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September 11, 2014
The Anytime pansiola series is a great new line of viola hybrid that combines the slightly larger flower size of pansies with the flower number and performance of violas. This series makes both spring and fall production of violas easier and faster...
September 11, 2014
Helenium is a genera of perennials that has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Some of the recent demand likely stems from its mid- to late-summer bloom time; Helen’s flower peaks when most summer flowering perennials are on the decline...
August 18, 2014
Bossa Nova, a Begonia boliviensis introduced this spring from Floranova, is a fantastic new option for use in dramatic hanging baskets, colorful combination planters and a variety of other applications where continuous color-power is needed all...
August 18, 2014
Echinacea has become a mainstay in the American landscape. Although this perennial genera is not new to the industry, the last decade has seen an abundance of colorful new cultivars hitting the marketplace and reviving the interest of a traditional...
July 09, 2014
If you like Oriental lilies, the spectacular new Roselily series of double Orientals from Zabo Plant may soon become your new favorite type of Oriental lily. This series features double flowering cultivars, which are pollen free and have a light,...
June 09, 2014
Sedum have come a long way. In the not-too-distant past, we had sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which had many devotees, but had annoying habits, like falling apart. The Touchdown series of sedum redefine, “compact, yet upright, low habit” in the sedum arena....
June 09, 2014
Agastache has been gaining in popularity in recent years. The increase in demand for this perennial is well deserved; after all, its aromatic foliage and showy flowers are appealing to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and landscapers alike. If you...
May 07, 2014
The pansy Grandio series is the newest addition to a well-established and highly beneficial pansy breeding program from Sakata Ornamentals. Known for the extra-large flowered series Majestic Giants, Sakata’s large-flowered Grandio series features...
May 07, 2014
If you have been looking for an easy-to-grow, colorful and not-found-everywhere perennial, look no further. Let me introduce you to the Tye Dye series of Phygelius. This series features four colorful cultivars: ‘Magic Mandarin’ (peachy, orange-...
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...