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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...
January 19, 2009
Ornamental grasses continue their popularity with growers, landscapers and consumers alike. Although the ornamental grass hakonechloa is not new to our industry, it is quickly being added into production by numerous perennial growers across the...
December 11, 2008
Many growers are looking for a perennial that is easy to produce and provides a bright, cheerful display of color to supplement their early- to mid-season product lines. Geum ‘Cooky’ is a great perennial for early sales and is largely underutilized...
November 18, 2008
 
October 16, 2008
Are you looking for an eye-catching plant that is sure to get everyone’s attention? With its incredible display of bright-yellow, fluted blooms, coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ may be the plant you are looking for. ‘Jethro Tull’ is a recent introduction...
September 23, 2008
The Iceland poppy is an attractive, delicate, cool-season perennial produced by growers for spring programs. It has been largely underused in the past and is becoming increasingly popular in recent years. The Iceland poppy is a short-lived perennial...
August 11, 2008
Summer gardens are incomplete without the presence of agastache. Few perennials provide such a stunning display of long-lasting color. ‘Raspberry Summer’, a recent introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries, produces an abundance of raspberry-pink...
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