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November 05, 2010
Those who like the bright, cheerful displays of color that many geum cultivars deliver in the early spring, but wish these plants would bloom into the summer months, I’d like to introduce you to Geum x hybrid ‘Totally Tangerine’ (aka ‘Tim’s...
November 04, 2010
This new verbena series is easy to grow, offering a semi-upright habit so they are appropriate for containers and flower beds. Empress verbena are tolerant of both heat and cold, and are nice additions to gardens over a wide range of geography. They...
August 17, 2010
Angelonia is a genus of almost 30 species native to Central and South America. Our current commercial varieties have been developed primarily from hybrids of two species, Angelonia angustifolia and Angelonia integerrima. Angelonia is a perennial in...
July 20, 2010
Physostegia virginiana, with its upright habit, is primarily used as a backdrop in landscapes or for late-season production in large container sizes. However, thanks to the breeding efforts of Benary Seed and its introduction of ‘Crystal Peak White...
July 20, 2010
The calibrachoa Caloha series was bred by Breier in Israel, exclusively for Cohen, in 2004-2005. The first four varieties were introduced commercially in Europe and North America for 2006. The idea was to create a range of varieties that would fit...
April 12, 2010
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are commonly applied as sprays to inhibit extension growth and produce more compact floriculture crops. There are numerous commercial products available, some containing the same active ingredient, but their...
April 12, 2010
As native plants build in popularity, showy performers like echinacea (coneflower) appeal to growers and gardeners alike. The new, All-America Selections award-winning PowWow echinacea from PanAmerican Seed is a first year-flowering native perennial...
April 12, 2010
The bearded iris, also known as German iris, is one of the most majestic and popular perennials used in landscape settings. Bearded irises have three petals that grow upward, referred to as standards; and three petals, known as falls, that grow...
March 25, 2010
New for 2010, Syngenta Flowers’ Kwik Kombos are three-in-one custom-grown mixed liners. This new product form takes the guesswork out of producing high-quality premium combination planters and baskets. Each mix has undergone extensive production...
February 16, 2010
With their flamboyant and sweetly scented blooms, Oriental lilies definitely draw consumers’ attention in garden centers. In the past, Orientals were primarily grown and marketed as potted plants that were sold around major holidays such as Easter...
December 04, 2009
Saxifraga arendsii is a cool-season alpine perennial that provides an abundance of bloom in the early spring. The Touran series is a recent introduction from Syngenta and offers a nice compact habit combined with an abundance of flowers. The Touran...
October 28, 2009
Cyclamen are primarily known for their use as potted plants, marketed around many of the major winter holidays. But many consumers are surprised to learn that some cyclamen species are winter hardy and can be effectively used in perennial landscapes...
October 08, 2009
No perennial program is complete without several heuchera cultivars. Heuchera has become incredibly popular and widely grown, namely thanks to the characteristics of the foliage as well as its coral bell–shaped flowers borne on wiry stems. In recent...
September 03, 2009
With its ease of production and blooming characteristics, dianthus continues its popularity as a mainstream perennial for growers, landscapers, and gardeners alike. ‘Coconut Punch’ is the result of the breeding efforts of Kevin Hurd from Walters...
August 07, 2009
Penstemon barbatus Pinacolada is an easy-to-grow, first-year-flowering perennial recently introduced by Syngenta Flowers. This series offers several attributes growers commonly look for, including a compact growing habit, uniform and showy flowers,...
June 30, 2009
Veronica ‘Christy’ is a recent introduction that offers growers many desirable attributes such as a compact growing habit, extended bloom time and ease of production. Washington plantswoman Christy Hensler bred ‘Christy’ by crossing Veronica ‘Crater...
June 05, 2009
The popularity of ferns continues to rise as homeowners, avid gardeners and landscapers add texture to their landscapes with various varieties. One of the showiest ferns is the autumn fern, Dryopteris erythrosora, which provides season-long interest...
May 07, 2009
Prunella ‘Summer Daze’ is a reliable variety for commercial growers to consider adding to their perennial programs. This cultivar maintains an attractive appearance and distinguishes itself from other cultivars in an otherwise neglected genus by its...
April 09, 2009
Lavender continues to be a popular perennial plant. Growers now have one more reason to be excited about producing lavandula: There is now an award-winning series with a range of flower colorations. Let me introduce you to the Ellagance series of...
January 26, 2009
Growers looking for easy-to-grow, early-spring-flowering perennials should be interested in the Axcent series of aubretia from Syngenta Flowers. Compared to other cultivars on the market, the Axcent series blooms one to two weeks earlier and...