The Best of 2023: Exciting New Plant Introductions

I usually wait until January to announce next year’s new plant introductions, but I am so enthused about these upcoming shrubs and perennials that I couldn’t wait. While the hydrangea trend continues to dominate with enticing new hybrids, I noticed that Weigela are well represented in 2023 with unique variegation, flower colours, and plant forms. Daphne is making a comeback. And we finally have more roses to choose from thanks to a new supplier to the Canadian market.

Edibles and unique perennials are also coming your way…so without further ado, here are 23 new plant introductions to look forward to in 2023.

Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’

Alstromeria Flowers
📷: 'RHS Garden Wisley'

Alstroemerias have been a difficult find as of late, with only compact container varieties being readily available. This taller form with large flowers of streaked coppery orange and yellow sharply contrasted by burgundy-black foliage will be a stand-out in any garden, and the bloom time is May to frost. Grows 28-36” tall. USDA Zone 6.

Comptonia peregrina

Comptonia peregrina
📷: Fungus Guy, Wikipedia

It may not look like much, but this deciduous shrub native to eastern North America and commonly known as Sweetfern is a real edible dynamo. Cooks and herbalists alike are going to want one in the garden as the dried leaves can be used for healing teas and spices. The nutlets are quite tasty, and when thrown in a fire, the foliage acts as an insect repellent. Grows 2-4’ tall. USDA Zone 2.

Daphne odora ‘Perfume Princess’

Daphne odora ‘Perfume Princess’
📷: Anthony Tesselaar Plants

An early and long-blooming (mid-winter to late spring) cultivar with purplish buds opening to large clusters of soft pink flowers. Expect the traditional intoxicating daphne fragrance but with distinct citrus undertones. Grows 3’ tall and wide. USDA Zone 7.