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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...
July 14, 2008
When in bloom, monarda delivers an eye-catching, spectacular display of color to summer gardens. Monarda ‘Pink Lace’ is no exception, producing an abundance of lipstick-pink flowers with purple centers atop dark stems from midsummer to early fall....
June 11, 2008
To extend their marketing and sales windows, many growers seek daylily cultivars that have long blooming periods and reblooming characteristics. Nearly every grower is familiar with or already produces ‘Stella D’Oro’, which is widely recognized as...
May 07, 2008
Polemonium ‘Bressingham Purple’ is a compact selection of Jacob’s ladder with many appealing characteristics for commercial growers, landscapers and homeowners. The purple-tinted, deep-green fernlike leaves grow symmetrically and are highly...
April 09, 2008
Myosotis sylvatica is a biennial that is often produced as an annual and marketed alongside bedding plants. It is a familiar plant that has been used for years in gardens as a border plant or flowering groundcover. Commercially, growers most often...
March 06, 2008
Arabis caucasica, commonly referred to as rock cress, is a delicate cool-season perennial often produced by growers for early spring sales. As the common name implies, rock cress is widely planted in rock gardens, but also performs well as a...
January 17, 2008
Editors’ note: Each January, ‘Perennial Solutions’ features the Perennial Plant Association’s (PPA) Plant of the Year, and this year is no different. This year, the PPA has selected one of Paul Pilon’s past feature plants as its 2008 Plant of the...
December 11, 2007
Bellefleur is a showy, well-branched perennial that is ideal for production in 5-inch or smaller containers. The series currently contains two colors, ‘Bellefleur Blue’ and ‘Bellefleur White’, which both produce compact, floriferous mounds reaching...