Readers’ Choice

Vote for your favorite among this year’s new perennial introductions.

Voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Award!

Its time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is picked as the best new introduction in 2016. Breeders and plant introducers have entered their best varieties by category and the winners will advance as finalists to face off to win the Readers’ Choice award. The categories are Annuals, Perennials, and Best of the Rest/Edibles. Finalists will be announced in June, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 11 at Greenhouse Grower’s prestigious Evening of Excellence reception during Cultivate’16 in Columbus, OH.

The voting schedule is as follows:
Annuals – May 20 to May 25 (CLOSED)
Perennials – May 26 to June 1 (opens at 12 EST)
Best of the Rest/Edibles – June 2 to June 8 (opens at 12 EST)
Finalists – June 9 to June 24 (opens at 12 a.m. EST)

Voting Rules and Conditions

A special thank you to our 2016 Medal of Excellence sponsor partners Landmark Plastics, Stockosorb, Nufarm, and AmericanHort. Thank you also to Suntory, sponsor of our continued varieties coverage.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all the contenders in the Annuals category. One vote per person, please.

Readers' Choice Perennials

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, who vote both online and at the AmericanHort Cultivate’16 in July. 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. See Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice And Editor’s Choice Winners for 2015.

Winners of all three awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence In Marketing and Industry Achievement, will be announced July 11 at the Evening Of Excellence at Cultivate’16 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!

Achillea millefolium ‘Ritzy Rose’ (Blooms of Bressingham)
Achillea millefolium ‘Ritzy Rose’ (Blooms of Bressingham)
Color: Deep rose pink
Uses: Suitable for front of the border, containers, rock gardens, and other areas with good drainage. Plants attract bees and butterflies.
Plant Habit: Compact and mounding, grows 10 to 4 inches tall and wide
Crop Time: Transplant unvernalized liners into finished containers in late summer to fall to bulk plants prior to vernalization. Vernalized liners planted in spring are only recommended for quart production. Allow plants to flower in spring with naturally occurring temperatures. If moving pots to a warm house to force, expect plants to start blooming in about six weeks after the start of warm temperatures. Note that vernalized plants will bloom earlier than unvernalized plants.
Category: Perennials

Bred by Syngenta Flowers, ‘Ritzy Rose’ is a naturally compact achillea that blooms earlier than other achillea varieties, beginning in late May to early June. It is a repeat bloomer with deep rose-colored flowers that mature to pink and have a lighter eye. ‘Ritzy Rose’ has a compact, well-branched and mounding habit and is 10 to 14 inches tall and wide. It grows in full sun and is hardy in Zones 4 to 8 (Heat Zones H9 to 1). This achillea attracts bees and butterflies and prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate moderately dry conditions.

Coreopsis 'UpTick Gold and Bronze'
Coreopsis
‘UpTick Gold & Bronze’ (Darwin Perennials)

Color: Gold and Bronze
Uses: Landscape
Plant Habit: Mounded
Crop Time: One gallon: 10 to 12 weeks, 1 ppp; two to three gallons: 12 to 14 weeks, 3 ppp
Category: Perennials

UpTick is set to re-invent the hardy coreopsis class with large, striking flowers and excellent hardiness to Zone 5. A sunny North American native with summer-long blooming and perennial garden interest, UpTick grows tidy with a mounded habit. These grower friendly varieties require no vernalization or long days to flower. UpTick’s bigger flowers and longer blooming means more color at retail and in the garden. The series has four colors.

Stokesia 'Blue Frills'
Stokesia laevis
‘Blue Frills’ (Blooms of Bressingham)
Colors: Vivid, electric blue
Uses: Suitable for front of the border, containers, rock gardens, and other areas with good drainage. Plants attract bees and butterflies.
Plant Habit: Compact and mounding, growing 16 to 18 inches tall by 20 inches wide
Crop Time: Transplant unvernalized liners in late summer-fall and overwinter for flowering plants the following summer. Plants also perform from a vernalized liner that is planted in spring. Plants will bloom in about 11 to 12 weeks after transplant in spring
Category: Perennials

Bred by Syngenta Flowers, ‘Blue Frills’ has loads of large, 2½ to 3-inch free-flowering blooms that are electric violet blue with a white center. Its vase-shaped flower canopy is fuller than ‘Peachie’s Pick,’ and leafy flower stems have dark-green, lance-shaped foliage. ‘Blue Frills’ flowers from July to August in full sun and is hardy in Zones 5 to 9 (Heat Zones 9 to 5). It is ideal for the front or middle of the border, informal gardens, or containers and grows 16 to 18 inches tall by 20 inches wide. This stokesia is also an excellent cut flower and attracts bees and butterflies. It grows well in well-drained soil and can tolerate moderately dry conditions. Trim older flowers to encourage rebloom.

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