Readers’ Choice

Vote for your favorite among this year’s Readers’ Choice Finalists

Voting is now open for Greenhouse Grower’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Award!

It’s time for you, our readers, to decide which variety is chosen as the best new introduction in 2019. Breeders have entered their best new varieties for you to decide which one is worthy of the Readers’ Choice award. This year voting consists of three categories: Annuals, Perennials & Shrubs, and Blooming Potted/Best of the Rest. Two finalists were chosen from each category. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced July 15 at Greenhouse Grower’s prestigious  Medal of Excellence reception during Cultivate’19 in Columbus, OH.

The voting schedule is as follows:

Perennials & Shrubs – CLOSED
Annuals – CLOSED
June 3 – Blooming Potted/Best of the Rest – CLOSED
June 17-23 – Finalist Voting (Finalist voting closes June 23 at 12 a.m. EST)


Voting Rules and Conditions

A special thank you to our 2019 Medal of Excellence title sponsor Multi Packaging Solutions  – WestRock.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this page to view photos and descriptions of all the contenders in the Blooming Potted/Best of the Rest category. There are six 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.

Beacon Impatiens (PanAmerican Seed)

Beacon Impatiens Orange

Beacon Impatiens (PanAmerican Seed)
Bright Red, Violet Shades, Salmon, Coral, Orange, White, Select Mix, Red White Mix
Uses: Landscapes, containers, window boxes, hanging baskets, combos … shade
Plant Habit: Mounded, Upright
Crop Time: Plug Crop Time: 4 to 5 weeks; Transplant to Finish: 3 to 4 weeks
Category: Annuals

Bring Impatiens walleriana back into production and fill gardens with bright, long-lasting color — without the risk of disease. Beacon Impatiens has high resistance to Impatiens Downy Mildew. Greenhouses, landscapers, and gardeners can count on Beacon to thrive. Available in six colors and two mixes, Beacon fills baskets and shade landscapes with confidence. Beacon is easy to sow and grow with the same plant structure, flowering time, flower size, and culture as traditional garden impatiens. Beacon gives season-long performance and no-risk color for the shade. It also gives back. Three percent of global sales will benefit a charity each gardening season.


Calibrachoa 'Cabaret Good Night Kiss'

Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Good Night Kiss’

Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Good Night Kiss’ (Ball FloraPlant)
Rose, black
Uses: Hanging baskets, small containers, mixed containers
Plant Habit: Trailing
Crop Time: 4- to 5-inch (10- to 13-cm) pots, quarts: 1 ppp, 6 to 9 weeks; 6-inch (15-cm) pots, gallons: 1 to 2 ppp, 7 to 11 weeks; 10- to 12-inch (25- to 30-cm) tubs or baskets: 3-5 ppp, 8-12 weeks
Category: Blooming Potted/Best of the Rest

‘Good Night Kiss’ is a novel addition to the Cabaret series with a striking star pattern in the center. With the same superior performance as the rest of the series, this early-flowering variety results in a full, trailing plant covered in an abundance of blooms.


Rudbeckia Summerina Fringle Fudge

Echibeckia ‘Summerina Blazing Fire’

Echibeckia ‘Summerina Blazing Fire’ (Pacific Plug & Liner)
Yellow with red ring
Uses: Garden or Patio Plant
Plant Habit: Mounded
Crop Time: 8 to 12 weeks depending on time of year and pot size. Larger pot size recommended, 1.5 gallon to Deco
Category: Blooming Potted/Best of the Rest

Blazing Fire is the newest release in the popular Summerina program. It sports the the largest flowers of the series with a diameter of up to 6-inches wide. The flower color is two-toned, yellow with a red ring, and has interesting secondary petals or fringe in the center for a fiery look. Blazing Fire is fast to finish in as little as 8 to 12 weeks, needing only one liner per pot; 1.5 gallon or 10-inch deco pots are recommended. Blazing Fire is great for late spring through fall sales, flowers lasting till frost

Helleborus 'Charmer' (Pacific Plug and Liner)

Helleborus ‘Winter Angels Charmer’ (

Helleborus ‘Winter Angels Charmer’ (Pacific Plug & Liner)
Raspberry pink with deep-wine speckles
Uses: Indoor pot plant to garden plant
Plant Habit: Clumping, upright
Crop Time: 40-52 Weeks using a 72 Cell, pot size 6 inches to 2.5 quart
Category: Perennials and Shrubs

Out of the same breeding program that brought the popular Frostkiss series with varieties like ‘Penny’s Pink’ and ‘Anna’s Red’ comes an entirely new series. Varieties in the new Winter Angels series are selected for early bloom, unlike the Frostkiss series, which is selected for late bloom. Winter Angels can be produced for a Christmas retail program with flowering starting as early as November. The first variety in the series is Charmer, sporting large, in-your-face raspberry pink flowers on a compact habit. Winter Angels has a unique color, as most Christmas hellebores are white. Consumers can enjoy these super tough perennials indoors for the holidays then plant them into their gardens once the weather warms up a bit.

Hydrangea 'Endless Summer Summer Crush' (Bailey)

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer Summer Crush’

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer Summer Crush’ (Bailey)
Rich, raspberry-red/neon purple
Uses: Shrub border, accent, focal point, container
Plant Habit: Upright, rounded
Crop Time: From Jumpstart liner #2, 8 to 10 weeks/#3, 14 weeks
Category: Perennials and Shrubs

It’s not just about blue or pink anymore! The intense, deep coloration found in Summer Crush is a true differentiator in the hydrangea marketplace. With a profusion of big, raspberry red or neon-purple blooms, Summer Crush is a color breakthrough in reblooming garden hydrangeas and a welcome addition to the Endless Summer brand. Bred by Bailey Innovations, this new addition is the result of focused breeding and years of production and field testing. Proven to be Zone 4 cold hardy and the most wilt resistant Endless Summer yet, this compact growing hydrangea with dark green glossy leaves fits smaller spaces in the garden and is the perfect size for patio containers.


Pentas ‘Graffiti 20/20 Flirty Pink’

Pentas ‘Graffiti 20/20 Flirty Pink’ (Ernst Benary of America)
Flirty Pink
Uses: Bedding plant, landscapes, mixed containers, gift plant, potted plant
Plant Habit: Upright
Crop Time: 14 to 17 weeks
Category: Annuals

Pentas are popular because of their extreme heat tolerance even when nighttime temperatures are balmy. But some find the crop time to be challenging. This year Benary introduced the Pentas Graffiti 20/20 Series, which is one week faster, making it one of the earliest series on the market. Pentas ‘Graffiti 20/20 Flirty Pink’ is the first bi-color Pentas from seed. Large florets and dense flower clusters create a dramatic color show at retail. ‘Graffiti 20/20 Flirty Pink’ is earlier and has better plug growth and vigor than its competitors. It shows extreme uniformity in the pack and outstanding performance in the garden.


Finals voting is over. We'll see you at Cultivate’19!

More About The Medal Of Excellence Awards

In Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Awards tradition, four 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 Best Performing Variety Award is selected based on field trial results and input from field trial managers across the country.

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 Janeen Wright. See Greenhouse Grower’s Medal Of Excellence Industry’s Choice And Editor’s Choice Winners for 2018.

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 15 at the Medal Of Excellence reception at Cultivate’19 in Columbus, OH. Please plan to join us!