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Arctotis New from EuroAmerican Propagators, ‘Peachy Mango’ arctotis’ antique coral flowers bloom in summer, and are a knockout from November to late May in Zones 9-11. It has a compact habit and striking silver leaves.
 
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Ball FloraPlant’s new ‘Madeira Crested Yellow’ argyranthemum features single, yellow daisy flowers with large, yellow crested centers. All varieties in the Madeira series have a uniform, compact habit.
 
Argyranthemum  Danziger’s argyranthemum ‘Reflection’ has a large single flower with yellow petals and a brown eye. Foliage is a strong green and the growth habit is compact to tall.
 
Astilbe The world’s first annualized astilbe is Benary’s new Astary. Decreasing production time and increasing sales, Astary brings elegance and ease to perennial programs. It is offered in Pink, Rose and White.
 
Becopa  ‘Calypso White’ bacopa, bred by Goldsmith, is an exciting new addition to Fischer’s Goldfisch line. It has excellent branching, dark foliage and large flowers.
 
 Begonia  Now available from Selecta First Class is the ‘Bonfire’ begonia, bred in New Zealand and brought to you by Tesselaar Australia. The bright orange color lets it look like a bonfire throughout the entire summer.
 Begonia  The Emperor begonia series from Sakata offers early flowering and eye-catching, large flowers in five clean colors. Emperor has a vigorous habit and larger flowers that do not fade in high light or heat.
 Begonia  Sakata’s Inferno begonia series is an interspecific cross bred to fill the garden under a variety of outdoor conditions. It is an exceptional performer in high heat and drought conditions and features extra large flowers.
 
 Begonia  The bronze-leaved Nightlife begonia series from Benary comes in Deep Rose, Red, Rose and White. Dark bronze foliage and large flowers create a pulsating color mix in the pack and in the garden.
 
 Begonia  Benary’s Nonstop Mocca series has an upright, mounding habit with 4-inch, fully-double flowers in five vibrant colors. It is ideal for hanging baskets and specialty containers.
 
Browalla EuroAmerican Propagators’ Endless browallia series now includes a new color. ‘Endless Illumination’ has loads of dark-blue, white-centered flowers above medium-green foliage.
 
Calibrachoa Ball Floraplant’s Cabaret calibrachoa series now includes ‘Cabaret Hot Pink.’ It is free-flowering, displaying large blooms in a non-fading, hot strawberry-pink color. Hot Pink flowers early under short days.
Calibrochoa ‘MiniFamous Double Pink’ boasts large, double flowers in perfect pink. It has a medium to high vigor, excellent branching and a semi-trailing habit. It looks great in larger pots, baskets and mixed containers.
 
Calibrochoa All 17 varieties in Danziger’s Noa series produce a great profusion of exquisite flowers in a wide range of colors. ‘Noa Orange Eye’ is an orange-colored flower with an orange-red halo.
 
Campanula ‘Pink Octopus’ from TerraNova has Japanese lantern buds that open to striking pink, octopus-like flowers. More than 50 blooms flutter down from the nicely upright flowering branches.
 
Canna ‘Tropical White’ canna from American Takii branches well at an early stage and produces new stems, which provide continuous blooms of creamy white flowers. It thrives in very warm, humid weather.
 
Chrysocephalum Proven Winners’ ‘Flambe Yellow’ chrysocephalum has bright, golden yellow clusters of pearl-like blooms set against bright silver foliage. This is a drought-tolerant, vigorous grower that offers all summer color.
 
Clematis The ‘Franziska Maria’ double clematis, new from Donahue’s, is free flowering with a compact habit. Beautifully shaped, blue-purple double flowers with yellow anthers adorn the foliage.
 
Cleome Proven Winners’ ‘Senorita Rosalita’ cleome offers a strong, upright habit and all-summer color. The dark foliage and vivid pink flowers add a new level of interest to landscapes.
 
Coleus Wild twists and twirls of red, yellow, green and purple splash the foliage of Four Star’s sun loving ‘Twist n’ Twirl’ coleus hybrid. This variety has strong stems and great tolerance of heat and sun.
 
Coreopsis TerraNova’s new ‘Pinwheel’ coreopsis features quilled, butter-yellow flowers with lacy-blue foliage. It forms wonderful mounds covered with hundreds of flowers all summer.
 
Corydalis The soft, blue-green, feather-like foliage of TerraNova’s ‘Canary Feathers’ is accented by large trusses of canary-yellow flowers carried high above the leaves. It is a long bloomer and sun tolerant.
 
Cuphea EuroAmerican’s ‘Flamenco Samba’ adds a burgundy color option to the Flamenco series. It is a more compact grower, and as a series, Flamenco is vigorous, well-branching, large-flowered and a continuous bloomer.
 
Cuphea Pure white, non-leggy and highly floriferous ‘Keith White’ cuphea from GroLink features pure white flowers and an upright plant that make it excellent for mixing with almost any spring or summer crop
Cuphea GroLink’s new tri-color ‘Triple Crown’ has a completely new color combination. Covered with flowers, ‘Triple Crown’ is three colors in one pot for four-inch pots, gallons or baskets.
 
Cyperus Four Star’s ‘Baby Tut’ cyperus is controllable at 2 to 3 feet tall. It still has all the exotic appeal of King Tut, but can easily be put into upright combinations.
 
Endranthema ‘Warm Igloo’ dendranthema is one of three varieties in the Igloo series. True Zone 5 perennials, they never need to come in out of the cold. Bred for Blooms of Bressingham by Mark Smith of Yoder Brothers, Inc.
 
Echinacea DeVroomen’s new Echinacea hybrid ‘Pink Double Delight’ features full, bright-pink double flowers with an orange-pink center. An unusual bomb of petals sits in the center of the flower.
 
Geranium  Large, saucer-shaped, silvery-blue flowers with magenta veins adorn the small, marbled foliage of DeVroomen’s new Geranium wallichianum ‘Crystal Lake.’ With 2-foot-long trailing stems, it is an excellent geranium for growing over stone walls or in patio pots.
 
Geranium Ball FloraPlant’s ‘Designer Peppermint Twist’ zonal geranium has a unique, showy flower pattern in red and white. This variety is highly weather tolerant, making it perfect for landscape customers.
 
Geranium Pacific Series Red Fox Ivy geraniums from Dömmen offer strong vigor and bold colors. New for 2007 are unique double flowering star varieties; Pink and Merlot Star and a dash of white to finish off the series.
 
Geranium  Goldsmith’s Geranium ‘Maverick Scarlet Eye’ offers consistent delivery of high quality seed. Maverick requires fewer PGRs and is a favorite of the Dallas Arboretum for proven heat tolerance.
 
Hemerocallis With large flowers and continuous bloom, Walters Gardens’ ‘Going Bananas’ hemerocallis blooms into early fall. The canary-yellow flowers have recurved, overlapping petals and slightly ruffled margins.
 
 Heuchera  TerraNova’s ‘Midnight Rose’ heuchera features hot pink polka dots. Pink flecks emerge in spring and continue to enlarge and brighten before lightening to cream as
the season progresses.
 
 Hibiscus  Blooms of Bressingham’s ‘Hibiscus Peppermint Schnapps’ features large, robust green foliage, cut like maple leaves. Large, pink flowers are accented with darker pink stripes and smears. Bred by Mark Smith of Yoder Brothers.
 
 Hosta  ‘Singing in the Rain’ from Walters Gardens features broadly ovate leaves with a pointed tip. They emerge blue-green with a narrow, chartreuse margin that brightens to gold. Pale lavender flowers are produced in midsummer.
 
 Impatiens  Adaptive to a wide range of growing conditions, Goldsmith’s ‘Accent Pink Picotee’ impatiens have a dependable seed supply. ‘Accent Pink Picotee’ is a winner for field performance.
 
 Impatiens  Envoy impatiens from Bodger Seed are great for premium hanging baskets and patio pots. Envoys will also effortlessly blanket swaths of garden. ‘Envoy North Shore’ is a formula mix of lavenders, purples and blues, dotted with white.
 
Impatiens D.S. Cole’s double impatiens ‘Rosebud Pink Improved’ features a light pink that will contrast nicely with darker companion foliage to make outstanding shade combinations.
 
Impatiens Double impatiens ‘Rosebud Rose Star’ from D.S. Cole Growers has giant, bright pink blossoms with a bright white center. Large, showy blooms look great in big pots and hanging baskets.
Impatiens New from D.S. Cole Growers is double impatiens ‘Rosebud Salmon Improved.’ It offers a fuller habit and more double flowers. Its floriferous nature will make it a stand-out in small pots and hanging baskets.
 
Impatiens, New Guinea The next generation of seed-grown New Guinea impatiens has arrived in the Divine series from Ball Seed. It features a bigger flower size, better flower form and a one-week flowering window across all varieties.
 
Ipomoea The dark purple color of Bodger Botanicals’ ‘Sweet Caroline Bewitched’ ipomoea is the perfect accompaniment to its spookish leaves. Bewitched possesses a habit that is very resistant to running.
 
Iresine ‘Aureo Lime Green’ from GroLink features hot pink stems with neon green foliage. Avoid full sun for broader leaves. It is recommended for gallons, mixed containers and indoors.
 
Isolepis A new addition to PanAmerican Seed’s Fantastic Foliage program, ‘Live Wire’ isolepis is a unique, grasslike plant. The short, billowing mound of soft green leaves is accented by flower spikes that look like fiber optic strands.
 
Lantana The Bandana lantana series from Fischer offers larger flowers and a superior uniform mounded habit. This season, four new colors have been added to the series: Red, Pink ’07, Cherry Sunrise and Orange Sunrise.
 
Lobelia Danziger’s ‘Anabel Blue’ lobelia’s blue flowers bloom all year round, even during the summer in the Mediterranean. The flowers remain open in the twilight hours, as well as in the early morning.
 
Lobelia One of the newest offerings in the Fides assortment, ‘Laputalia Blue’ is very heat tolerant. When planted outdoors, one plant will cover a large surface. It has excellent flower production.
 
Lobelia Fischer’s new Techno Heat lobelias have exceptional heat tolerance and flower throughout the summer. They look stunning with light pinks and whites in combination planters.
Microsorum ‘Green Flame’ from Oglesby is a vigorous selection of Microsorum punctatum. The fronds are broad, succulent, glossy and have abundant leaf cresting. It features an upright growth habit.
 
Mum The ‘Point Pelee’ pot mum, Bred by Wendy Bergman of Yoder Brothers, significantly improves upon Pelee with more flowers forming a fuller canopy, more uniform flowering and consistent, non-fading color.
 
Nemesia The fragrant and abundant flowers of Fides’ ‘Angelart Nemesia Orange’ will give a splash of color to any garden or indoor display. Angelart also comes in six additional shades.
 
Nemesia Proven Winners introduces ‘Opal Innocence’ nemesia, offering pearlescent white blooms with pink and purple overtones. It is fragrant, heat tolerant and has a long blooming cycle.
 
Osteospermum New from Dömmen are Red Fox Summertime osteospermums, including ‘Summertime Bronze Charme,’ ‘Summertime Sun Sunset’ and ‘Summertime Sun Sunrise.’ They offer excellent heat tolerance, natural branching and a mounded habit.
 
Osteospermum Osteospermum ‘Sunny Shiela’ is new to EuroAmerican’s Sunny series. Shiela is a lovely harvest orange, lighter at the petal tips and gradually darkening to red in the center.
 
Osteospermum The Zion osteospermum series in Plum, Terra Cotta and Pink Sand is new from Selecta. Zion varieties have a medium to high vigor and large, colorful flowers with intense eyes that create a bi-color look.
 
Panicum Walters Gardens’ new ‘Prairie Fire’ switch grass has blue-green stems with wine-red leaves. In the spring, the foliage is blue-green, but by early summer, the leaves begin to turn red. When in bloom, the leaves curl slightly, which gives the impression of red ribbons woven throughout the flowers.
 
Pansy The ‘Blueberry Thrill’ pansy, new from Ball Seed, features compact, 6-inch plants and beautiful, 2.5-inch flowers in a rich combination of blue, white and yellow with blotch.
 
Pansy The Dynamite pansy series from Sakata blooms early and continuously even under short days and cold temperatures. ‘Dynamite Strawberry’ offers compact plants and a unique color.
 
Pansy New from Goldsmith, the pansy ‘Karma Deep Blue Blotch’ offers excellent plant strength and vigor. It has a high bud count, and its non-stretching habit requires fewer PGRs.
 
Pansy Matrix series pansies from PanAmerican Seed will now include ‘Matrix Coastal Sunrise Mixture.’ A showy blend of Ocean, Sunrise and another new introduction, Rose Blotch, ‘Coastal Sunrise Mixture’ brings the feeling of an early morning at the beach home to the garden.
 
Pansy Natures from American Takii are a true pansy and viola cross, giving them the cold tolerance of pansies along with the viola’s ability to withstand heat, as well as their free-flowering habit.
 
Papaver The new ‘Flamenco Dancer’ papaver from Walters Gardens is a red-fringed sport of the ever popular ‘Turkenlouis.’ True red flowers with fringed petals measure four to six
inches across.
 
Pennisetum ‘Prince’ and ‘Princess’ ornamental Napier grasses from Athens Select bear purple foliage that becomes even more purple as the summer heats up. ‘Prince’ tops out at a robust 5 to 6 feet and ‘Princess’ will grow 2 to 3 feet tall.
 
Pentas Benary’s Graffiti pentas series offers excellent heat tolerance and vibrant color. Graffiti pentas are covered with large clusters of star-shaped flowers. Now available in three new colors: Lavender, Red Lace and Rose.
 
Petunia PanAmerican Seed’s Easy Wave series is adding two new mixes for 2007, including ‘Easy Wave Beachcomber Mixture.’ This combination of Blue, Shell Pink and new Coral Reef is easier to flower under short days.
 
Petunia ‘Festival of Colors,’ is a new series of petunia from Dömmen. Called a “Potunia” because it is ideal for pot production, it boasts a rounded plant habit and intense flower power without the uncontrolled habit of a spreading petunia.
 
Petunia One of the newest additions to the Fortunia line, the deep purple color of ‘Fortunia Purple Picotee’ from Fides makes a very nice contrast with the stable white edge around the flower. This variety is ideal for pot and garden use.
 
Petunia American Takii’s Symphony series of petunias is characterized by its earliness, compact, mounding habit, excellent recovery after rains and its resistance to lodging or central plant splitting.
 
Phlox Proven Winners adds ‘Intensia Star Brite’ to its award-winning line of phlox. Each white flower seems to have been painted by hand with a feathery line of intense purple pink through each petal.
 
Plectranthus Four Star’s new ‘Cerveza n’ Lime’ is a citrus smelling, soft-leaved plectranthus. This plant’s appeal can be experienced best through your sense of touch and smell. It is extremely heat and drought tolerant.
 
 Poinsettia  The Enduring Series from Ecke now includes Red, White and Marble varieties to support ‘Enduring Pink.’ These early flowering, dark-leaf poinsettias feature large, showy bracts held
horizontally on the plant.
 
 Poinsettia  Ecke’s ‘Prestige Early Red’ flowers seven to 10 days earlier than Prestige, making it available for pre-Thanksgiving sales. The introduction
of this new variety means growers and
retailers can satisfy consumers through-
out the season.
 
 Poinsettia  ‘Prestige Maroon’ is another recent addition to Ecke’s Prestige family. It has strong stems and durability and flowers four to five days later than ‘Prestige Red,’ making it available in the important December market.
 
 Portulaca  The Stopwatch portulaca from Bodger is a premium, pack-performing portulaca. It is early to bloom and will not require PGRs. ‘Stopwatch Scarlet’ flaunts flowers the color of red-hot embers.
 
 Primula  The Messick Company’s Ocean series of primula features huge flowers 3 to 4 inches in diameter. It is best suited for 5-inch or larger pots. It comes in a full range of colors that can be ordered separately or as a mix.
 
 Ranunculus  Goldsmith’s ‘Mache Orange’ is uniform across the series for habit and timing. The seed pellets have the same high germ as raw seed, but are easier to sow, and the plants are more substantial earlier.
 
 Salvia  Ball Seed’s ‘Red Hot Sally II’ salvia is celebrating its 25th birthday with an “extreme makeover.” Boasting a darker-red flower color and beautiful contrasting dark-green foliage, ‘Red Hot Sally II’ puts on a great show all season.
 
 Salvia  The Stampede series is the new generation of Salvia greggis from Bodger. They sport large flowers, a great color range and a superb habit. They are available in four colors: Cherry, Punch, Lavender and Citron.
 
Scaevola New from Athens Select, ‘Scaevola Cajun Blue’ grows to 8 to 10 inches and is more compact than other scaevolas. It’s also earlier to flower, forming dense, powerfully blue clusters.
 
Scutellaria A new Fantastic Flowers selection from PanAmerican Seed, ‘Veranda’ is a shade-loving blue that is ideal for large summer baskets and containers. Heat-tolerant plants feature bicolor, blue-purple blooms over glossy, dark-green foliage.
 
Setcreasea ‘Blue Sue’ setcreasea from Athens Select offers functionality and beauty. Its leaves have a distinctive blue tinge throughout and a handsome purple margin. Plants are topped with pink flowers held in the leaf margins.
 
Snapdragon ‘Florini Amalia Hot Pink’ is a fragrant, delicate and eye-catching new color from Fides. This plant loves light and will produce many blooms for several weeks. Its mounding habit and short crop time make it unique.
 
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April 22, 2015

6 Breeding Companies Serve Up New Varieties At Pacific …

Pacific Plug & Liner’s theme this year, Labyrinth, a conservatory of the world’s most captivating plants, was perfectly topped off (pun intended) with fascinators for the women and newsboy caps for the men. The PP&L team dressed their part to act out the gothic “conservatory of the world’s most captivating plants.” Truly, the displays looked like they practically popped out of a catalog, and the costumes were a nice touch. Retailers take heed, the fully merchandised displays at Pacific Plug & Liner are worthy of emulating. We’ll let the pictures tell the story of all the fabulous variety introductions presented at  Pacific Plug & Liner’s 2015 California Spring Trials, where Cultivaris, Cohen Nurseries, Histil Nurseries, Jaldety Nurseries, Southern Living/Sunset Collection and Pacific Plug & Liner all highlighted their 2016 introductions.  

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Speedling 2015 CAST intros

April 22, 2015

Speedling Inc. Presents New Varieties From ABZ Seeds, H…

You name it, we saw it at Speedling's California Spring Trials location in San Juan Bautista, where five companies showed off their new introductions for 2016.

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Danziger_Coreopsis_Solanna Glow1

April 22, 2015

Industry Perspective: McHutchison’s Vaughn Fletch…

Vaughn Fletcher with McHutchison Horticultural Distributors is part of Greenhouse Grower‘s Medal Of Excellence For Industry’s Choice Panel. Fletcher recounts some of the standout varieties he saw while visiting Danziger "Dan" Flower Farms and Beekenkamp during California Spring Trials.

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