March 23, 2015

Update To Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals App Expected In April

A new update to the Greatest Perennials & Annuals app narrows the gap between consumers and grower-retailers, while providing more of Armitage’s top picks and growing advice for success with plants.

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Salvia 'Ember's Wish'

March 11, 2015

Annual Salvias – Not Just Red Bedding Plants Anymore

Salvias are popular — and they need not all be the same. Here are a few you know well, and perhaps a few you do not. All are easy to grow and may be found through a broker or grower.

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Dr Allan Armitage

March 11, 2015

Memoirs Of A Plantsman: Q & A With Allan Armitage

In light of the upcoming release of Dr. Allan Armitage's memoir, "It’s Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman," Greenhouse Grower caught up with him for an in-depth Q & A about his newest work and what he’s planning next.

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January 28, 2015

Ornamental Grasses Bring Low Maintenance To The Landscape

Read about Allan Armitage's picks for low-maintenance grasses for the landscape.

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Dr Allan Armitage

January 9, 2015

Carex: Up And Coming Perennial For Spring Sales

Carex has quietly become as important to the landscape trade as popular grasses like panicum and miscanthus.

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November 24, 2014

Impatiens Downy Mildew: Is It Time Yet?

Has enough time passed to add bedding impatiens back into the starting lineup without the fear of downy mildew?

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Dr Allan Armitage

November 3, 2014

Plants That Passed Their Trial: Armitage’s Favorites From 2014

Allan Armitage outlines his favorite top performing plants of 2014 he'd like to see offered by growers, brokers and retailers in 2015.

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Dr Allan Armitage

September 26, 2014

Let’s Get Real — We Are Not Going Anywhere

The greenhouse industry has turned a corner. We are incorporating change into everything we do.

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August 22, 2014

The Plant Season Is Over — What I Have Seen

Annuals, perennials, shrubs, even trees, assailed us all season. We started out viewing new plants in April at the California Spring Trials and watched these newbies and their older siblings in trials, gardens and field days. Here are some thoughts on the four crops that keep filling my radar screen almost everywhere I go.

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Dr Allan Armitage

July 28, 2014

You Don’t Need To Hit A Homerun Every Time, Armitage Says

The more I meet positive people and learn about successful endeavors, the more I understand that consistency, not power is the key.

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July 18, 2014

Plants I Know My Daughters, Neighbors And Friends Would Like To See At Retail

Check out Allan Armitage's recommendations for five plants we all need to see more of in the future.

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Dr Allan Armitage

May 9, 2014

There Is Always Something To Celebrate

Allan Armitage celebrates 30 years of writing Tips Of The Trade for Greenhouse Grower and reflects on some memorable moments.

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April 16, 2014

Invasive And Aggressive Plants: Don’t Sell Them, Even If They’re Pretty, Armitage Says

There is no excuse for growers and retailers continuing to sell invasive and aggressive plants. Plants that once seemed benign garden plants are strangling entire areas. And we are still selling them! Even if they look beautiful, they will turn gardeners off and ultimately hurt us all.

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April 16, 2014

Armitage On New Introductions From Ball Horticultural Co., Fides Oro And Green Fuse Botanicals, On The Final Day Of California Spring Trials

Allan Armitage recaps Day 6 of the 2014 California Spring Trials, discussing Bounce impatiens, Kabloom calibrachoas, Cannova callas, Vernique veronica, Madrid Gold lavender and more new varieties.

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Dr Allan Armitage

March 27, 2014

Growing Veggies Without The Garden

Edibles like strawberries thrive in containers and are wonderfully ornamental.

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Dr Allan Armitage

December 30, 2013

An Optimistic Outlook Improves Every Task, Allan Armitage Says

Change your way of thinking to make everything easier and every day brighter.

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December 2, 2013

Today’s Breeders On Tomorrow’s Plants

One of the future challenges is the continuing need for new and improved crops for the consumer. Make no mistake about it, new crops — and new breeders — are the lifeblood of this industry.

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November 14, 2013

Taking Time To Educate Consumers Pays Off

How many springs have we been hearing customers lament over failed echinaceas? “Fancy” echinaceas (peach, salmon, mango, yellow, doubles, shaggy, hideous) are not our native purple coneflowers — not even close. They have been infused with blood from at least four other species, none of which are as vigorous or tough as the purple coneflower. The result is that gardeners plant these unusual beauties with great enthusiasm, only to find they do not return the next year. I’m not sure how many people actually read this column, but I bet many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. From Akron to Atlanta, the complaint is the same: the new echinaceas are not long-lasting. How many times must we shoot ourselves in the foot? Soon we will need prosthetics. Little research has been done, and I am aware of no scientific papers published on this phenomenon. So what do we […]

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Allan Armitage on Combination Planters

June 6, 2012

Allan Armitage on Combination Planters

Greenhouse Grower‘s varieties guru talks about some of his favorite combination planters.

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