What's that rosy glow in the distance? It's the dawn of a new gardening year! The long trudge of winter may seem to go on forever, but the days are getting longer, and it's time to start dreaming and planning.

Here are some bright new plants you may want to add to your wish list. It's too soon to know which retailers will be selling most of these, but search for them online and in catalogs or ask for them at your local garden center. (When we've found a source for purchasing, we've listed it.)

Wondering if it will grow here? Southern Illinois is in Zone 7 of the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. We’ve edited this list to those plants that should do well in the region.

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The folks at Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina did a double take when they spotted this outsize hybrid of a fern that is a shade-garden…

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Elegant ice-blue flowers with many petals are abundant over a long bloom time on this shrubby vine from Proven Winners. Send it up a trellis o…

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A sparkling array of small, sweet (not hot) peppers covers a compact plant that is both attractive and edible. Just 18 inches high, this new h…

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Here's a lovely little tomato for container gardens, small plots, large window boxes or even hanging baskets. A fast-growing, mounding plant a…

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The deep burgundy and green color will enliven a salad bowl, and the leaves have that satisfying romaine crunch. The breeder says the red colo…

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Bounce hybrid impatiens: Do you miss the impatiens blooms that used to brighten your shade garden before downy mildew mowed down these popular…

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The abundant, fragrant, fluffy roses are a rich apricot that fades to cream, with a strong scent of vanilla and cedar. From David Austin Roses…

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Enjoy this attractive shrub for its feathery chartreuse foliage, touched with red. You'll also get white spring flowers and red berries in fal…

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