Indoor color pops at the 2021 Australian Horticultural Trials

Indoor color was in abundance during the 2021 Australian Horticultural Trials Week, in both floral and foliage varieties. These new indoor plants from Ball Australia, Haars Nursery, JD Propagation and Majestic Young Plants should attract great interest from professional interior plantscapers as well as millennial ‘Plant Parents’.

Ball Australia – Ornamental chilies, succulents, coleus & more
If you are looking for a fresh new look to add to your event hire plant palette, check out Ball Australia’s new Table Top Selections featuring upright mounded ornamental capsicums and chillies in pots. Bright purple and red fruit sits above the foliage of Capsicum Ornamental ‘Sangria’ making for an eye-catching display, whilst the black and yellow fruit of Chilli ‘Zamora Yellow’ pop with color. Also suitable for tabletop arrangements and open terraria, are Ball’s colorful and unusual succulents: Crassula thyrsiflora (Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora) and Aloe varieties ‘Neon Ripple’, ‘Speckled’ and ‘Pink Blush’.

New Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) varieties include ‘Ruby Spitfire’ and ‘Heartbreaker’, both adding texture and color to mixed containers. The attractive multicolored foliage of the low-maintenance ‘Heartbreaker’ makes it an excellent alternative to poinsettias for those interior plantscapers seeking something new for their Christmas rotations. New Heuchera sanguinea varieties with mounded habits and colorful foliage will also make excellent fillers in plant combinations. Check out Heuchera ‘Blackberry’, ‘Orangeberry’ and ‘Gojiberry’.

Haars Nursery – Begonias, kalanchoes & verbena
Haars Nursery has new bicolored kalanchoes from Danish breeder Queen, which really are a breakthrough in breeding and new for the Australian market. The bi-color singles present dramatically colored centers and continue to flower and repeat flower. Haars say that these bi-colored kalanchoes are really in demand in the European marketplace and are impressing customers. Retail nurseries may wish to consider stocking this range of kalanchoes as a gift line, given their sturdy habit and instant impact. The range is a great product for indoors as a new and younger customer base are wanting to use flowering plants and color, in addition to lush green foliage as indoor decoration.

Read the complete article at www.hortjournal.com.au.


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