Readers’ Choice

Vote for your favorite among this year’s category winners (Annuals, Perennials and Best of the Rest)

Finalist voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Award!

Its time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is picked as the best new introduction in 2015. Breeders and plant introducers have entered their best varieties by category and now the winners in the Annuals, Perennials and Best Of The Rest categories will face off to win the Readers’ Choice award. The winner will be announced July 13 at Greenhouse Growers’ prestigious Evening of Excellence reception during Cultivate’15 in Columbus, Ohio.

The voting schedule is as follows:
Finalists – June 12 (opens at 12 a.m. EDT) to June 26 (closes at 12 a.m. EST)

Voting Rules and Conditions

A special thank you to our 2015 Medal of Excellence sponsor partners Landmark Plastics, Stockosorb and Nufarm.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of the three finalists. One vote per person, please.

The voting period for Best of the Rest has passed. Finals competition is next!

More About The Medal Of Excellence Awards

In Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Awards tradition, three awards are presented for breeding:

The Readers’ Choice Award is voted on by our readers online. Breeders submit their top plants for consideration for this award.

The Industry’s Choice Award is selected by a panel of industry members who attend Spring trials and saw introductions in person.

The Editor’s Choice Award is chosen by Greenhouse Grower Editor Laura Drotleff.

Winners of all three awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence In Marketing and Industry Achievement, will be announced July 13 at the Evening Of Excellence at Cultivate’15 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!

Celosia 'Dragon's Breath' (Proven Winners)

Celosia ‘Dragon’s Breath’ (Sakata Ornamentals)

Colors: Red
Uses: Containers, landscape
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: 14 to 15 weeks, sow to finish
Category: Annuals

‘Dragon’s Breath’ is a stunning celosia that produces an abundance of vibrant red foliage and brilliant red plume flowers. It performs well under hot and humid conditions and makes a serious statement in both mixed containers and fall landscapes. It is an extra-large, late-flowering variety and creates fall-flowering plumes of color.

 

Leucanthemum 'Luna' (Terra Nova Nurseries)Leucanthemum ‘Luna’ (Terra Nova Nurseries)

Colors: Buttercream Yellow
Uses: Garden
Plant Habit: Mounded
Crop Time: 1 Gallon: 10 to 12 weeks
Category: Perennials

Leucanthemum ‘Luna’ is an eye catcher in the garden. This low vernalized leucanthemum will present a dome of flowers that open yellow and shade to a butter cream. Last summer, we counted 95 blooms on ‘Luna’ at one time.

 

Rosa 'First Editions Above and Beyond' (Bailey Nurseries)

Rosa ‘First Editions Above and Beyond’ (Bailey Nurseries)

Colors: Orange flower buds, apricot-colored flowers
Uses: Climbing rose or freestanding upright shrub rose
Plant Habit: Climbing, upright
Crop Time: Mid- to late-spring bloom with sporadic repeat summer blooms
Category: Best of the Rest

‘First Editions Above and Beyond’ rose is a disease-resistant rose that is cold hardy to Zone 3, with reliable spring flowering and vigorous growth. Orange flower buds open in prolific clusters of five or more apricot colored, semi-double to double flowers. Plants bloom in mid to late spring with sporadic repeat flowering in summer. Above and Beyond can be grown as a dependable climber or large freestanding shrub.

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