Vote for your favorite among this year’s category winners (Annuals, Perennials, Edibles/Best Of The Rest)
Voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Award!
It’s 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 (CLOSED)
Best of the Rest/Edibles – June 2 to June 8 (CLOSED)
Finalists – June 9 to June 24 (opens at 12 a.m. EST)
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.
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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!
‘BrazelBerries BabyCakes’ Blackberry (Fall Creek Farm & Nursery)
Color: Medium-green foliage, bright-white spring flowers and blackberries in summer
Uses: Patio container berry plant. Can also be planted in the garden and landscape where spreading is tolerable.
Plant Habit: Dwarf, compact, rounded plant that is 3 to 4 feet in height at maturity
Crop Time: Berries mid-summer and in some regions, mid-fall again
BabyCakes is an innovative, dwarf, and thornless blackberry perfect for container gardening with its compact habit. Showy, bright-white spring flowers give way to large, sweet fruit in mid-summer. The flavor-packed blackberries present like a fireworks display for easy picking. This plant will reach 3 to 4 feet in height and in some regions, where there are not high summer temperatures, gardeners will be delighted to find a second, mid-fall harvest of berries. Imagine, even condo and apartment dwellers can now enjoy blackberry plants right on their patios with this darling little berry plant by BrazelBerries.
Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (Selecta)
Colors: Purple with unique speckling
Uses: Hanging baskets, patio containers
Plant Habit: Mounded, trailing
Crop Time: 6-inch: 7 to 9 weeks, 1ppp; 10- to 12-inch baskets: 9 to 12 weeks, 3 to 4 ppp
Petunia ‘Night Sky’ is the most distinctive bloom you’ve ever seen on this planet. No two flowers are the same — like a fingerprint! Their constellation-like speckling on a rich purple backdrop offers a unique look that gardeners can’t get enough of. ‘Night Sky’ matches the Headliner petunia series in habit, timing, and vigor. It is a great-looking plant for hanging baskets and patio containers.
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
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.