Catalina 'Grape-O-Licious' Torenia

Torenias are one of the best flowers – and among the few flowers – that you can grow in the shade. 'Grape-O-Licious,' new for 2014, bears oversized white blooms with grape-purple centers. It's deer resistant and very attractive to hummingbirds.

'Peppermint Swirl'

This hydrangea variety features an upright, mounded habit and spectacular peppermint candy variegation with pink and red-purple flowers.

Pennisetum 'Fireworks'

Developed for improved color and performance in the garden, 'Fireworks' is a new-for-2014, multi-colored ornamental grass. It has a strong upright, arching growth habit; try it on patios, along walkways, in containers, or in garden beds.

Lavender 'Phenomenal'

This perennial lavender has been developed for hardiness, so it stands up to heat, humidity and winter cold. The Burpee plants also resist root and foliar diseases. Even deer leave them alone! Grow a patch of these deep blue flowers with silvery foliage for their incredible fragrance.

Cherry Tomato 'Baby Boomer'

Tell your neighbors to get ready. 'Baby Boomer Hybrid,' a 2014 cherry tomato introduction, is so prolific, you'll probably wind up giving away some of your crop. Cage the plants for best results. The tomatoes are ready to harvest in 50 to 55 days.

'Electric Rouge'

This vibrant mophead beauty from the HGTV Home Plant Collection is set off by dark green foliage and makes an excellent cut flower.