Readers’ Choice

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

Voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Award!

Its time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is picked as the best new introduction in 2014. 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. Categories are Annuals, Perennials and the Best of the Rest. Finalists will be announced in late June, and the Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 14 at our Evening of Excellence event at Cultivate’14 in Columbus, Ohio.

The voting schedule is as follows:

Annuals – May 28 to June 3
Perennials – June 4 to June 10
Best of the Rest – June 11 to 17
Finalists – June 18 to July 14, 12:00 p.m. EDT

Voting Rules and Conditions

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all the contenders in the final competition of the 3 category winners. One vote per person, please.

Finals voting is over. We'll see you at Cultivate’14!!

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’14 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 2014 Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice And Editor’s Choice Finalists and find out the criteria the industry panel uses to select those nominees.

Winners of all three awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence In Marketing and Industry Achievement, will be announced July 14 at the Evening Of Excellence at Cultivate’14 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!

Hydrangea 'L.A. Dreamin' from Ball OrnamentalsHydrangea macrophylla ‘L.A. Dreamin’ from Ball Ornamentals

Colors: Pink, blue and everything in between
Uses: Landscape, containers
Plant Habit: Shrub
Category: Best of the Rest

Hydrangea ‘L.A. Dreamin’ gives you pink and blue flowers — and all colors in between — on the same plant at the same time. Get that desirable blue color for your mophead hydrangea without adding any special fertilizer or aluminum sulfate to the soil. This H. macrophylla reblooms during the summer, too. ‘L.A. Dreamin’ is a multi-color showstopper and one of a kind. It has been trialed in harsh Michigan winters, so it’s proven reliably hardy.

PanAmerican_Calibrachoa-KabloomDeepPink-15942-PASCalibrachoa Kabloom Seed Series from PanAmerican Seed

Colors: Deep blue, deep pink, red, rose, white, yellow
Uses: Premium containers, mono and mixed combos
Habit: Mounded
Crop Time: To be determined
Category: Annuals

The first calibrachoa from seed, PanAmerican Seed’s new Kabloom series gives you flexibility of inputs beyond liners or unrooted cuttings. You can receive product when the weather holds up vegetative shipments, and staff your team based on production needs, not shipping dates. Kabloom offers the same amount of color coverage as mid-vigor vegetative calibrachoas — side-by-side you can’t tell the difference. Ideal for premium inputs for mono containers and mixed combos.

Salvia 'Blue Marvel' from Darwin PerennialsSalvia ‘Blue Marvel’ from Darwin Perennials

Color: Blue
Uses: Landscape, containers
Plant Habit: Mounded
Crop Time: URC quart: 13 to 15 weeks, gallon: 15 to 17 weeks, 2 to 3 gallon: 17 to 19 weeks; rooted cuttings – quart: 8 to 10 weeks, gallon 10 to 12 weeks, 2 to 3 gallon: 12 to 14 weeks
Category: Perennials

‘Blue Marvel’ is a Salvia nemorosa that boasts the largest flowers in its class. Its ultra-large blooms grow on naturally compact stems — no growth regulators needed. A perfect premium perennial, ‘Blue Marvel’ reblooms reliably. It is hardy to Zones 4 to 9. Gardeners will love its intense blue color and long bloom time in their landscape and containers.