Pilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ Drought tolerant, love heat and will be a standout in any garden. Pilotus is a short lived perennial in Australia but well worth growing as an annual here. About 15 inches to two feet tall.
Petunia ‘Black Velvet’ Black Velvet petunia was very hot last year, along with its striped cousins that came in varying widths of yellow stripes, but this year, watch for ‘Midnight Blue’, a deep velvety purple often shown paired with red or hot orange.
New for 2012 - The breeders have been doubling everything in sight and, even though cosmos is probably the most perfect single flower in the world, it has now been doubled and re-doubled and I have to admit that the result is pretty alluring.
Impatiens ‘Fusion’. Seashell impatiens. A few seasons ago, yellow impatiens were wowing readers, but now this shell-shaped variety comes in everything from peach to coral as well as yellow. Peach Frost, Heat Coral and Infrared Apricot are a few of your choices.