California Spring Trials: 13 New Perennials For 2015 [Slideshow]

The perennials category is gaining more attention as growers expand their crop mixes. Breeders focused on plant hardiness, longevity and use in containers, as well as the landscape. Here are 13 new varieties to consider for 2015 production.

 

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5 comments on “California Spring Trials: 13 New Perennials For 2015 [Slideshow]

  1. The write up says Salvia ‘Ember’s Wish’ is hardy to 25F. That’s zone 9b. With such a diversity of climates in this country, I’m not sure where we draw the line for what’s hardy and what’s not, but I’m confident the overwhelming majority of gardeners don’t consider a minimum of 25F hardy. Otherwise, a decent list.

  2. Ever plant breeder I’ve spoken with agrees that xEchibeckia is nothing more than the annual Rudbeckia hirta. So, what happened to investigative journalism…make that journalism period. Are our trade magazines nothing more than a mouthpiece, repeating whatever your told without any background research. Of course, the distributor of this has refused to reply to all of my email questions about this plant. A perennial? A bigeneric hybrid? This is truly an embarrassing reflection on our industry.

    1. In looking at my x Echibeckia; the only Echinacea trait I can see – the leaf is not as “hairy” or “plush”, as that of R. hirta . Many years ago, I suggested to Dan Heims, he work on a “x Rudbeckinacea” . I was thinking along the lines of E. purpurea x R. fulgida .

    2. Here we are almost 3 years after introduction and I have yet to find anyone who has successfully overwintered this plant below 0 degrees. Supplier won’t answer questions and all I see are a bunch of nurseries advertising HARDY TO ZONE 6!!! This right here is why state agencies get feisty from getting complaints and actually have to go out and enforce labeling laws and it irritates me to no end. If anyone has any experience or anecdote to the contrary I’m listening…

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