Fleuroselect presents the 2021 Gold Medal winners. Each one of these breeding breakthroughs obtained an outstanding score on innovation, beauty and garden performance, convincing judges and Entries & Evaluation Committee to award the coveted Gold Medal.
Celosia argentea Sol Gekko Green | PanAmerican Seed
With Foliage Celosia Sol Gekko Green, PanAmerican Seed expands the options for sun-loving foliage accent plants in containers as well as for quick-growing, low, shrub-like plants that look wonderful at the front of the border. This Celosia flowers very late and the flowers don't draw the attention away from the bicolour green burgundy foliage.
Sol Gekko Green allows for a fast production schedule and has no downy mildew issues. It holds very well on the shelves, offering retailers more options for the patio and garden. The judges praised the beautiful colour contrast and the outstanding garden performance and see a huge commercial potential for this Celosia not only in mixed containers but also in landscaping.
Delphinium grandiflorum Cheer Blue | Miyoshi
A popular cut flower particularly in Japan, Delphinium grandiflorum is now also available in a dwarf version for pots and containers. Thanks to its clear blue colour and short stems with upward flowers without any spurs, Cheer Blue genuinely catches the eye. This Delphinium is an F1 hybrid with lots of growing vigour and a high degree of uniformity which requires little production time.
The Fleuroselect judges described Cheer Blue’s ﬂower colour as ‘innovative’ and ‘striking’ and praised the uniformity and garden performance of this new Delphinium.
Rudbeckia hirta Amarillo Gold | Benary
This latest prize-winning Rudbeckia hirta by Benary displays an abundance of large green disc flowers with golden inner ray petals radiating to yellow on the tips. Growers will appreciate the easy and fast production scheme, retailers will adore the large flowers on short stems offering additional options for containers, baskets and front/middle line bedding.
Amarillo Gold ﬂowers very early and is highly uniform in plant shape and colour. Its ﬂowers proved bigger than the comparison varieties in trial and the judges were impressed by the ‘abundance of attractive ﬂowers on shorter, sturdy stems’, predicting a promising commercial future for this new Rudbeckia.