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August 06, 2013
New Enduro from Ball FloraPlant is a breakthrough in landscape verbena for its extended flowering. Northern breeding trials show Enduro won’t cycle out of color  — even in summer temperatures up to 100° F. In the South, Enduro can be planted in...
August 06, 2013
With its ease of production and strong performance, sedum continues to be a perennial plant of interest for growers, landscapers and gardeners alike.  Recently, breeder Chris Hansen has introduced a new sedum called ‘Dazzleberry’, which is...
July 10, 2013
In recent years, advances in pansy breeding have brought to market a new class of pansies with trailing growth habits. These pansies have great sell-through at retail in spring and fall because of their unique spilling habit, floriferous growth and...
July 10, 2013
By definition, the word “phenomenal” refers to something that is very remarkable or extraordinary. In the past, there have been instances where the cultivar names of certain plants fell short or have not always been representative of the plant’s...
July 10, 2013
Last month, we focused on the overall trends we picked up in California during Spring Trials. In this issue, we’ll share with you some of the new varieties that were unveiled at the multiple breeder stops. With so many new introductions on display,...
June 11, 2013
Lavender has such a strong link in our culture to fragrance and beauty, but making the crossover from long-term to short-term crop has not been easy. ‘Sweet Romance’ from Proven Winners was released to fill the gap of easy-to-produce lavender for...
June 11, 2013
The perennial commonly referred to as the torch lily or red-hot poker is an old fashion perennial which has not become as popular as many of the perennial genera in production today. Although they are very showy when in bloom, the appearance of...
June 11, 2013
Pest prevention is imperative for profitable plant production, and integrated crop management (ICM) is one of the best strategies to achieve it. Many growers find planning and implementing an ICM program can be daunting. However, with new...
June 11, 2013
Each spring, the GPN team heads west for an action-packed week of new-variety trials along the California coast. Starting in Vista and ending in Santa Cruz, we traveled more than 1,000 miles and learned about new breeding breakthroughs and marketing...
May 09, 2013
Originating from the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest United States, the penstemon Riding Hood series has exceptional winter hardiness (Zone 3, -4° F) that is a rarity among penstemons. Bred by Molter BV, the first variety in this series was...
May 09, 2013
Over the last couple decades, gaura has increased in popularity. However, with its flower power and landscape resiliency, this perennial is often underutilized.Through plant selection and improved genetics, many of today’s cultivars offer superior...
May 09, 2013
During the past 20 years, rose downy mildew has become a serious problem, causing significant losses to growers almost every year. The disease has been found in nearly every state across the United States (and Canadian provinces). It does not occur...
May 09, 2013
Choosing which crops to add to your production each year involves some risk. Growing exceptional plants is critical to your business and reputation, and the success of your plants relies on various factors such as tolerance to weather, maintenance...
April 16, 2013
Lobularia Stream series is bred By Danziger and comes in four beautiful and fragrant colors — ‘Lavender Stream’, ‘Silver Stream’, ‘Summer Stream’ and ‘White Stream’. Two new varieties will be added for the 2013-14 season — ‘Purple Stream’, a dark...
April 16, 2013
Sixteen years. Although the popularity of helleborus has increased since the Perennial Plant Association selected Helleborus x hybridus as the 2005 Perennial Plant of the Year, Chris Hansen has been working diligently for 16 years hand-crossing and...
April 16, 2013
The plant growth regulator (PGR) Florel has been used for many years as a foliar spray on a wide variety of ornamental crops as well as some food crops. Until recently, Florel was only thought to be effective when applied as a foliar spray. At the...
April 16, 2013
Black root rot (BRR) caused by the fungus Thielaviopsis basicola is a very persistent and damaging disease for growers of bedding plants, herbaceous perennials and some woody species — including poinsettias. This disease is seen most often on pansy...
March 19, 2013
The snapdragon Candy Showers series, available in five bright colors, is the first trailing snapdragon series available from seed and represents a completely new item for spring and fall sales. Sakata Ornamentals is recognized as a world leader in...
March 19, 2013
Creeping phlox is a widely grown perennial groundcover mostly recognized by the beautiful masses of color it produces in the early spring. It’s hard to beat the stunning display of color as the evergreen carpet wakes up after a long winters rest....
March 19, 2013
Like many ornamental plants, perennials are susceptible to numerous types of plant viruses. Growers often jump to conclusions when they hear the word “virus” and don’t consider that plant viruses are often not as destructive or common as diseases...
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