Our Ten Fabulous Favorites From Spring Trials

Shadow King 'Green-Pink Tips' Rex Begonia From Green Fuse

Begonia Shadow King Collection (Green Fuse Botanicals)

This outstanding collection of begonias is designed for containers and baskets. There are several beautiful colors. My favorites are ‘Cool White,’ which has a bright silvery leaf with a bronze underside, and ‘Cherry Mint.’

Helenium ‘Short ‘n Sassy’ (Skagit Gardens)

This was a chance seedling in a display garden that has the potential to become a popular perennial. It grows to just 12 to 18 inches tall and produces orange-bronze flowers with a dark center from June to frost. It’s heat and drought-tolerant and combines well with grasses and other summer perennials.

Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame Pink’ (Thompson & Morgan, Cultivaris, Pacific Plug & Liner

Bred by Thompson & Morgan, this gorgeous plant is an intergeneric cross between digitalis and isoplexis. It has beautiful dark green digitalis foliage and gets the yellow and red flower from isoplexis. April Herring of PP&L called it a “digitalis with lipstick.”

Zinnia Profusion Double series  (Sakata)

Everybody already knows Profusion, and with two of the new Profusion Double series winning All-America Selection Awards, these promise to be as good as the others. ‘Double Yellow,’ ‘Double Deep Salmon’ and ‘Double Deep Cherry’ are the colors in this series.

Petunia ‘Sweetunia Johnny Flame’  (Dümmen)

The Sweetunia series is vigorous and more upright than some. ‘Johnny Flame’ is an outstanding new color in the series. See for yourself in the photo.

Chrysanthemum Zenia Series (Syngenta)

This is the plant “formerly known as a mum.” Syngenta is trying to get consumers to re-think mums. The name, which invokes the word “zen,” is accompanied by a Chinese symbol that means “happiness and enjoy a long life.” There are six colors in this collection, all selected for their ability to not look like standard mums. ‘Green Valley’ was my favorite.

Heuchera ‘Cinnamon Curls’  (Proven Winners)

There are so many outstanding heucheras — where do you start? One of the nicest ones was ‘Cinnamon Curls,’ which had a nice clear reddish-bronze color. The curly texture of the leaves added to the ornamental interest, and it combines well with other plants in the ground and in combination planters.

Gomphrena Pinball Series (Sakata)

While it’s not a major crop, gomphrena has always been a favorite of mine, and this new series makes it even better. It is heat and drought tolerant and has a nice, controlled habit. It’s the first vegetative gomphrena. Colors available are purple, snowtip lavender and white.

Petunia ‘Surfinia Heavenly Blue’  (Suntory)

The vigor and flower impact of ‘Heavenly Blue’ is amazing. The wavy petals and truly lovely color of the flowers are sure to please consumers. Great for baskets and container plantings, it has the flower power to stand alone as a pot plant as well.

Petunia ‘White Merlot’ (HGTV)

This color is particularly nice in combinations. Its dark purple eye and light color make a striking impression. It’s attention-getting just by itself, too. No matter how many petunias I saw after this one, it still stuck in my mind.

And, of course, there were many stunningly beautiful combos — Fuseables, Trixis, One Touches, MixMasters, Confettis, Garden Parties, Kwik Kombos and more. All of them are designed to make things easier for the grower and the consumer. You can’t go wrong with that.

Leave a Reply

More From Varieties...
Heuchera-Northern-Exposure-Black-Terra-Nova-Nurseries

January 18, 2018

Terra Nova Adds Two New Heuchera to its Northern Exposure Series

Terra Nova Nurseries has created plant profile pages specific to these new varieties so growers can learn about their growing habits and plant characteristics.

Read More
2017 North Carolina University Field Trials

January 17, 2018

2017 North Carolina State University Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for North Carolina State University/JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

Read More

January 16, 2018

Ball Horticultural Company, KeyGene Announce Successful Genome Sequencing of Impatiens

The companies’ breakthrough high-quality genome sequence and assembly of I. walleriana should lead to more efficient breeding and identification of disease resistance markers for important industry solutions.

Read More
Latest Stories
Heuchera-Northern-Exposure-Black-Terra-Nova-Nurseries

January 18, 2018

Terra Nova Adds Two New Heuchera to its Northern Exposu…

Terra Nova Nurseries has created plant profile pages specific to these new varieties so growers can learn about their growing habits and plant characteristics.

Read More
2017 North Carolina University Field Trials

January 17, 2018

2017 North Carolina State University Field Trial Result…

Check out the 2017 field trial results for North Carolina State University/JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.

Read More

January 16, 2018

Ball Horticultural Company, KeyGene Announce Successful…

The companies’ breakthrough high-quality genome sequence and assembly of I. walleriana should lead to more efficient breeding and identification of disease resistance markers for important industry solutions.

Read More
Golden-State-Bulb-Begonia-Feature

January 16, 2018

PanAmerican Seed Buys Begonia Product Line From Golden …

The acquisition of the popular AmeriHybrid and On Top begonia genetics expands PanAmerican Seed’s assortment in this important class.

Read More

January 16, 2018

20 Colorful Foliage and Tropical Plants for Garden Inte…

Add a bit of the tropics to your product mix with new foliage and tropical plant varieties that offer bold colors and distinct patterns.

Read More
Overview-UGA-Trial-Gardens-2017

January 15, 2018

2017 University of Georgia Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.

Read More
Ipomea-FM-Limon

January 14, 2018

2017 Texas A&M University Field Trial Results

Check out the 2017 field trial results for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton, TX.

Read More
Metrolina-Southern-Garden-Tour-Feature

January 13, 2018

2018 Southern Garden Tour Includes Visits to Young’s Pl…

The tour is scheduled for June 5-7, 2018, and offers floriculture industry members the opportunity to view trials of thousands of new and proven plant varieties.

Read More
Bidens-Golden-Empire-Danziger

January 10, 2018

Growing Tips for Bidens From a Plant Expert

Even with the ramp up in breeding, producing bidens still takes attention to detail and a focus on quality.

Read More
California Coast

January 9, 2018

2018 California Spring Trials Dates, Times, Locations

It’s time to start planning for a great road trip in April to see all the latest plants on display. This quick reference guide will help you map out your trip.

Read More
Take-2-Veggie-Combo-Burpee-Seed

January 6, 2018

Why Growers Should Not Market Their Plants, But the Sol…

In his latest column, Allan Armitage says landscapers, designers, and gardeners want solutions to problems, not simply a recommendation for one more handsome plant.

Read More

January 4, 2018

Stand-Out New Varieties That Keep D.S. Cole Growers Co…

See what new varieties stood out to Doug Cole, owner of D.S. Cole Growers in Loudon, NH, this year.

Read More
New-Plant-Display-at-Retail

January 3, 2018

Kelly Norris: Why We Need to Reevaluate the New Plant T…

The value of a new plant seems scaled on how quickly producers add it to their lines as opposed to the value it might actually have at the point of consumption.

Read More
Houseplants-for-Millennials

December 29, 2017

Why Millennials Can’t Get Their Fill of Foliage Plants …

The latest Millennial obsession with houseplants goes beyond a desire to grow something. It’s a lifestyle choice they’re making for the mind, body, and soul.

Read More
WebTrackToGo

December 24, 2017

Ball Seed Updates WebTrack To Go App With Enhanced Feat…

The latest update lets users scan seed packets for germination percentage, allowing for efficient production planning and inventory management.

Read More
Costa Farms’ Trial Gardens mimic spring garden conditions across the U.S. to test the metal of new varieties

December 22, 2017

Costa Farms Hosting Winter Open House in January

Costa Farms is planning to open its 2-acre trial garden on Jan. 15, 2018, for its annual Winter Trial Garden Open House, where visitors will have the opportunity to see more than 500 plant varieties of annuals and perennials.

Read More
Begonias-I’Conia-Series-Dümmen-Orange-Miss-Montreal

December 19, 2017

34 New Flowering Annuals to Brighten Up Your Product Mi…

Consumers will soon have the opportunity to experiment with colorful, big-impact blooms in their containers and landscapes. Here are 31 new introductions to consider that will color-up your product mix.

Read More
Combo-at-Youngs-Plant-Farm

December 12, 2017

How to Produce Stunning Combination Containers

It’s easy to produce your own attention-grabbing combos, if you follow this advice from a master combination designer.

Read More