Allan’s Top Picks At Proven Winners

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Allan's Top Picks At Proven Winners

Calibrachoa  ‘Superbells Blackberry Punch’, ‘Superbells Coralberry Punch’ – I am not sure if Calibrachoas has not become the next coleus–there must be a hundred new cultivars in the last three years alone!  So, when I see a callibrachoa that catches my attention, I shut my eyes and try to walk by.  But in the case of these two bicolors, I kept returning  and was soon snapping photos like everyone else.  I can’t wait to try them in the gardens.

Shasta daisy ‘Daisy May’ (Leucanthemum) – Here is a terrific floriferous clean white shasta that will be a welcome addition to any line of perennials.   I Have seen excellent outdoor performance in the Southeast and I expect it would be just as good wherever shastas are popular. 

Heliotrope ‘Simply Sensational’ – This hybrid heliotrope combines some of the best characteristics of our native Heliotropium amplexicaule with the popular Heliotrpium arborescens. The habit and the flowers are similar to the former,  but the rough demeanor of the former has been calmed by the latter. A subtle pleasant fragrance- but an interesting plant.  Our native is perennial up to New York, it will be interesting to see how this performs. 

Allan Armitage was a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Georgia for 30 years. He recently retired and remains an active consultant, author and lecturer.

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