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March 16, 2011
Whether on a sunny dining room table, hanging on a front door or potted up around the yard, succulents are the newfound fun plants for today’s consumers. No longer limited to the gardens of the Southwest, gardeners are finding new and creative ways...
February 22, 2011
One of America’s favorite natives, echinacea continue to be a necessity in any perennial collection, and new breeding has brought wonderful improvements to the straight species. Echinacea is an All-American prairie flower that rewards its growers...
February 22, 2011
This improved hybrid livens up the landscape with bright color and is sure to make an impression at garden centers across the country Over the past several years, many growers have added hydrangea to their product lines. Hydrangea produce large,...
February 22, 2011
Which introductions will you add to your poinsettia program this year? This year 18 new cultivars were introduced in the National Poinsettia Trials conducted at Homewood Nursery in Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the...
January 27, 2011
Trialed and tested, these healthy dianthus perform well in greenhouses, nurseries and in the landscape. Dianthus has become one of the most commonly grown perennials in North America. Whetman Pinks, a specialist breeder in the UK, has introduced...
January 27, 2011
Adding texture to the landscape, the 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year provides tremendous value from spring to fall. Amsonia hubrichtii is an outstanding perennial that has largely gone under the radar until recently when it was selected as the...
December 21, 2010
In a world of too many petunias, it is difficult to bring something to the market that is truly different. The Perfectunia series bred by Westhoff Plants in Germany makes growing petunias easy and profitable. Perfectunias provide extremely early...
November 30, 2010
If you have not been a huge fan of the fuzzy leafed lamb’s-ears type stachys typically grown in the past, put those thoughts to the side because there are some exciting and very marketable species of stachys available today. Stachys macrantha ‘...
November 30, 2010
Ease in production and versatility in use make the Dragon series a product worth trying The antirrhinum Dragon series from the Ecke Ranch offers growers a new face in the snapdragon class. Dragons’ flowers have a unique and interesting open-faced...
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...