Anticipated Annuals

Anticipated Annuals

Syngenta Flowers

 

Vestidos Yellow‘ is a unique tri-color daisy that has colorful blooms, an upright habit and dense, lacey foliage. It blooms continuously through hot summers.

Bandana lantana is an easy-to-grow series with a mounding habit that is grower friendly and looks great in containers and landscapes. The exceptionally large flower size makes this variety an excellent season extender with its outstanding color and heat tolerance. Two new colors to this series include White and Lemon Zest.

The Arrow snapdragon series is very early-flowering. In new colors orange and formula mix, this garden-type snapdragon features a strong central leader with dense lateral branches that stand up to wind and rain.

Elation dianthus is among the earliest and best branching interspecific series on the market. The long-lasting garden performance with abundant flowering makes it a versatile plant for spring or fall. The newest color to this series is Coral.

Ball Horticultural Co.

The Versa coleus series comes from the Simply Beautiful selection. This series includes ‘Burgundy to Green,’ ‘Crimson Gold,’ ‘Green Halo,’ ‘Lime’ and ‘Rose to Lime.’ This late-flowering, well-branched, vigorous coleus can be placed in either the sun or shade. It will reach a height of 24 inches and will spread up to 22 inches.

Another Simply Beautiful selection, the Breathless euphorbia series, comes in White and Blush color options. This all-new series includes the only red-flushed leaf form plus a better-branched white. These euphorbia are heat-tolerant, fine-textured varieties that fill in fast and display a showy mass of self-cleaning flowers all season long. This variety will spread up to 28 inches.

The ‘Rhythm & Blues petunia is a mounded, spreading and very free-flowering petunia that has eye-catching blue flowers with a white rim. Excellent season-long, it shows off color in large baskets and containers. ‘Rhythm & Blues’ has a very stable flower pattern for creating stunning blooms.

Easy Wave petunias are fast and easy growers, perfect for containers and beds. New colors to this series include Burgundy Star, Plum Vein and Violet. Exceptional uniformity and well-matched habit make Easy Wave a versatile spreading petunia. This series offers a more mounded, more controlled spreading habit than low-growing Wave varieties. These Easy Waves can spread up to 3 feet.

Selecta First Class

MiniFamous Double Lemon’ is a ground-breaking flower display that’s easy to grow. It flowers very early and with a lot of flowers at the same time. The habit and branching are great, and fit any format from quart, gallon and baskets to mixed containers of any kind.

One of the top varieties for 2009/10 is ‘Soleil Purple,’ a drought-tolerant petunia. It needs to be grown dry so it looks great at point of sale. It is not just another petunia, it is a convenience plant for consumers and a great landscaping variety. This petunia loves sun and tolerates heat, and it grows when watered and flowers when drought stressed.

Lascar White verbena is a new addition to Selecta’s low to medium vigorous verbena line − perfect for pots, mono baskets and mixed containers of any kind. It has huge flowers, a clear but brilliant white color, is nicely scented and flowers very early. This well-branched, mounding plant is now available in 10 distinct colors. Coming from an Australian-bred verbena program, ‘Lascar White’ has excellent disease tolerance.

 

 
Proven Winners

Pretty Much Picasso’ is a self-cleaning petunia that enjoys full sun and is hardy to Zones 10 and 11. It sports unique violet purple flowers edged in lime green. This vigorous plant is great for mixing in combination with other vigorous plants.

Lucia,’ a dark blue lobelia, is another self-cleaning variety from Proven Winners. Allow the soil surface to dry before watering again. Hardy to Zones 9-11, ‘Lucia’ has true blue flowers, which can be difficult to find in nature. This lobelia has a better heat tolerance than older varieties.

Ipomoea ‘Illusion Midnight Lace’ is great as an annual ground cover. It’s also an excellent foliage component plant in combinations with superb heat tolerance and good vigor. Midnight Lace is hardy to Zones 10 and 11 and prefers sun to partial shade. This ipomoea can spread up to 12 inches. It was chosen by Real Simple magazine as a Top 10 “goof proof plant.”

Unlike most alyssum, ‘Snow Princess‘ will bloom through the summer. This plant is sterile so it will bloom all summer without deadheading, and also prefers a drier soil with good drainage. ‘Snow Princess’ will reach a height of 6 inches and a width of 10 inches.

Leave a Reply

6 comments on “Anticipated Annuals

  1. I am looking for Rhythm and Blues Trailing Petunia, I had some and they were taken out of my yard by some petty thief. Please help me in locating this plant so that I can buy some more. I fell in love with this gorgeous petunia and would appreciate any help. Even if it is seed!
    Sincerely

  2. I am in Florida, but hope this helps. I found the rhythm and blue petunias at Home Depot, they are gorgeous!!!! I didn’t see any picasso there, good luck!

  3. I am looking for Rhythm and Blues Trailing Petunia, I had some and they were taken out of my yard by some petty thief. Please help me in locating this plant so that I can buy some more. I fell in love with this gorgeous petunia and would appreciate any help. Even if it is seed!
    Sincerely

  4. I am in Florida, but hope this helps. I found the rhythm and blue petunias at Home Depot, they are gorgeous!!!! I didn’t see any picasso there, good luck!

More From Varieties...
Chick Charms

April 29, 2016

Kelly Norris: Why The Plant Collector Market Is Set To Explode, And What It Means For You

In his latest column for Greenhouse Grower magazine, Kelly Norris says there are more plant collectors out there than we think, which opens the way for the gift plant market to explode.

Read More
Pennisetum Fireworks

April 28, 2016

Why Ornamental Grasses Are Great For People In Condos And Apartments

Allan Armitage says breeders need to do a better job of making growers, brokers, and garden centers aware of better ornamental grass cultivars for the increasingly shrinking garden space.

Read More
Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks (Intrinsic Perennial Gardens)

April 27, 2016

Know Your Market When Choosing Ornamental Grasses

Growers have no shortage of choices in the ornamental grass market. Narrowing down the selection comes down to finding the right plant for the right purpose.

Read More
Latest Stories
Chick Charms

April 29, 2016

Kelly Norris: Why The Plant Collector Market Is Set To …

In his latest column for Greenhouse Grower magazine, Kelly Norris says there are more plant collectors out there than we think, which opens the way for the gift plant market to explode.

Read More
Pennisetum Fireworks

April 28, 2016

Why Ornamental Grasses Are Great For People In Condos A…

Allan Armitage says breeders need to do a better job of making growers, brokers, and garden centers aware of better ornamental grass cultivars for the increasingly shrinking garden space.

Read More
Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks (Intrinsic Perennial Gardens)

April 27, 2016

Know Your Market When Choosing Ornamental Grasses

Growers have no shortage of choices in the ornamental grass market. Narrowing down the selection comes down to finding the right plant for the right purpose.

Read More
Bee on Bidens

April 25, 2016

Breeders Go The Distance To Bring New Plant Varieties T…

Breeders are meeting the demand for new varieties that perform and sell well by extending trialing to engage the grower community, using advanced technology, and encouraging international collaboration.

Read More
Dr Allan Armitage

April 20, 2016

Growers And Breeders Are Always Looking For A Better To…

While edibles become more diverse, there's one goal that hard-core gardeners and urban foodscapers share.

Read More
Syngenta Pentas

April 20, 2016

Syngenta Flowers Opens Its Perennial Genetics To The Ma…

California Spring Trials 2016 visitors to Syngenta Flowers found the breeder company and its employees happy and excited for the future, in the wake of the announcement of its acquisition by ChemChina. Now Syngenta Flowers is ready to move forward with its breeding efforts in geraniums, pentas, and other crops, and it is opening its perennials offerings to the whole supply chain for a better chance to get those plants to retail.     Syngenta Wants To Revolutionize Geranium Breeding The big news in this year’s trial, says Karl Trellinger, Technical Services Representative at Syngenta, is the change in Syngenta’s breeding efforts in geraniums and pentas. The Calliope geranium series, long considered a premium line in the market, is getting a makeover. Growers have told the breeder that they love the colors available in the Calliope series, but the plants are just too vigorous for smaller containers and combinations. As […]

Read More
Petunia Vista Bubblegum (Proven Winners)

April 20, 2016

Proven Winners Funds Gardening “It Couple,” Names Plant…

Since 1992, Proven Winners has been changing the gardening game, and it’s not stopping now. With new plants, improved series, and interesting retail customers, the brand aims to make planning easier for growers, and make gardening easier and more fun for consumers. At its new 2016 California Spring Trials location at Kirigin Cellars in Gilroy, Proven Winners had the space and a beautiful setting to lay all of its offerings out, from new and improved varieties in annuals, perennials, and shrubs, to marketing and retail programs. Check out the slideshow below for highlights.   Proven Winners Is Flexing Its Marketing Muscle One of the ways Proven Winners is working toward better use of its products and gardening in general, is by supporting the gardening authorities that gardeners of all ages trust on social media. Director of Marketing Marshall Dirks says while searching for influential gardeners, he came across a young […]

Read More
Scaevola 'Purple Haze' (Danziger 2016)

April 19, 2016

Allan Armitage Picks His Favorites From Proven Winners,…

From “crazy” petunias to container pentas, there was plenty that caught Allan’s eye during the final day of 2016 California Spring Trials.

Read More
CallaFornia Red

April 19, 2016

Golden State Bulb Company Shows Off New Concepts In Cal…

There’s no question that Golden State Bulb Company’s specialty is in breeding virtually any color of Calla Lily, available in about any habit — cut flower, bouquet pot, upright pot type — the list goes on. But now, the bulb specialist is focusing on making calla lilies more accessible to the masses, for use in combination planters and the landscape, with calla six-packs. Calla breeder Peter Beckman showed us the shrunken-down version of these beauties, and they’re certainly perfect for patio pots, planting along paths or at the front of the garden, or en masse for an elegant statement. This presentation makes it easy for consumers to pick up and use callas, without the intimidation they might feel from a bulb crop, says Dr. Allan Armitage.   They’re also versatile for growers to plant in early to mid-February to add to finished containers in the spring, or to sell in […]

Read More
Disney Trial Garden

April 17, 2016

Mark Your Calendars For Florida Flower Trials In May

The two-day event, which takes place in Orlando, is held in conjunction with the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and offers educational seminars, tours, and open houses.

Read More
Dianthus Paint the Town Fuchsia_CJW14 (2)

April 16, 2016

Proven Winners Focuses On A Better Consumer Garden Expe…

Excellent, long-lasting performance, and easy maintenance are at the core of Proven Winners’ introductions.

Read More

April 15, 2016

Pacific Plug & Liner Features Plenty Of New Varieti…

One of the best-merchandised spots on the California Spring Trials is always Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L), where the greenhouse is stocked with beautiful plants and displays, and the people are dressed to the nines and graciously ready to help in any way.

Read More

April 15, 2016

American Takii Commemorates 180 Years Of Industry Commi…

American Takii, Hilverdakooij, and newcomer HMA Plants show off zombie-zone celosia, new dianthus, and hip succulents.

Read More

April 15, 2016

Ernst Benary of America Takes Plant Fashion Week To The…

Ernst Benary of America gave growers a taste of the fashion world during the new variety promenade held during California Spring Trials 2016.

Read More
Fashion Show At Benary

April 15, 2016

California Spring Trials: Dr. Allan Armitage Notes Emer…

Attractive new varieties will draw the eyes of consumers, but innovation and creativity will keep them coming back.

Read More
Delizz Strawberry packaging

April 14, 2016

ABZ Seeds’ Delizz Strawberry Makes Mouths Water At Spee…

Speedling, Inc. hosted Hem Genetics, Thompson & Morgan, ABZ Seeds, Plant Source International, and Vista Farms For California Spring Trials 2016. Here are some of the highlights of the trial.

Read More
Crazytunia Citrus Twist

April 14, 2016

Dr. Allan Armitage’s Top Picks From Floricultura And Sa…

The best new flower introductions have the power to turn a non-believer into a fan. Check out Dr. Allan Armitage’s top picks from his visit to Sakata and Floricultura, the latter of which hosted a number of breeders.

Read More
Begonia Evi Pink and Evi Bright Pink

April 14, 2016

Westhoff, Beekenkamp, PAC-Elsner And Plug Connection Pr…

Floricultura-Pacifica in Salinas opened its doors to invite California Spring Trials visitors to experience new offerings from European breeders including Westhoff Flowers, Beekenkamp, and PAC-Elsner, as well as California native The Plug Connection. While there, it was interesting to witness the ongoing and highly automated production of orchids, as well as construction of more greenhouse space happening simultaneously. As is tradition, Westhoff Flowers invited its visitors to flag their favorite combos at the entrance, and showed off its unique assortment of annuals, as well as a few concepts. The breeder is working loosely with Florist Holland to show mixes used with Westhoff Flowers — or Westflowers — annuals and Florist gerberas in the center. The combinations are bright and cheerful, and spur a happy reaction in those who have seen them, so it will be interesting to see what happens with this concept going forward. Another new idea is putting together […]

Read More
[gravityform id="35" title="false" description="false"]