October 10, 2013

Leucanthemum Real Series Features Improved Disease Resistance And Long-Lasting Blooms

Leucanthemum Real Series, from Pacific Plug and Liner, is a great addition to your perennial program for late spring to summer sales. These uniquely flowered leucanthemum are available now in a 72 cell. Fall is a great time to plant these to get good bulking, which will lead to better branching, flowering and potential for earlier flowering, especially for larger containers such as 2 gallons. The Real collection of leucanthemums highlights distinctly different varieties with unique flowers. They all have a sturdy, upright habit that needs no staking, and all are well branched, producing a great canopy of blossoms. These varieties are very floriferous with improved disease resistance. They bloom early- to mid-summer and repeat in the fall. Leucanthemums are robust drought- and wind-resistant perennials once established. This Shasta Daisy variety is well-behaved with a tight clumping habit. Blooms are excellent for long lasting-cut flowers.

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Petunia 'Flash Mob Bluerific' Burpee Home Gardens

October 7, 2013

18 New Petunias To Add For 2014

Tried and true, petunias are a garden staple. Here are some new introductions breeders are rolling out for your consideration in 2014.  

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Verbena 'Hurricane Hot Pink' from Westflowers

October 7, 2013

New Verbena For 2014

Check out these eight new verbena varieties and consider them for your 2014 greenhouse production.  

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The HGTV HOME Plant Collection

October 4, 2013

HGTV Home Collection Partners With Two New Growers

Canada's Bylands Nurseries and Clearview Horticulture to Supply Plants for 2014 plant lines.

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Rosa 'Anna's Promise' from Weeks Roses

October 2, 2013

Weeks Roses To Breed New Rose Varieties Inspired By Downton Abbey

California rose breeder Weeks Roses has been granted the right to breed new hybrid rose varieties inspired by the hit television series “Downton Abbey.” “Our Downton Abbey roses will be elegant, beautiful, and romantic but also surprisingly dramatic and tenacious… just like the show and characters that so many have come to love,” says Karen Kemp-Docksteader, sales and marketing manager for Weeks Roses. Weeks Roses, located in Wasco, Calif., is an award-winning wholesale rose grower with a reputation for high quality and unique offerings. Founded in 1938, Weeks is one of the largest commercial rose growers in the United States and the only company with a dedicated R&D department with a hybridizer and staff for the development and creation of new rose introductions. “One of the things that makes the Downton Abbey license special is that it offers so many opportunities to expand into non-traditional product categories,” says Tamra Knepfer, co-president […]

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October 1, 2013

Mecardonia ‘Magic Carpet’ And The Platycodon Astra Series Are Among Armitage’s Favorite New Introductions From Sakata

Allan Armitage highlights some of his favorites from Sakata, including mecardonia ‘Magic Carpet,’ the calibrachoa Calipetite series and the platycodon Astra series.

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Copper Glory is one of the combinations offered in HGTV Home's Shady Showoffs collection.

October 1, 2013

HGTV Home Announces New Shady Showoffs

  The HGTV Home Plant Collection unveiled its first shade collection, Shady Showoffs, this summer. The new line features exclusive mixes like Copper Glory and Lush Gold with plant varieties that thrive in shady and sun-dappled areas of the yard and garden. A leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV worked in conjunction with Agricola Management Group to develop Shady Showoffs in addition to its Expressions Annuals and Essential Perennials Collections. “Virtually every yard has an area that’s shaded by tree canopies and finding the right plants to grow and perform there can be a challenge for home gardeners” says Randy Hunter, managing partner of Agricola Management Group, exclusive licensee for the Plant Collection. “We’ve taken out the guesswork with our new shade collection featuring pre-selected annual mixes that perform well in shady conditions.Shady Showoffs live up to their name with large, striking flowers, compact growing habit and brightly colored foliage.” HGTV […]

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Magnolia 'Genie' from PlantHaven International

October 1, 2013

Magnolia ‘Genie’ Is New Small Cultivar From PlantHaven

  The result of 15 years of breeding, Magnolia ‘Genie’ is a compact, small tree maturing at 10 to 13 feet tall. This novel little dark beauty has a multi-branched, small bushy habit with sensational black-red buds opening to small tulip-shaped blooms of deep rich maroon-purple on both surfaces. The flowers have nicely reflexed tepal tips paling to a lighter magenta rose shade. ‘Genie’ has lightly scented blooms from early spring to early summer, and in mid- to late summer where conditions are not too dry.  

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Dahlia Dalaya Shari from Selecta

September 25, 2013

4 New Dahlias For Your 2014 Season

Looking for new dahlia varieties to incorporate in your crop mix? Here are 4 beauties your customers will love.  

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'Wall Street' Coleus from Dummen/Red Fox

September 25, 2013

4 Colorful New Coleus For 2014

Gorgeous foliage makes these new introductions must-haves for next year.  

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Chrysanthemum 'Hilo Tangerine' from Syngenta/Yoder

September 25, 2013

6 New Chrysanthemums For 2013

Here are six new chrysanthemums varieties to brighten up your fall sales.  

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September 17, 2013

HGTV Home Plant Collection Announces 2014 Consumer Marketing Program

Consumer marketing and advertising for the HGTV Home Plant Collection will take the brand to new levels of exposure across a range of media in 2014, according to Sarah Hayes, Marketing Manager of Agricola Management Group, exclusive licensee for the Plant Collection. Agricola also handles marketing and advertising for the expanding Plant Collection. A leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV worked in conjunction with Agricola Management Group to develop the HGTV HOME Plant Collection, including Expressions Annuals, Essential Perennials and the Smart and Stylish Shrub line. “Our consumer marketing program for 2014 is designed to achieve maximum exposure to consumers in our various markets across the country,” Hayes says. “We are taking full advantage of a range of broadcast and print media as well as digital, mobile and public relations to build awareness of the consumer advantages and the depth and breadth of this exceptional Plant Collection.” The HGTV Home […]

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September 16, 2013

9 Geraniums For Your 2014 Spring Season

Check out these 9 new introductions featured in Greenhouse Grower's 2013 New Varieties Guide to consider for your spring production.

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September 16, 2013

Colocasia Royal Hawaiian ‘White Lava’ Features A White Band Down Each Leaf

Colocasia Royal Hawaiian ‘White Lava’ is the latest in the elephant ear breeding of Hawaii’s Dr. John Cho. ‘White Lava’ forms a tight clump that provides a tropical look in the garden without sacrificing premium real estate. Large glossy green leaves are adorned with a wide band of creamy white down the center of each leaf, later radiating out into the side veins. Each leaf is further highlighted by a large purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk. ‘White Lava’ is a medium grower reaching 48 by 36 inches at maturity. It makes an ideal 6-inch pot, 16 by 12 inches. It is perfect for large containers, garden borders or mass landscape planting. For more information, contact PlantHaven International, Inc. at 805-569-9179, email new.plants@planthaven.com or visit the PlantHaven website.

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The HGTV HOME Plant Collection

September 16, 2013

Park Hill Plants Joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection Growing Team For 2014

Park Hill Plants will provide annuals, perennials and shrubs for the 2014 Expressions Annuals Collection, the new Essential Perennials Collection and the Smart and Stylish Shrubs line.

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Begonia 'Breezy Pink'

September 16, 2013

13 New Begonias For 2013

Looking for something new in begonias? Check out these 13 new variety introductions for this popular genus.

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September 13, 2013

A Heck Of A Day

I am in a somewhat pensive mood today. We need only to watch the news or read the paper to see that there are lots of bad things going on in the world and realize bad things can happen to good people.  But the fact is, there are many more good people than bad, and many more positive events than negative. This is not simply a rose-colored glasses view. We need only to watch the news a little longer or read the paper all the way through.The workplace may have its downsides, but most of us would rather be doing what we are doing than anything else. The people we work with, well, yes — there are yahoos out there, to be sure, but most are pretty good people. All in all, a pleasant bunch. And good grief, if you are fortunate to be loved by someone, life is indeed […]

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September 13, 2013

Hibiscus ‘Summerific Cranberry Crush’ Wins 2013 Retailers’ Choice Award

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has selected Hibiscus ‘Summerific ‘Cranberry Crush’ for its 2013 Retailer’s Choice Award. A total of eleven of the most unique and innovative products with the greatest potential to be best sellers at retail were selected by a panel of independent retailers during the SNA trade show. Jeremy Windemuller, trial manager at Walters Gardens, Inc., was present to accept the award on behalf of the company. “Retailers are always looking for new and innovative products with great sales potential. The SNA Retailers’ Choice Awards recognize the hottest new products selected by a panel of retailers that are not only unique, but hold great promise of sales in their stores,” said Karen Summers, SNA Executive Vice President. Hibiscus ‘Summerific Cranberry Crush’ was hybridized at Walters Gardens, Inc., the nation’s leading wholesale perennial grower and hybridizer of perennial hibiscus. The plant’s superior garden performance led to its inclusion […]

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September 12, 2013

Gaillardia Sunset Dwarf Collection From PlantHaven

The Gaillardia Sunset Dwarf Collection varieties have rows of flat petals of vibrant color fringed with yellow on strong stems. Blooms are colorfast and age well over an exceptionally long period. Fresh gray green hairy foliage creates a compact mounding habit 14 inches tall and wide. Drought tolerant once established, these sun-loving, floriferous beauties are ideal for containers, beds and borders. For more information, please contact PlantHaven® International, Inc. at (805) 569-9179, or email: new.plants@planthaven.com. Visit our website at: http://www.planthaven.com/Gaillardia

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