One of the challenges of our business is keeping up with the many new plant varieties introduced each year. On the one hand, we aim to keep our offering fresh and stay abreast of the “latest and greatest” of the gardening world. On the other hand, we too often discover that the latest is not in fact the greatest, and vice versa. Therefore, before we offer a variety for sale, we trial it in our own gardens in Connecticut, or, in some cases, rely on the recommendations of certain breeders and growers who have proven trustworthy over the long term. Some of the plants shown here are brand new to the nursery trade; others have been available elsewhere for some time. They all have met our high standards for garden performance, and we are pleased to feature them this season.