Five new plant varieties got their much-deserved 15 minutes — or three days! — of fame last month in Portland, Ore. Three judges representing garden centers, garden media/gardeners and landscape designers awarded five coveted ribbons at the New Varieties Showcase, a 20- by 50-foot, professionally designed display garden on the Farwest Show exhibit floor.
To be part of the New Varieties Showcase, plants must be either brand new to the market or previously available only in limited quantities. They must offer unique characteristics that distinguish it from other new introductions and be offered for sale by a Farwest Show exhibitor. A selection committee of garden center managers, garden media, growers and landscape designers vet each variety. Here are the winners in each category:
Click here  to see all 39 plants accepted into the Showcase; to be considered for next year's display, submit your entry by March 1, 2010. Next year's show dates are Aug. 26 to 28, 2010. For more information, visit Farwestshow.com .