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April 03, 2014
Who says euphorbias have to be just for Christmas? Growers all over the world have been successful in promoting Suntory’s Princettia varieties outside the Christmas holiday season. Available in four gorgeous shades of pink and Max White, Princettia...
April 03, 2014
Many growers and landscapers successfully produce and utilize a number of mainstream warm season ornamental grasses such as Miscanthus and Panicum. There are several additional warm season grass species that have great characteristics and potential...
March 11, 2014
For herb enthusiasts and food aficionados, Ocimum basilicum (sweet basil) is a must-have variety in the garden. Originating in Southeast Asia and native to India, herb basil has been used for regional cuisines and medicinally for more than 5,000...
March 11, 2014
In recent years, the lines between plants marketed as herbaceous perennials and ornamental shrubs have become somewhat blurred. Many growers produce and market both perennials and shrubs in their commercial offerings. Hypericum ‘Hypearls Compact...
February 12, 2014
Littletunia, a miniature-flower petunia hybrid from Danziger “Dan” Flower Farm, is sensational for early spring sales and beyond. The series is a great alternative to calibrachoa, which can be sensitive to higher pH. Expect a mounded habit combined...
February 12, 2014
Most growers, landscapers and homeowners are very familiar with begonias that are commonly used as bedding plants. Interestingly, there are approximately 900 species of begonia found throughout the world; of these, two species are perennials in...
January 14, 2014
Expand sales, senses and grass programs with Andropogon gerardii ‘Rain Dance’, a new introduction available exclusively from Emerald Coast Growers. It answers the call for added interest in native plants and expands the big bluestem selection with a...
January 14, 2014
Panicum is one of the most widely grown genera of ornamental grasses. In the early 1990s, Roy DiBlik from Northwind Perennial Farm of Wisconsin introduced Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’. This cultivar was selected as a seedling with a different...
January 14, 2014
Sitting in the store next to a few dozen other tropical plants is an aglaonema with a striking red and pink variegation throughout its leaves. The color and texture is foreign to many of the people who walk by, which is not surprising. That’s...
January 14, 2014
While traveling abroad in Europe, Dale Deppe noticed something different about the hydrangeas being sold in garden centers — they were all in flower. As owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, the source for Proven Winners ColorChoice flowering shrubs, he...
December 16, 2013
For the last several years, one of the floriculture research thrusts at Michigan State University has been to better understand how temperature controls growth and flowering of bedding plants. Former graduate students Matthew Blanchard, Lee Ann...
December 16, 2013
With hundreds of new varieties being introduced to the marketplace every year at California Spring Trials, trade shows and the like, it’s easy to become jaded about new plants in general. But every now and then, a new plant hits the market that...
December 16, 2013
Astilbe has long been a perennial favorite in the American landscape. In recent years, there have been improvements to this popular group of plants. Breeding efforts from the Dutch hybridizer Jan Verschoor have brought a breakthrough series of...
November 05, 2013
Aloha Lilies continue to be an exciting collection of eucomis species hybrids from Golden State Bulb Growers (GSBG) as mentioned in the August 2012 edition of GPN. GSBG’s extensive breeding and hybridization program is turning out some exciting new...
November 05, 2013
Many growers, landscapers and consumers are drawn to plants with variegated leaves. When interesting foliage is combined with a brilliant display of blooms, the interest level and demand quickly escalates. Heliopsis ‘Sunburst’ provides beautifully...
November 05, 2013
All around us, the world is changing. From fashion to hair color and gardens to gifts, excitement and vitality is on everyone’s wish list. When Syngenta Flowers Inc. started planning for the next big thing in potted flowers, we thought revitalizing...
October 09, 2013
Fuchsias bring forth a bit of nostalgia for those of us old enough to remember our grandparents and parents purchasing plants to brighten their porches and balconies. The fuchsia Windchimes will develop a new group of gardening fans with its...
October 09, 2013
There are several types of campanula available today. Many of them have become popular and are widely produced. One of the well known, but not the most popular species of campanula, is C. portenschlagiana.   Recently, Florensis brought...
October 09, 2013
It seems home gardeners want everything out of their home-grown tomato that their typical grocery tomato lacks – different colors, funky shapes and amazing taste, basically everything homegrown heirloom tomatoes are known for. Today’s tomato...
October 09, 2013
When it comes to vegetable gardening, the ultimate pay-off is a harvest basket brimming with fresh produce. For vegetable gardeners, it is all about plant performance, fruit production, flavor and bragging rights about their bounty and culinary...