Readers’ Choice

Vote for your favorite among this year’s four finalists for Greenhouse Grower‘s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award.

It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is chosen as the best new introduction in 2018. Breeders have entered their best new varieties for you to decide which one is worthy of the Readers’ Choice award. This year voting consisted of two categories: Annuals and Perennials & Shrubs. You’ve narrowed it down to two finalists from each category. Now it’s time to choose the overall winner for the Readers’ Choice Award.

Voting for the finalists ends June 30. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 16 at Greenhouse Grower’s prestigious Medal of Excellence Evening during Cultivate’18 in Columbus, OH.

The voting schedule is as follows:

Finalists – Starts 6/22 – Ends 6/30 

Voting Rules and Conditions

A special thank you to our 2018 Medal of Excellence title sponsor Multi Packaging Solutions  – WestRock, and our sponsor partners Landmark Plastic, Nufarm, and AmericanHort.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all the Finalists. There are four finalists this year. One vote per person, please.
Please note: You will find the voting form at the end of the entries, near the bottom of the page.


Lavandula ‘Madrid Lavish Pink’ (Green Fuse Botanicals)

Lavandula ‘Madrid Lavish’ (Green Fuse Botanicals)
Colors: Pink, Purple, and White
Uses: Landscapes in Western States, containers. and potted-plant sales nationwide
Plant Habit: Full and mounded
Crop Time: 16 weeks from unrooted cutting
Category: Perennials & Shrubs

Lavender stoechas ‘Madrid Lavish’ as the world’s first multi-bract (multi-cymeous) lavender is ground-breaking breeding. The flowers are three times larger than typical lavenders, and they are early and long-lived. Plants have a naturally sweet fragrance that is so familiar and is easily transmitted by its oils that collect in its leaves. Available in three colors of Pink, Purple, and White.

Amazel Basil (Proven Winners)

Amazel Basil (Proven Winners)

Ocimum hyb. ‘Amazel’  (Proven Winners)
Colors: Green
Uses: ‘Amazel’ Basil can be used in recipes, dried for later use, or admired as an ornamental plant inside or outside.
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: For a 4- to 5-inch container, the crop time will be four to five weeks
Category: Finalist

What do you call the most amazing basil you’ve ever trialed? Amazel, of course. This is truly a game-changing plant — the first downy mildew-resistant variety of Italian sweet basil. If that weren’t reason enough to grow it, this is also a vegetative selection that remains in its vegetative state longer and sets sterile seed. Vigorous, large, well-branched plants produce a higher yield and last all season. The more you harvest, the better it grows. It’s time to make the switch from the old, disease-prone varieties to Amazel. You’ll never look back! 20 to 36 inches tall x 12- to 24-inch spread. Full sun.

Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus (J. Berry Nursery)

Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Series (J. Berry Nursery)

Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Series (J. Berry Nursery)
Colors: Never before seen bloom colors: Blues, Purples, Rich Reds, White, and Deep Pink
Uses: Perennial landscape, container garden
Plant Habit: Naturally compact growth habits
Crop Time: 10 Weeks for a one-gallon pot and 12 weeks for a 2-gallon pot
Category: Finalist

They say variety is the spice of life, and the Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus brings a deliciously fresh, low-maintenance twist to the landscape. J. Berry is thrilled to bring the Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus Collection to market. A unique range of colors, luncheon-plate-sized flowers, and tremendous bud and bloom count, all on a naturally compact form, makes the Summer Spice Series a breakthrough in hardy hibiscus breeding. The initial menu in this five-star collection will whet customers’ appetites and leave them craving future flavors.

Vinca 'Tattoo Papaya' (PanAmerican Seed)

Vinca ‘Tattoo Papaya’ (PanAmerican Seed)

Vinca Tattoo Series (PanAmerican Seed)
Colors: Black Cherry, Raspberry, Papaya, Tangerine
Uses: Patio containers, baskets, windowboxes, combos
Plant Habit: Mounded, upright
Crop Time: Plugs – five weeks; Transplant to finish – five to six weeks
Category: Finalist

The art of plants comes alive on every Vinca Tattoo bloom. Each petal looks inked with soft brush strokes of black, helping them stand out in stores and in the garden. Tattoo is very floriferous and well-branched with one-of-a-kind flowers in an overlapping form that won’t show gaps in hot temperatures. It has a three- to five-day flowering window with an appealing upright habit across all four colors: Black Cherry, Raspberry, Papaya, and Tangerine. Bold, fun, and head-turning, this new vinca series shows you have your finger on the pulse of today’s garden shopper.

Finals voting is over. We'll see you at Cultivate’18!!

In Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Awards tradition, three awards are presented for breeding:

The Readers’ Choice Award is voted on online by our readers. Breeders submit their top plants for consideration for this award.

The Industry’s Choice Award is selected by a panel of industry members who attend Spring Trials and see introductions in person.

The Editor’s Choice Award is chosen by Greenhouse Grower Editor Laura Drotleff. See Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice And Editor’s Choice Winners for 2017.

Winners of all of these awards, along with awards for Medal of Excellence in Industry Achievement Gamechanger of the Year, Technology of the Year, Head Grower of the Year, and Operation of the Year, will be announced July 16 at the Medal Of Excellence reception at Cultivate’18 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!