Vote for your favorite among this year’s Readers’ Choice Finalists
Voting is now open for the Finalists for the Greenhouse Grower’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award!
It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is picked as the best new introduction in 2017. Breeders and plant introducers have entered their best varieties by category and the winners have advanced as finalists to face off to win the Readers’ Choice award. The categories are Annuals, Perennials, and Best of the Rest/Edibles. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 17 at Greenhouse Grower’s prestigious Evening of Excellence reception during Cultivate’17 in Columbus, OH.
The voting schedule is as follows:
Annuals – Starts 5/23 (9 a.m.) – Ends 5/29 (8:30 a.m.)
Perennials – Starts 5/29 (9:00 a.m.) – Ends 6/5 (8:30 a.m.)
Best of the Rest/Edibles – Starts 6/5 (9:00 a.m.) – Ends 6/12 (8:30 a.m.)Finals – Starts 6/12 (9:00 a.m.) – Ends 6/30 (8:30 a.m.)
A special thank you to our 2017 Medal of Excellence sponsor partners Landmark Plastic, Stockosorb, Nufarm, and AmericanHort.
Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all the contenders in the Finalists category. One vote per person, please.
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 online by our readers. 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 2016.
Winners of all three awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence In Marketing and Industry Achievement, will be announced July 17 at the Evening Of Excellence at Cultivate’17 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!
‘Candy Cane Red’ Pepper (PanAmerican Seed)
Color: Green and white stripes, ripens to solid red
Uses: In ground, containers
Plant Habit: Mounded upright
Crop Time: 40 to 45 days to maturity from transplant
Category: Best of the Rest/Edible
This sweet snack pepper from PanAmerican Seed’s HandPicked Vegetable Collection has uniquely variegated foliage and striking striped fruit that will stand out on the retail shelf, in the garden, and on your plate. Its elongated, bell-shaped fruit ripens from green and white stripes to solid red. Thin walls and crispy texture make it perfect for fresh eating at any stage of ripeness. It grows well in the ground or in a container, with or without a support cage. ‘Candy Cane Red’ pepper matures green in 40 to 45 days and ripens to red in 60 to 65.
Miscanthus ‘Bandwidth’ (Darwin Perennials)
Colors: Green with striping
Uses: Landscape and containers
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: 1 quart/8 to 10 weeks; 1 gallon/12 to 14 weeks; 2 to 3 gallons/18 to 20 weeks
‘Bandwidth’ is a Japanese Silver Grass that is short in stature but big on performance. This beautiful, tough ornamental grass is an eye-catcher in the landscape but also fills large containers with appealing texture. Each blade has attractive striping that is rust resistant. Its upright habit stays manageable at less than 3 feet high and wide. The plant, bred by North Carolina State University, is also certified infertile for a healthy, non-invasive option for landscape designers. ‘Bandwidth’ is a low-maintenance: It is drought tolerant, and deer and rabbit resistant for many years of enjoyment in your perennial garden.
Sunfinity Sunflower (Syngenta Flowers)
Colors: Yellow with dark center
Uses: Landscape and cut-flower arrangements
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: 8 to 10 weeks
Make your garden come to life with Sunfinity Sunflowers that thrive and bloom continuously all season long. Sunfinity Sunflowers have lots of blooms that can be cut and used indoors, with no mess and without damaging the outdoor plant. The outdoor plant will continue to bloom long after traditional sunflowers have bloomed and died. As versatile as they are beautiful, Sunfinity Sunflowers can be used in a multitude of ways. From the landscape bed to an indoor bouquet, Sunfinity brings beauty to your home and garden — inside and out.