From Acer to Viburnum and Agave to Tulbaghia, there’s a bumper crop of new plants for the coming year.

In this annual introductions issue, the plants we highlight are not just new-which is always exciting-they’re also exceptional selections that hold the promise of performance in the landscape and in the garden center.

If you’re looking for the unusual, it’s here. And if you’re looking for that new twist on a trusted workhorse, you’ll find that here, too. But! If you don’t find what you’re looking for in these pages, check us out online. More than 170 plants were submitted this year from nearly 40 sources, and our eco-conscience required that we present the entire selection digitally. Trust us: You’ll be hard-pressed to narrow down your own choices.