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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September 12, 2013

Red Stems And Red Flowers Make Andropogon ‘Red October’ A Hot Grass For Fall Sales

As grasses grow hotter and fall sales fire up, natives like Andropogon gerardii fit the bill and fill trays fast. And ‘Red October,’ a hot new introduction, is a great big bluestem grass to get any fall perennial and ornamental grass program off to a great start. ‘Red October’ was selected for its fine, thin foliage and sizzling autumn color show. It boasts red stems and red flowers and has dark-green foliage that deepens to purple in late summer. Cool nights in August can add to the interest, turning foliage tips red. After a frost, this new native turns almost entirely brilliant scarlet for fall, displaying spectacular late-season color. ‘Red October’ has an upright, clumping habit and loves sun. It reaches a height of 5 to 6 feet and typically stays less than 2 feet wide. It’s hardy in Zones 3 to 8. ProductionPlant one liner per 1 gallon pot. […]

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September 12, 2013

Smaller, Longer-blooming Shrubs Are Becoming More Popular [Opinion]

If I hadn’t noticed before, it would’ve been hard to miss the trend toward dwarf shrubs as submissions came in for our perennial and shrub roundup. I’m glad to see it — while I love forsythia, spiraea and viburnums in all their giant glory, the larger sizes are not always practical. Novice gardeners are intimidated by the need to prune these larger shrubs in order to keep them within the bounds of the landscape bed, especially if they are near the house. Breeders are working hard to produce newer, smaller versions of old favorites. Many are selected for longer bloom times or reblooming and offer foliage interest, as well. Nowhere is this more evident than in the genus hydrangea.  A particular favorite of mine at Spring Trials this year was Hydrangea ‘Bobo,’ by Proven Winners. At just three feet tall, this H. paniculata cultivar still has full-size flowers, giving maximum […]

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September 12, 2013

Caladiums Can Be Solution To Shade Problems

When I visited family in Montreal last month, a relative asked me a gardening question. “My impatiens all died. What happened?” I explained the problem, and even showed her the illustrations on my app. After I finished, she asked, “Now what should I do with my shade?” A slightly different version of this conversation took place in Atlanta, where impatiens were doing quite well in a friend’s garden, but she had heard about impatiens dying all over the city, “for some reason.” We admired her plantings and I went through my now-familiar spiel. After I finished, she asked, “Now what should I do with my shade?” We have all heard this question, but as widespread as downy mildew damage on impatiens may be, it is not everywhere, as there are still significant parts of the country not affected (read more in “Impatiens Downy Mildew Incidence Down Significantly In 2013,” a […]

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September 11, 2013

Understanding Helleborus

Hellebores (Helleborus spp.) have been horticulture’s hot stock for the last few years and every year there are more introductions on the market. While many hellebores are long-lived, drought- and pest-resistant perennials suitable for most of our large country, it is important to note that there are several types of hellebores on the market today. There are different species of hellebores, as well as hybrid crosses, each with diverse attributes and distinct cultural requirements. Because each species has different advantages and traits, it is important to understand a bit of the botany to successfully grow and sell hellebores. Lenten Roses Are The Most Common The most commonly grown hellebores, Lenten roses, have been available at garden centers for many years. The Lenten rose types were called Helleborus orientalis, which was changed to H. ×orientalis and later to H. ×hybridus. This was supposedly to show that the group is composed of […]

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September 11, 2013

New Perennials For 2014

Looking for something new in perennials? Check out these new introductions for your 2014 production.  

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September 9, 2013

3 New Hydrangeas For 2014

Check out these new hydrangeas for 2014 with their reliable blooms and striking colors.

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September 9, 2013

New Shrubs For 2014

Deutzia ‘Nikko Blush’(Monrovia Nursery) A delightful new hybrid from the U.S. National Arboretum, this blushing beauty will herald spring with a profusion of soft pink blooms. A compact shrub with an excellent, multi-branched form, it is perfect for foundation plantings or to create a low hedge. Bright green foliage on arching branches displays deep burgundy fall color. It will reach six to eight feet tall and six feet wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8.

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September 4, 2013

Sakata wins Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence For Industry Achievement

Over the last century, Sakata Seeds has bred plants that have forever changed our industry for the better. Sakata Seed Corporation President Hiroshi Sakata accepted the 2013 Greenhouse Grower Medal of Excellence Industry Achievement Award, honoring individuals and organizations that have devoted their life’s work to advancing plant varieties and the floriculture industry.

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September 3, 2013

Coloring Up And Avoiding Lower Leaf Loss In Kale and Cabbage

A major problem associated with ornamental cabbage and kale is late-season lower leaf loss. Research at NC State University explored the reasons behind the leaf loss and determined optimal fertilization strategies for these crops. See the results in this episode of FloriCAST from Brian Whipker.

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August 30, 2013

Five Elements In Raker’s Equation For Selecting Genetics

Young plant grower C. Raker and Sons produces and ships plugs and liners through the entire U.S. and Canada with a diverse customer base. Its product list is focused on small- to mid-sized growers but like any business, having diversity in your customer base is very important, so the operation also does supply big box growers. In a broad overview, Raker’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing Susie Raker-Zimmerman says big box growers need product that’s going to ship well, fits many units on a cart and can be benchrun. The smaller to mid-size growers, specifically grower/retailers, want diversity in plant selection and to differentiate themselves. How does a young plant grower serve these needs while finding the best genetics for the consumer? 1. In-House R&D. It starts with Raker’s research and development team, which goes through a two- to three-year evaluation process for all varieties with genetics from all types […]

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August 27, 2013

Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ Wins People’s Choice At Farwest Trade Show

Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ (Digitalis Illumination Flame USPPP) won the People’s Choice Award at the New Varieties Showcase at the 2013 Farwest Trade Show in Portland, Ore. In July, Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ also won Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Editor’s Choice Award. The new introduction was hybridized by Thompson & Morgan and offered by Skagit Gardens Inc. It beat out 44 other plants that were on display. “I anticipated the Digiplexis would be the people’s favorite,” says Ann Murphy, director of marketing for the Oregon Association of Nurseries, which produces the Farwest Trade Show. “Its uniquely shaped blooms, coloration and compact nature attracted immediate attention. It was by far the most popular plant in the showcase.” The winner was selected by a vote of the people attending the Farwest Trade Show. The official New Varieties Showcase judges also saw its positive attributes, selecting ‘Illumination Flame’ as a Plant of Merit. ‘Sombrero Flamenco Orange’ […]

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