Culture

Perennial Solutions: Adenophora confusa ‘Fairy Bells Gaudi Violet’

It’s really great to witness all of the fine breeding efforts that have occurred with perennials over the past couple of decades. I particularly like to see when a breeder takes a little-known plant, such... more »

Culture Report: Salvia Grandstand Series

The first commercial Salvia splendens varieties were tall, thin and lacking the colorful punch of today’s selections. Breeders saw the potential of this plant and soon developed varieties that were much more compact with an... more »

Perennial Solutions: Lobelia Starship Series

Just one look at the Starship series of lobelia and you’ll understand just how impressive and out-of-this-world these cultivars are. ‘Starship Deep Rose’ has stunning deep pink flowers and ‘Starship Scarlet’ has eye-catching red flowers.... more »

Culture Report: Toucan Canna Series

Growing canna lilies has always been problematic for many growers. The rhizomes were always a source of risk for virus, and the uniformity was always lacking as some rhizomes grew quickly while others lagged behind,... more »

Culture Report: Ipomoea SolarPower Series

Have you ever met a person you didn’t like? If we are honest we all have. Sometimes people don’t make a good first impression. But there are many more ipomoea I have met that I... more »

Perennial Solutions: Erysimum ‘Rysi Moon’

Erysimum is a class of early flowering perennials unfamiliar to many and probably underutilized by most. In recent years, plant selection and breeding efforts have given new life to wallflowers. ‘Rysi Moon’ is one of... more »

Perennial Solutions: Penstemon Rock Candy Series

Star Roses and Plants recently introduced a new line of penstemon marketed as Rock Candy series, which is comprised of five cultivars with bold flower colorations: Blue, Light Pink, Pink, Purple and Ruby. Besides their... more »

Perennial Solutions: Azalea ‘Encore Autumn Fire’

Azaleas are great shrubs for bringing lots of color into spring landscapes. Over the years, the breeding efforts of renowned breeder Buddy Lee has led to the introduction of the Encore series, which provides multiple... more »

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