New Varieties Guide 2009: Ball Horticultural Co.

New Varieties Guide 2009: Ball Horticultural Co.

Ball Horticultural Co.

This was a big year for Wave petunias with exciting introductions and mixes. Three new Easy Waves are Burgundy Star, Violet and Plum Vein. New mixes with these colors are Starfish Mix and Plum Pudding. Denim is a new Shockwave, with colors that fade and become stonewashed, just like your favorite blue jeans.

The biggest vegetative introduction is Breathless euphorbia in White and Blush. While White is comparable to Proven Winners’ ‘Diamond Frost,’ Blush offers dark foliage and subtle pink striping in the flowers. Another one that caught a lot of attention is osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow,’ which is two weeks earlier than others but lasts longer through the summer.
Other key seed introductions include the Versa coleus series in six colors, which can be planted in sun or shade, and two All-America Selections winners–zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ and ‘Mesa Yellow,’ the first F1 hybrid gaillardia from seed.

- Gaillardia ‘Mesa Yellow’
–Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’
–Ignite hypericums
–Ornamental millet ‘Jade Princess’
–Osteospermum ‘Voltage Yellow’
–Petunia ‘Shock Wave Denim’
–Plectranthus ‘Silver Crest’
–Scaevola ‘Blue Print’
–Sophistica Collection petunias
–Sun Spun petunias
–Sunflower ‘Miss Sunshine’
–Taishan African marigolds
–Zahara zinnias–two colors.
Plus 25 Darwin perennials.

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