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April 20, 2012
In this issue, we present a summary of diseases that occur in phlox. Remember: Product controls are based on research trials and do not reflect an endorsement of any sort. Click on the PDF below to learn more.
March 13, 2012
Ornamental herbaceous perennials represent approximately 14 percent of the total value of floriculture crop production in the United States. An increasing number of perennials are grown and marketed in flower. Michigan State University faculty and...
March 13, 2012
Chrysocephalum ‘Outback Silver Sunburst’ is a beautiful foliage component from the Ecke Ranch. It has silvery leaves on a mounded, compact plant. Bright yellow flowers open on mature plants. Silver Sunburst can be used as a contrast plant in mixed...
March 13, 2012
Many people recognize and associate hollyhocks with their grandmothers’ garden. Although alcea may be considered an old fashioned perennial, the genetics of this genus has been enhanced over the years, offering several improved attributes in the...
February 09, 2012
With Sun Harmony, Danziger delivers what few can: impatiens that perform and excel in the brightest sunshine. Plants are covered in flowers even at the height of summer. Variety Information The Sun Harmony series features incomparable big 2-inch...
February 09, 2012
Caladiums make a great addition to any perennial program. With their interesting and colorful foliage, caladiums provide instant color to retail displays and fit perfectly with the ‘color sells’ philosophy in today’s marketplace. Breeding and...
February 09, 2012
Blueberries are a great candidate for container production. They fit into the ornamental edibles market niche and combine consumer interest in edible gardening, sustainability and low-care perennials. Blueberry cultivars selected for local...
February 09, 2012
Welcome to the “North American Poinsettia Trials” — we have changed the name of the National Poinsettia trial program this year to highlight that the University of Guelph, Vineland Station, Ontario, is now part of the program. Wayne Brown...
January 11, 2012
Ten years ago when Proven Winners released the Superbena collection of verbena it was a different world, and this crop is one that has changed a lot in terms of not only the quality of the breeding, but also the sheer number of varieties to choose...
January 11, 2012
Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ was first introduced by Walters Gardens, Inc. in 2000 and over the past 11 years this hardy perennial has become a reliable and popular perennial for shade gardens across the country. With its ease of production, desirable...
December 09, 2011
This strongly scented dianthus is easy to grow and flowers all summer long. Last year, Fides Oro introduced the new dianthus Kahori: a plant with very attractive pink flowers, a great scent and hardiness to Zone 4. This plant has had major...
December 09, 2011
With its late-season bloom and compact habit, the Pretty Lady series is an ideal candidate for fall perennial programs. Most perennial growers are looking for fall flowering items to add to their product lines and the Pretty Lady series of Anemone...
November 10, 2011
  Dahlias have always been a dramatic addition to a garden or patio, but with the introduction of new RED FOX dahlia XXL, the curtain has opened on a whole new act. All seven XXL varieties are just as their name suggests — large-...
November 10, 2011
  Helenium is a very attractive, yet underutilized perennial. Helenium ‘Double Trouble’ is no exception, as it is the only commercially available double flowering cultivar, producing countless small, daisy-like double bright,...
October 18, 2011
Available in 11 colors that have been improved for branching, uniformity and free flowering, Accents are the impatiens of choice when large blooms and strong garden vigor are what really matters. The ‘gold standard’ for bedding impatiens has been...
October 18, 2011
Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’ offers growers many desirable attributes such as a compact growing habit, an extended bloom time, and ease of production. This attractive and fragrant bloomer also has strong landscape performance, which has helped it...
September 21, 2011
SuperCal, a revolutionary leader in the all-new flower class known as petchoa (petunia x calibrachoa hybrid) delivers the best characteristics of two top-selling species into one. From the petunia side of its family legacy, SuperCal inherits strong...
September 21, 2011
When in full bloom, lithodora is a show stopper in containers and garden settings. Lithodora ‘White Star’ is no exception as it produces an abundance of gleaming white star-shaped blossoms outlined in vibrant blue during the late spring and into the...
September 21, 2011
As mixed combos continue to grow in popularity, breeders are adding new mixes to their collections. Find out which mixes stood out in trials. Mixed containers and baskets have been a staple component of color programs for years. The industry has...
August 24, 2011
It’s the dawn of a new day in gazanias as recent breeding efforts have focused on developing big and bold varieties for consumers. Gazania is a native of South Africa and is also called treasure flower. They are widely grown and admired for their...