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New Plants For 2022 (The Best New Perennials)

Are you always looking for new perennials to add to your garden? If so, you’ll want to check out the best new plants for 2022. These plants are sure to add beauty and interest to your garden all season long.

the best new perennials varieties for 2022

Are you always looking for new plants to add to your garden?

Well, I’ve got some good news – there are some great new plant varieties hitting the market in 2022.

Maybe you’re looking for beautiful flowers.

Or want some gorgeous foliage (hello black leaves!).

Or need perennials to grow in tough conditions like full shade or Southern heat.

Don’t worry, these new 2022 perennials have you covered!

Here are just a few of my favorites.

1 | Amsonia ‘String Theory’ (Blue Star)

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Amsonia 'Blue String' flowers

Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 18″ to 22″
Width: 36″
Bloom time: late spring
Bloom color: blue

Amsonia ‘Blue String’ is a hybrid of the North American native plant that has beautiful light periwinkle blue flowers in the spring.

Amsonia yellow leaves in the fall

And show-stopping bright yellow leaves in the fall.

It is easy to grow, heat tolerant, and deer resistant. And if that’s not enough, it’s also fairly drought tolerant once established.

Buy it here.*

2 | Clematis ‘Stand By Me Lavender’

Bush Clematis 'Stand by me Lavender'

Zone: 3 to 7
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 34″ to 38″
Width: 24″ to 36″
Bloom time: late spring, late summer
Bloom color: purple

Clematis ‘Stand By Me Lavender’ is a non-vining bush Clematis with bell-shaped lavender flowers that open from dark purple buds.

Those beautiful blooms will appear twice during the season, once in late spring. Then again in late summer.

It attracts bees and butterflies, and is deer and rabbit resistant

Like all Clematis, it grows best in slightly alkaline soil with the roots shaded and mulched to keep the soil moist and cool.

Find it here.*

3 | Geranium pratense ‘Boom Chocolatta’ (Cranesbill)

Hardy geranium 'Boom Chocolatta'

Zone: 4 to 8
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 24″ to 26″
Width: 28″ to 30″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: purple

This hardy Geranium is the first of a few new perennials that have dark colored leaves. Which really make the purple flowers stand out.

This deer and rabbit resistant plant can be grown in containers or as an edging or border plant to provide some contrast with other green-leaved plants.

Cut it back after its blooms have faded to encourage new growth.

Buy it here.*

4 | Heuchera Dressed Up ‘Evening Gown’ (Coral Bells)

Heuchera Dressed Up 'Evening Gown'

Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: shade to sun
Height: 12″ to 14″
Width: 20″ to 24″
Bloom time: mid summer
Bloom color: white

I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for Heucheras with brightly-colored leaves.

Which means I’m going to have to find a spot for Dressed Up ‘Evening Gown’.

It has ruffled, glossy black leaves with pink buds that open to white flowers. Which I think will look stunning beside the purple and lime green varieties I added to the garden last year.

Heucheras need good drainage but are otherwise easy to grow in acidic soil. They thrive in part shade, but will grow in sun or shade.

A very versatile plant that looks great as an edging.

Order it here.*

5 | Hosta Shadowland® ‘Hope Springs Eternal’

Hosta Shadowland® 'Hope Springs Eternal'

Zone: 3 to 9
Exposure: shade to part shade
Height: 20″ to 22″
Width: 45″ to 48″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: white

If you’re looking for a medium-sized Hosta that has large ruffled blue leaves with white edging, Hosta Shadowland® ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ may be just what you’re looking for!

It has white flowers in the summers and spreads out to form an impressive mound. So make sure to give it space to expand.

Like most Hostas, this variety grows best in moist, acidic, well-drained soil in the shade.

And it can also be grown in containers.

Find it here.*

6 | Leucanthemum superbum Amazing Daisies ‘Marshmallow’ (Shasta Daisy)

Leucanthemum superbum Amazing Daisies 'Marshmallow'

Zone: 5 to 9
Exposure: sun
Height: 18″ to 20″
Width: 20″ to 22″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: white

Shasta daisies are one of my favorite flowers for sunny locations because of their big beautiful blooms.

And this new variety (Amazing Daisies ‘Marshmallow’) is even more showy with its fully double flowers that cover the plant.

Grow these eye catching perennials as part of a border, in a container, or in a cutting garden.

Get it here.*

7 | Monarda ‘Leading Lady Pink’ (Bee Balm)

Monarda 'Leading Lady Pink' (Bee Balm)

Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 10″ to 14″
Width: 22″ to 28″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: hot pink

I haven’t always been a fan of bee balm since they have tendency to take over the garden.

However ‘Leading Lady Pink’ is a clump-forming miniature variety that is the perfect height for an edging plant.

And it’s hot pink flowers will add drama to any summer border.

It also attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and is deer resistant.

Find it here.*

8 | Sedum Rock ‘n Grow® ‘Back in Black’ (Stonecrop)

Sedum Rock 'n Grow® 'Back in Black'

Zone: 3 to 9
Exposure: sun
Height: 20″ to 24″
Width: 26″ to 30″
Bloom time: late summer to early fall
Bloom color: white flowers with red centers

This sedum has near black leaves that provide the perfect backdrop for its red-centered white flowers in the fall.

But even without the blooms, the foliage alone is stunning.

As with many sedums, this plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, attracts bees and butterflies, and is rabbit resistant. So it’s definitely a low-maintenance perennial.

In fact, fertilizing it or watering it too much are likely to do it in.

Buy it here.*

9 | Athyrium otophorum Jurassic™ Pterodactyl Eared Lady Fern

Athyrium otophorum Jurassic™ Pterodactyl Eared Lady Fern

Zone: 6 to 9
Exposure: full shade to part shade
Height: 18″
Width: 18″
Bloom time: N/A
Bloom color: N/A

If you want a tropical-looking fern for your shade garden, Athyrium otophorum Jurassic™ Pterodactyl Eared Lady Fern is a great choice.

It is a clump-forming fern with airy, feathery leaves that doesn’t get too big, and looks gorgeous with large-leaved shade plants such as Hostas and Heucheras.

Its pale green fronds unfurl from red stems and turn darker green as they age. Providing a multi-toned look to your garden.

As with most ferns, regular watering is a must to keep it healthy.

Find it here.*

10 | New 2022 Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are one of my weaknesses when it comes to new plants.

So I couldn’t stick to just one new variety for 2022. I had to find four of them!

Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime Punch

Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime Punch™

Zone: 3 to 8
Exposure: sun to part shade
Height: 36″ to 60″
Width: 36″ to 60″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: lime green to white to pink and red

As you might have guessed, Hydrangea paniculata Little Lime Punch is a smaller version of the traditional pannicle Hydrangeas and is related to the very popular ‘Little Lime’ variety.

This plant has flowers that out green, then change to white and mature to pink and red. As it reblooms, you’ll end up with all colors on the same bush.

As with other Hydrangea paniculata plants, it blooms on new wood so you can prune it in the fall or early spring without cutting off any blooms.

Buy it here.*

Let’s Dance ¡Arriba! Reblooming Hydrangea

Let's Dance ¡Arriba!™ Reblooming Hydrangea

Zone: 4 to 9
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 24″ to 36″
Width: 24″ to 36″
Bloom time: spring to fall
Bloom color: blue or pink

Let’s Dance ¡Arriba! is a reblooming Hydrangea with a flower color that is dependent on soil pH.

The blooms tend to the pink side but will turn blue in acidic soil. And then age to a soft mauve color

It is smaller than many Hydrangeas so fits well in the border.

As with other reblooming Hydrangeas, this plant blooms on both old and new wood so pruning is discouraged since it will remove future flowers.

Find it here.*

Hydrangea arborescens subsp. radiata Invincibelle Lace (Smooth hydrangea)

Hydrangea arborescens subsp. radiata Invincibelle Lace™ (Smooth hydrangea)

Zone: 3 to 8
Exposure: sun to part shade
Height: 48″ to 60″
Width: 48″ to 60″
Bloom time: summer
Bloom color: pink

The next new Hydrangea has lacecap flowers that bloom on new wood.

So what does that mean?

A lacecap that still blooms in colder zones.

It has strong ruby red stems that add even more interest to the landscape.

Plant in full sun for best blooms.

Buy it here.*

Cascading Hydrangea ‘Fairytrale Bride’

Cascading Hydrangea 'Fairytrale Bride'

Zone: 6 to 9
Exposure: part shade to sun
Height: 48″
Width: 48″
Bloom time:
Bloom color: white

Last but not least on our new 2022 plant list is a cascading Hydrangea with trailing stems covered in frilly, lacey white blooms. And it’s a reblooming variety!

This Hydrangea can be planted in containers or even large hanging baskets as well as in the landscape border.

It does not require deadheading or pruning. Since it blooms on new and old wood, pruning will remove some future blooms.

Find it here.*

That’s it for my favorite new plants for 2022. Hopefully, you’ve found some you love, too!

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2 Comments

  1. Jan Anderson says:

    Thank-you for the beautiful photos and info on new perennials for 2022. It’s always fun to see what’s new out there and gives something spring-like to look forward to during these cold months. Thank-you for all your great info. I look forward to your emails.

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Jan! I’m glad you found it helpful.