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5 Must-Have 2014 HGTV HOME® Plants

Nashville, Tenn. – Many plants are introduced every year, but how many really make the must-have list for gardeners around the country? These varieties below are sure to make it into gardens this coming spring and will have folks on the lookout to snatch them up. Don’t miss out! 

Sweetunia® Raspberry Superstar™ Petunia is an absolute showstopper with its unique petal coloration. Splashes of burgundy, crème and soft yellow create a flower canvas of pure art. Raspberry Superstar thrives in full sun and performs best in landscapes, containers and baskets, but to display its true beauty it should be put in a high traffic area of the garden where visitors can adore it. This variety has a very controlled habit compared to others on the market and is extremely heat tolerant. A haven for butterflies and hummingbirds is created when planting it in your garden. 

Give some glam to your container gardens by adding Mighty Velvet™ Stachys. Its soft, silver foliage makes a great complement to the classic black & white annual combinations. Placing Mighty Velvet in a metallic container would put it over the top. Not just that, this plant is very versatile and can jump between shade and sun loving containers. It has extreme weather tolerance to hot summers and rainy springs. Also, this Stachys is not appetizing food for deer, which is a plus in any garden. 

So Sultry!™ Dark Red Geranium brings an old Hollywood feel to your garden beds and containers. This bombshell has bold, vibrant dark red color with big, double flowers that can rival that of a hydrangea bloom. Geraniums are the top-selling genera for good reason – they are heat & drought tolerant, low maintenance and make the perfect choice for a beginning gardener. What sets So Sultry!™ apart from older varieties is the huge flower umbels, greater heat tolerance and increased vigor.

Add a little spice to your garden with Sweet ‘N Salsa™ Hydrangea (H. macrophylla ‘Sweet ‘n Salsa’). The bi-color blooms are pure white centers enclosed by deep pink edges making this mophead to cause jaw drop with any gardener. Its compact habit only reaching 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide; making it suitable for small-space gardening. Fall color is even more astounding with unique, bronze red foliage that cascades from brilliant, red stems. What more could a Hydrangea lover ask for? 

Bring the tropics to your garden this summer by adding the gorgeous, elegant Blush Bells™ Trumpet Flower (Brugsmania sauveolens ‘Little Angel’). This sun worshipper is covered with enormous, white-crème blooms that shift to apricot as the season progresses. The blooms weigh in at 4 to 6 inches long. The fragrance of this true dwarf (only 36 to 48 inches tall) is extremely pleasant during the night; making it a perfect addition to your outdoor patio. Hardy to USDA Zone 10 – so must be moved indoors in colder climates during the winter. 

For more information on these varieties and to see all the 2014 HGTV HOME® Plant Collection introductions, visit our website.

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About HGTV
America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 98 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month.  The brand also includes the HGTV HOME® consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. For more information on HGTV HOME branded products and to find a retailer, go to www.hgtvhome.com. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).  

About Agricola Management Group
Agricola Management Group is the team bringing the HGTV HOME Plant Collection to market in partnership with HGTV. As the exclusive licensee for the Collection, Agricola is responsible for the development, oversight, marketing and execution of the program in both the U.S. and Canada. This spring and summer, more than 950 retailers nationwide and in Canada carried the expanding line of plants and related products. There is room for additional retailers who appreciate the value of partnering with HGTV brand appeal, merchandising and marketing support. For more information, contact Agricola Management Group at 615-690-7834 or info@agricolamanagement.com