New plants for 2012
This year's "new" varieties include heirlooms returned from obscurity. The 2012 introductions can bring some spark to gardens, and help us dream of spring. Get the full story: New kids on the plot Beth Botts, Special to Tribune Newspapers
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Prince Charming Solomon's seal (Polygonatum "Prince Charming")
Less than a foot tall, with soft, silvery blue-green foliage and arching stems of white spring flowers that become deep blue berries, this naturally occurring hybrid of the native species is an excellent perennial ground cover for shade and part shade. Selected by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens in Hebron, and introduced by the Chicagoland Grows program in select garden centers and catalogs this spring.