Fleuroselect, an international organization for the ornamental plants industry, recently announced its three new Gold Medal winners that will be available to growers in 2016 and to retailers in 2017.
The Fleuroselect Gold Medal is awarded to new varieties that have been tested by Fleuroselect’s independent judges at trial grounds across Europe and proven to clearly supersede existing varieties in terms of breeding innovation and beauty.
Check out this year’s winners, including the descriptions below, a slideshow, and a YouTube video.
Penstemon barbatus ‘Twizzle’ (Van Hemert & Co.)
A graceful twist of red for the garden, this first-year flowering perennial from Van Hemert & Co has taller flower stems than the existing varieties on the market, while preserving the natural elegance of wild Penstemon. The half-high flower spikes present small flowers in vivid scarlet. Growers will see the benefits of this seed-grown variety which can be marketed as a premium plant in large pots. ‘Twizzle’ offers a wide sales window: it can be sown in spring for the summer season, and also in autumn for a spring crop. The strong, trouble-free plants stand out on the bench, and look great in inspiring plant combinations. Consumers will like it because it adds height and color to patio containers and annual/perennial borders. Attracting bees and hummingbirds, this perennial brings back wildlife to the garden.
Begonia semperflorens ‘SenatoriQ Rose Bicolour’ (Sakata)
‘SenatoriQ Rose Bicolour’ is part of a complete upgrade of the Senator series: bronze-leaved Begonias with an excellent performance throughout the entire production and trade chain. The young plant raiser benefits from high germination and uniform development. For the grower, early flowering across the series and the non-stretching plant habit allows easy production in a wide range of pack and pot sizes. The improved shelf life and the attractive plants with deep-bronze foliage and contrasting flowers are a benefit for the retailer. From spring to autumn, the consumer enjoys a continuous display of beautiful bicolor flowers on the terrace or in the garden.
Lupinus polyphyllus ‘Mini Gallery Blue’ (HM.Clause)
‘Mini Gallery Blue’ is the latest addition to HM.Clause’s Lupine series. It has twice as many spikes in a true deep blue color held well above the deep-green foliage. Growers will appreciate the shorter production cycle, which does not require the use of plant growth regulators. Thanks to its natural branching habit, less seeds are needed to fill a pot. The compact plants are easy to transport and allow production in smaller pots, which can be sold at lower prices. The consumer will notice the many deep-blue flowers and in addition to borders, they can also plant this Lupine in pots, window boxes, and small gardens.