Color, Texture & Style

Color, Texture & Style



Hot Pink’ is a special hybrid selection of adenium from Oglesby Plants International that is very vigorous, free branching and from a liner can produce a flowering 6-inch pot in 16 weeks. Produced from virus-tested stock to promote crop consistency and disease resistance.

Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ from Plant Haven has elegantly scalloped, glossy foliage in midnight black. It is a vision in patio pots and combos with small, intense deep blue flower spikes and grows 4 to 6 inches tall. Available from McGregor Plant Sales.
‘Brazilian Red Hots’ alternanthera from GroLink is truly hot. An upright grower reaching 18 inches tall and 10 to 12 inches in spread, ‘Brazilian Red Hots’ is ideal for combination planters and the landscape.
   ‘Partytime’ from ItSaul Plants is a striking foliage plant with small, bright green leaves, broken up by dazzling reddish variegation. It has a strong mounding habit and leaves mimic the shape of a poinsettia. Available from McGregor Plant Sales.
‘Pink Passion’ features rich pink anthurium flowers above dark green, disease-resistant foliage. From Oglesby Plants International‘s in-house breeding program, ‘Pink Passion,’ is suitable for 6-, 8- and 10-inch containers.
Thick, shiny leaves make Asplenium difforme ‘Austral Gem,’ from Casa Flora, perfect for high-traffic areas. The waxy fronds do not shed and are perfect indoors.
The most striking feature of ‘Green-Orange’ from ForemostCo is its bright orange stalks. They give the plant its extraordinary appearance. ‘Green-Orange’ is easy for consumers to keep and maintain, and is great for patios.
From Terra Nova, coleus ‘Burnt Sienna’ adds a splash of color with an upright, mounding habit of green and red laced, arrow-shaped leaves, finished with gold edges and a red heart. ‘Burnt Sienna’ is available through McGregor Plant Sales.
‘Sparkles’ is a patented variety of dieffenbachia from ForemostCo, developed by the University of Florida Tissue Culture Research Station in Apopka, Fla. ‘Sparkles’ suckers and fills the pot well and features creamy white variegation with swatches of green.
Florica Farms introduces a line of seven new and patented dracaenas in the Dragontree dracaena series. In the series, there are four compact varieties: ‘Lemon Surprise,’ ‘White Surprise,’ ‘Malaika’ and ‘Kanzi,’ and three medium compact varieties: ‘Jade Jewel,’ ‘White Jewel’ and ‘Green Jewel.’
Native to South and Central America, duranta ‘Lemon Drop’ from GroLink makes a wonderful landscape or accent plant. Hardy in Zones 9 to 11, it grows 12 to 16 inches in a single season and larger in hardy zones over time.
Plant Haven’s Euphorbia martinii ‘Rudolph’ has blue-green foliage that develops a unique rosette of bright red bracts. ‘Rudolph’ develops yellow-green flowers with red centers in March through May. Available through McGregor Plant Sales.
Escape to the tropics with TradeWinds hibiscus from Yoder Brothers. ‘Tye-Dye Wind’ is a pink beauty with splashes of lavender, lending a tye-dye appearance. It has a compact growth habit and glossy foliage, with huge, 5- to 6-inch flowers.
‘Bride’s Cascade,’ exclusively from Oglesby International, produces clusters of clear, white flowers with bright yellow throats. The leaves are broad, deep green and glossy. ‘Bride’s Cascade’ was also judged to have better disease resistance and natural branching.
   The Sun Parasols bred by Suntory are a completely new collection of mandevilla hybrids. In addition to introducing dark reds and crimsons, the nine distinct varieties are in three groups. The original Sun Parasols in the Mandevilla sanderi group perform together in a series. The Giant group, including ‘Giant Crimson,’ boasts very large flowers and is most suitable for potted plants. The Pretty group offers superior branching, vigorous growth and can be grown in smaller pots without support.
Agristarts 3 (AG3, Inc.) introduces Pelargonium citrosum, scented geranium ‘Frosted.’ ‘Frosted’ is bright green with a variegated (white) frosted pattern on the tips of the leaf and a pink coloration on new growth. This citronella-scented plant can tolerate summer heat up to 95ËšF without leaf burn. Hardy to Zone 10.


The new dwarf split-leaf Philodendron xanadu introduction, Zena, has been determined to be a species rather than a variety. Zena has superior uniformity and excellent split leaf development. Hardy to Zones 10 to 11, Zena liners are distributed nationally through Bill Moore and Company.

‘Blue Star’ is a very tough yet beautiful plant. Long, graceful, heavily lobed blue-green fronds make spectacular presentations in 6- to 12-inch baskets. Available from Oglesby Plants International, ‘Blue Star’ tolerates adverse conditions.
Unusual texture makes polypodium ‘Falax’ from Casa Flora a must have in any combination planter or as a stand alone. ‘Falax’ responds well to a rich soil and an occasional liquid feed. Heavy cresting gives interest to a 4-inch pot, but the 10-inch basket really inspires conversation and sales.
‘Black Varnish’ and ‘Tricolor’ (pictured) from GroLink are best when grown in a gallon pot for the summer landscape or in combination planters. Both varieties feature glossy foliage and look almost artificial. Hardy to Zones 10 and 11.
   Rex Begonia
‘Escargot’ from Booman Floral is a showstopper with its large, spiraling leaves painted in shimmering grey and dark green. One glance and you’ll know why this unique Rex begonia variety is named after a snail.
   ‘Fairy’ is striking with leaves colored in a silvery-white background that is broken up by the dark green skeletal patchwork of veins and a calming red underneath. ‘Fairy’ is one of six Fancy Large Leaved Rex begonia varieties from Booman Floral.


 ‘Charlotte Pink Chiffon’ from Booman Floral has graceful, silvery leaves deeply infused with pink. The leaves are just like satin in their intricate perfection.
   ‘Taurus’ sports a bold red center on a large leaf. As one of three Rex begonia varieties in the Constellation series, ‘Taurus’ offers extreme vigor with large, paint-splashed leaves.
Perfect for 6- to 8-inch production, ‘Zoe’ from Milestone Agriculture is upright, very full and has medium-wide, dark green, shiny leaves. ‘Zoe’ is a very fast finisher and blooms naturally in the spring and fall. Available spring 2008.
   ‘Bravo’ from Milestone Agriculture, comes from the famed Daniel Cornelis breeding program. It is upright, medium green, fast and prolific, suitable for 6- and 8-inch production.
   ‘Ultima’ is intented for large containers 8 inches and up. A medium-tall, wide leaf selection from Milestone Agriculture, ‘Ultima’ blooms early and has a beautiful, soft leaf presentation.
   ‘Mickey’ is the new development from the breeding line of ‘Jetty.’ A full, compact, wide-leaf fast finisher suitable for 6- and 8-inch production, ‘Jetty’ is available from Milestone Agriculture in spring 2008.
From ForemostCo, stromanthe ‘Triostar’ is a striking, upright foliage plant. The oblong leaves are thick, glossy and variegated with white, green and reddish-pink coloring. ‘Triostar’ thrives as an indoor plant, as well as having outdoor shade applications. Hardy to Zone 10.
Tropical Colors syngoniums by ForemostCo are now available in Kiwi Delight, Candy Berry, Merry Maria and Pink Passion. Hardy to Zone 10.

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