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Think purple heart is old hat? Try this new version from Hort Couture with oversized, deep-purple leaves to 3 inches wide. I stumbled on one at a garden center in Atlanta, and it was love at first sight. The graceful way it trails from its container inspires me to try it in a hanging basket.
This high-gloss tropical foliage plant is such a deep shade of maroon that it's nearly black. Use it outdoors in the summer as an accent plant in a sunny border or container in which it can reach 4 feet. And it can easily be nipped back to keep it comfy in an indoor spot.
Big, black, star-shaped, textured leaves with a red reverse on this Terra Nova introduction give it high drama in the shade garden in summer and in a container in a bright room. Pink flowers chase away winter doldrums. It's hardy in Zones 10-11.
A hybrid between Aloe and close kin Gasteria, this retro succulent from Proven Winners is multipurpose indeed-a perennial in Zones 8-11, an annual in cooler zones and a great houseplant everywhere. Rosettes of red-tinged, narrow leaves are crowned by orange flowers in winter and spring.
Ornamental peppers have become popular summer annuals, and surprise, surprise, they're happy indoors as well. 'Sangria' is a new introduction from PanAmerican Seed with a continuous full complement of red and purple peppers that are not hot (so they're child-friendly).
Garden Design editors look for new Way Hot plants at the 2007 California Pack Trials 
Where to find the plants listed in The 2005 Way Hot 100. 
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New plants are top of the agenda in spring and we've rounded up some of the very best picks for 2005, from garden center stars to the very rare. Enjoy!
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Interest in selected forms of native plants has never been greater. They're the obvious choice for creating gardens that look beautifully in place.
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Foliage plants are the hardworking backbone of the garden. They provide year-round interest and color if you choose well.
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