April 16, 2015
Golden State Bulbs And Sakata: Allan Armitage Highlights New Offerings
Dr. Allan Armitage was excited to see both new and improved breeding, as well as have the chance to meet breeders and talk shop at Sakata Seed and Golden State Bulb. Sakata Seed At Sakata, we wandered through traditional crops like zinnias, New Guinea impatiens, calibrachoa and petunias. However, I have always been impressed with the SuperCal program, and this year’s introduction of vibrant colors of Light Yellow and Pink really caught my eye. The flowers of Light Yellow are significantly larger than other colors in the series. I believe the SuperCals are poised for major additional sales. Everybody was talking about ‘Dragon’s Breath’ celosia, and I wanted to see what the hype was all about. It is surely hype-worthy. The plants I observed were large with obvious vigor, and the foliage was coppery with huge, bright, rose-red flowers. Apparently this is a plant that benefits from minimal inputs, such as […]
April 14, 2015
Allan Armitage Finds Old Fashioned Plants Are New Again At CAST 2015
Day two of California Spring Trials was packed with breeders and all their new introductions and marketing. Allan Armitage found several varieties he felt were worth a second look.
April 14, 2015
Dümmen And HGTV: Allan Armitage On What Looks Promising
On his third day of California Spring Trials, Dr. Allan Armitage visited two Dümmen sites and HGTV HOME Plants. (Full disclosure: Dr. Armitage consults for HGTV HOME Plants.) Take a look at the new introductions that caught his eye during these stops.
April 13, 2015
Allan Armitage Shares His Favorite Spring Trials Finds From Green Fuse Botanicals, Suntory And Ball Horticultural Co.
Dr. Allan Armitage talks about his favorite finds among the many new introductions he saw at Green Fuse Botanicals, Suntory and Ball Horticulture. He saw a couple of not-so-new plants that he loves, too.
March 23, 2015
Update To Armitage’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals App Expected In April
A new update to the Greatest Perennials & Annuals app narrows the gap between consumers and grower-retailers, while providing more of Armitage’s top picks and growing advice for success with plants.
March 11, 2015
Annual Salvias – Not Just Red Bedding Plants Anymore
Salvias are popular — and they need not all be the same. Here are a few you know well, and perhaps a few you do not. All are easy to grow and may be found through a broker or grower.
March 11, 2015
Memoirs Of A Plantsman: Q & A With Allan Armitage
In light of the upcoming release of Dr. Allan Armitage's memoir, "It’s Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman," Greenhouse Grower caught up with him for an in-depth Q & A about his newest work and what he’s planning next.
January 28, 2015
Ornamental Grasses Bring Low Maintenance To The Landscape
Read about Allan Armitage's picks for low-maintenance grasses for the landscape.
November 3, 2014
Plants That Passed Their Trial: Armitage’s Favorites From 2014
Allan Armitage outlines his favorite top performing plants of 2014 he'd like to see offered by growers, brokers and retailers in 2015.