Most trending plant varieties from the 2021 Michigan Plant Trials

The Michigan Garden Plant Tour is a coordinated open house of young plant producers and Michigan State University. The Tour educates professional growers and industry professionals about plant selections and their garden performance. During 2021, the young plant producers who trialed varieties for the Michigan Garden Plant Tour were: Mast Young Plants, Pell Greenhouses, Walter’s Gardens, Raker-Roberta’s, and Four Star Greenhouses (Photo 1). Each of the young plant producers developed a short list of the most impressive cultivars in their 2021 trials and produced videos showcasing some of those varieties. In this article, you can click the links to view the videos about each of the trial garden locations and see which varieties were the best of the trial season.

The trial garden at Mast Young Plants included 1,500+ varieties with 135 of them being new for 2021-2022 (Photo 2). In the 2021 gardens, there were over 500 custom-designed hanging baskets and patio pot combinations and 20 raised beds. The most notable varieties from the 2021 trials were:

  • Helianthus ‘Sol Seeker’ – Danziger 
  • Crespedia GolfTM Beauty Improved – Danziger
  • Petunia ItsyTM White – Syngenta
  • SupercalÒ Pechoa Sunset Orange – Sakata
  • Petunia BlanketÒ Silver Surprise – Greenfuse

To learn more, check out their trial garden website. Growers can view their best-of-the-best video from Mast Young Plants here.

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