Check out this array of jaw-dropping new varieties for stunning hanging baskets and containers.
June 16, 2008
Free-flowering and early-blooming under short days, Cabaret calibrachoa has a higher pH tolerance, so the foliage stays dark green longer. In addition to 'Cabaret Peach,' also new for 2008 are 'Yellow Glow' and 'Purple Glow.' They grow 6 to 10 inches tall with a spread of 8 to 12 inches and require full sun.
'Abunda Colossal Sky Blue' joins the Abunda series for 2008. This new variety produces extremely large flowers for high impact. The big, beautiful blooms are set off by the dark green foliage. They reach a height of 8 to 12 inches and spread 8 to 12 inches in full sun.
Ball Horticultural Co.
'Happy Hour Rose' morning glory features abundant, pretty rose-red flowers, each with a white throat, over variegated foliage. Plants climb 6 to 9 feet and flowering starts when the vine reaches 3 feet.
Ball Horticultural Co.
'Titan Pure White' vinca is very early-flowering and vigorous, with better disease and stress tolerance than open-pollinated varieties. Titans bloom up to two weeks faster, producing a very large, well-branched plant. 'Titan Pure White' is the first pure white F1 vinca, with very large flowers and no pink center ring.
'Blanket Zinfandel' petunias feature nickel-sized, deep wine flowers by the hundreds. Vigorous in habit, Blankets will effortlessly trail, creating premium hanging basket combinations.
Cathedrals are the new generation in Farinaceous salvia. Vegetatively propagated, they are more stout in habit, have considerably larger inflorescences and bloom continuously. 'Sky Blue' features gorgeous, light blue flowers.
Scopia 'Gulliver Blue Sensation' features masses of giant, light blue flowers covering the compact, well-branched plant. 'Gulliver Blue Sensation' has a mounded-trailing growth habit.
Scopia 'Great Regal Blue' offers large, deep blue flowers that are gracefully borne above the dark green foliage. 'Great Regal Blue' is floriferous, branched and compact with a mounded-trailing growth habit.
The Confetti Garden Liner is one 40mm Ellepot with two or three color-coordinated cultivars, pre-cultured and grown together. The combinations were selected for timing, habit and striking color appeal. They include verbena, petunias and Dömmen's new calibrachoa. Confetti liners help take the guesswork out of combination planning.
Paul Ecke Ranch
Ecke Geraniums, Oglevee Products 'Maestro White' is one of the newest introductions in this mid-sized range of zonal geraniums. The plant habit and height of this series make it possible to use in pots, combinations and baskets effectively without over-growing the container. White is a great color to use for contrast against either pastel shades or bold colors.
Paul Ecke Ranch
Velocity is a new series of vegetatively produced viola with mounded plant habit. The heat- and full sun-tolerance of these new viola keep them flowering from spring to fall. Available in five colors from pastel to bold, this series is in its first year of release and will be in limited quantities this year.
'Summer Idols Pink' is a zonal pelargonium with dark leaves and a clear zone. This vigorous variety has strong salmon-colored flowers and can be used in baskets or combination plantings with other trailing or upright varieties.
'Dancing Idols White' is a double-flowered trailing geranium with strong, dark leaves. It is a well-branched plant and its well-filled flowers offer plenty of color impact. It is easy to handle because of the compact habit in the beginning of the growing period, but it fits perfectly in hanging baskets or combinations because of its trailing aspects.
Campanula poscharskyana 'Blue Waterfall' features deep blue, bell-shaped flowers with a dainty white center that cover this mat-forming creeper in June. Reaching a mature size of 9 inches tall by 24 inches in spread, it grows in sun to partial shade, hardy to Zone 4.
Lychnis 'Rolly's Favorite' is an incredibly floriferous perennial smothered in soft pink flowers with white centers from late spring to summer. Bushy, compact and freely branching, each stem produces multiple buds and flowers for a constant succession of bloom. Hardy to Zone 4, it grows best in sun to partial shade and reaches 15 inches high by 12 inches wide.
Begonia 'Gumdrop Cherry Blossom,' part of the Plants That Work by Color line, is a new form of an old favorite that features soft, fully double flowers in soft pink. Cherry Blossom flowers profusely all summer long and is as tough as it is durable. Reaching 12 by 18 inches, plant in sun to part shade.
Osteospermum 'Doris Daisy Pillow Talk' is a classy new variety with large, pure-white flowers with purple eyes. While Pillow Talk might go out of flower in extreme heat, it will bounce right back once it cools down. Ideal for full sun, it reaches 10 by 22 inches and is hardy to Zone 9.
The Shock Wave F1 small-flowered petunia series is all-new for 2008. Available in five colors and two mixes, Shock Wave varieties last longer and look fresher at retail. The flower power is phenomenal: masses of petite blooms offer exceptional bounce-back from rain or overhead watering. Shock Wave petunias are perfect for baskets, containers and combos, with a height of 7 to 10 inches and spreading 2½ to 3 feet in full sun.
'Easy Wave Mystic Pink' is a new addition to the F1 spreading petunia series. Large flowers in a unique, psychedelic soft to mid pink and white pattern are highlighted by a splash of color that ranges from morn to star.
This spring, Proven Winners will expand the Superbells color palette with seven new introductions. 'Apricot Punch,' which is an independent garden center exclusive this year, is one of the smallest, most compact growers in the series, with golden apricot flowers with a distinctive dark eye, creating a strong bicolor effect.
Catalina torenia is a perfect choice for areas that will get quite a bit of shade throughout the day. These plants are quite heat-tolerant and offer dazzling white throats and oversized blooms. It will do well in partial to full shade, on its own in a container or against a background of silver or lime-green foliage plants.
The viola Four Seasons series is the first viola F1 series especially bred for hanging baskets with a great, mounding habit. Four Seasons F1 won several awards, including the University of Florida field trials, thanks to its long-lasting flowering time.
Begonia x tuberhybrida 'Snow Angels Formula Mixture F1' offers a great mounding habit with a mixture of F1 varieties.
'Profusion Double Cherry' is the first double petal flower form for the series. As with the full Profusion series, this variety is tolerant of heat and high humidity, having fewer disease problems than other zinnias. Cherry red color makes it an ideal focus plant in mixed containers, as well, from spring through fall frosts.
SuperNova primula presents flowers on sturdy stems well above the plant foliage, making this new variety an excellent choice for mixed containers. 'SuperNova Fire' presents a center of golden yellow blending to fire red on the outside edge of each bloom.
Selecta First Class
'Magadi Light Blue' is a great new lobelia, the first interspecific type that shows colors all over the plant without the typical more open look of those types. Magadi loves the heat and performs great in the summer, giving the color expression of traditional lobelias. Its habit is ball-shaped all summer long and has bright, light blue flowers.
Selecta First Class
Bidens ferulifolia 'Namid' is also new for 2008 season. Yellow is an important color, and 'Namid' adds a new yellow choice to the Selecta program. It is a medium vigorous variety with a well-branched habit. It has large, golden-yellow flowers and dark green foliage. 'Namid' flowers early and performs great for the consumer.
Fragaria 'Lipstick' has dark green, oval leaves that are the ideal backdrop for deep, rich pink flowers. 'Lipstick' puts on quite a show from late spring to early fall until the flowers eventually give way to small, tasty red strawberries. It reaches 4 to 12 inches tall at maturity and is hardy to Zone 4.
Gypsophila 'Rosea' features grey-green, thin, elongated foliage that stays low and is covered in small, pink flowers in late spring. 'Rosea' attracts butterflies and reaches 4 to 8 inches in height. Hardy to Zone 3.
Syngenta Flowers, Inc.
'StrawBurst' bracteantha has vibrant, extra-large yellow blooms with great curb appeal. 'StrawBurst' will last through the summer heat as well as into the cool fall days.
Syngenta Flowers, Inc.
With large, eight-petal, golden-yellow flowers, 'Mexican Gold' bidens provides an abundance of color throughout the garden. It is an outstanding component plant for combination planters and mixed baskets.
Terra Nova Nurseries
Campanula 'Pink Octopus' features Japanese lantern buds that open to striking, pink octopus-like flowers. These weep down from the upright flowering branches above strong, deeply cut foliage. This plant is easy to grow and has a long bloom time. Hardy to Zones 5 to 9.