August 22, 2014
The Plant Season Is Over — What I Have Seen
Annuals, perennials, shrubs, even trees, assailed us all season. We started out viewing new plants in April at the California Spring Trials and watched these newbies and their older siblings in trials, gardens and field days. Here are some thoughts on the four crops that keep filling my radar screen almost everywhere I go.
July 28, 2014
You Don’t Need To Hit A Homerun Every Time, Armitage Says
The more I meet positive people and learn about successful endeavors, the more I understand that consistency, not power is the key.
July 18, 2014
Plants I Know My Daughters, Neighbors And Friends Would Like To See At Retail
Check out Allan Armitage's recommendations for five plants we all need to see more of in the future.
April 16, 2014
Invasive And Aggressive Plants: Don’t Sell Them, Even If They’re Pretty, Armitage Says
There is no excuse for growers and retailers continuing to sell invasive and aggressive plants. Plants that once seemed benign garden plants are strangling entire areas. And we are still selling them! Even if they look beautiful, they will turn gardeners off and ultimately hurt us all.
April 16, 2014
Armitage On New Introductions From Ball Horticultural Co., Fides Oro And Green Fuse Botanicals, On The Final Day Of California Spring Trials
Allan Armitage recaps Day 6 of the 2014 California Spring Trials, discussing Bounce impatiens, Kabloom calibrachoas, Cannova callas, Vernique veronica, Madrid Gold lavender and more new varieties.
December 30, 2013
An Optimistic Outlook Improves Every Task, Allan Armitage Says
Change your way of thinking to make everything easier and every day brighter.
November 14, 2013
Taking Time To Educate Consumers Pays Off
How many springs have we been hearing customers lament over failed echinaceas? “Fancy” echinaceas (peach, salmon, mango, yellow, doubles, shaggy, hideous) are not our native purple coneflowers — not even close. They have been infused with blood from at least four other species, none of which are as vigorous or tough as the purple coneflower. The result is that gardeners plant these unusual beauties with great enthusiasm, only to find they do not return the next year. I’m not sure how many people actually read this column, but I bet many of you are nodding your heads in agreement. From Akron to Atlanta, the complaint is the same: the new echinaceas are not long-lasting. How many times must we shoot ourselves in the foot? Soon we will need prosthetics. Little research has been done, and I am aware of no scientific papers published on this phenomenon. So what do we […]