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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...
November 13, 2007
There are several commercially grown plants that fall into more than one product category; Caryopteris divaricata ‘Snow Fairy’ is an herbaceous perennial that grows and performs like a shrub but can be marketed under either horticultural category....
October 19, 2007
With its ease of production and first-year flowering, the Tutti Frutti series is a great addition to commercial perennial programs. Other commercially beneficial attributes include uniform flowering, a long bloom time, great plant habit for...
September 19, 2007
The Mini-Me series of petunias from Cohen Nursery of Israel is bred by Breier in Israel and is available exclusively through Cohen. The concept of the Mini-Me petunia series is to present a natural petunia that will give the same results of finished...
September 19, 2007
With the increasing demand for ornamental grasses and the popularity of the annual purple fountain grass pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, the perennial red switch grass Panicum virgatum ‘Prairie Fire’ is well-positioned to catch on like wildfire. Many perennial...
August 20, 2007
Through plant selection and breeding efforts, the previous perception of mullein, formerly only recognized as a weed, is gradually changing as gardeners, landscapers and growers are beginning to recognize mullein as desirable ornamental plants....
June 20, 2007
Salvia ‘Marcus’ is a dwarf selection of meadow sage with many notable characteristics for commercial growers, landscapers and homeowners. Compact spikes of deep-violet flowers are produced above bushy clumps of attractive gray-green foliage in the...
May 07, 2007
There are numerous perennials with huge potential for both commercial growers and landscapers alike that are currently underutilized by the industry. These plants are often easy to produce with relatively few cultural problems and look good in both...
April 16, 2007
In recent years, there have been numerous aquilegia cultivars introduced into the industry with improved characteristics. The Winky series from Kieft Seeds Holland is an award-winning series of columbine that is becoming increasingly popular with...
March 19, 2007
The true arrival of spring is frequently welcomed by the vivid colors of the English primrose. Primula are widely grown and marketed as bedding plants, potted house plants and perennials. Although they make excellent garden plantings, they are...
February 26, 2007
In recent years, Asiatic lilies have become more popular as cut flowers, potted plants and landscape perennials. Many perennial producers have increased their production of these easy-to-grow plants, as they provide an impressive display of color at...
January 16, 2007
With its aromatic, silver-green foliage and impressive, long-lasting display of lavender-blue flowers throughout the summer months, it’s no wonder that nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ has caught the attention of gardeners, landscapers and perennial...
November 15, 2006
Most homeowners and gardeners are very familiar with pansies and violas, which occupy the fall and early spring landscapes. Most pansies are produced as bedding plants as are various hybrids of Viola x wittrockiana. Many individuals only view...
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