Check Out the 2019 Cut Flowers of the Year
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) recently announced its 2019 Cut Flowers of the Year. Award winners are determined based on the varieties’ ease of culture, productivity, and marketability, and winners are chosen by the ASCFG’s 1,600 members.
Here are this year’s winners:
• Woody Cut of the Year: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Quick Fire’
• Fresh Cut Flower of the Year: Daucus carota ‘Dara’
• Bulb Cut Flower of the Year: Anemone coronaria ‘Galilee White’
• Cut Foliage of the Year: Eucalyptus gunnii ‘Silver Drop’
The 2019 Woody Cut of the Year, Hydrangea ‘Quick Fire’ (Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs), stands out for its early blooming capability, flowering a month before other panicle hydrangeas. The plant’s large, lacecap blooms open pure white, then turn pink, then transform to an extremely dark rosy-pink in the fall. Its flowers, which can be used fresh or dried, are well-distributed across the plant and held up on very strong stems.
Bred by Mark Bulk in Boskoop, Netherlands, ‘Quick Fire’ hydrangea paniculata blooms on new wood, making this plant extra hardy, even after harsh winters.