Annuals and Perennials

"Consumers are looking for that tropical look, and Caladiums fill that void"

The Heart to Heart Collection of new Proven Winners Caladiums will be available for 2020. According to Curt Varsogea, Sales Manager at Four Star, this exclusive line is the result of a partnership with Classic Caladiums of Florida, an international leader in the breeding of Caladiums. Curt Varsogea,…

International floriculture & greenhouse sector gathers in Holland

Yesterday both GreenTech Amsterdam and the Californian-modeled FlowerTrials took off. Together these events attract a broad representation of the international floriculture and greenhouse building sectors to the country, offering visitors about all there is to discover in the fields of breeding and the…

U.S. utility patent granted for Beacon Impatiens

A United States utility patent was granted for PanAmerican Seed's new Beacon Impatiens having a unique form of disease resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. US 10,285,362 covers all 6 colors and two mixes of Beacon Impatiens walleriana. Additional patent applications are pending. “Since its official…

Yellow butterfly vine named Texas Superstar

Yellow butterfly vine, also known as yellow orchid vine, a perennial, twining evergreen vine, has been named a Texas Superstar selection for its low maintenance requirements and beauty. Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a state agency that is part of the…

Monday, June 17th

Come admire newest facilities at Plantpeddler's

The P2S2 expansion adds an additional 100,000 square feet of capacity to the Plantpeddler operational footprint. Starting in 1980 with 12,000 sqft, this next phase of growth…

US (ME): Popular plant linked to Lyme disease pulled from state property

A popular plant linked to Lyme disease is now being pulled from property owned by the state of Maine. "They're definitely a tick magnet; they're very much a tick magnet," state horticulturist Gary Fish said in August 2018. Disease carrying ticks love Japanese barberry. "It's unfortunate it's so pretty…

June 20, Zeeland

US (MI): Perennial Expo @ Walters Gardens features guest speaker Tony Avent

The Perennial Expo @ Walters Gardens will begin with keynote speaker Tony Avent. Tony is a seasoned hybridizer, plant collector, and owner of Plant Delights Nursery, a mail order company specializing in unique and interesting perennials. Tony has spent decades traveling the globe on botanizing trips in…

September 5-7, Warsaw

Nearly 300 exhibitors to participate in Flower Expo Poland

The 4th edition of Flower Expo Poland will take place on September 5-7, 2019 in Warsaw. It is the biggest cut flowers & pot plants trade show in Poland. This year’s edition motto – Natural Choice – emphasizes the need of people to surround themselves with greenery. The proximity of nature in the…

the exemplary case of Kudzu

"Invasives" not necessarly invasive

Like the term weeds, which modern gardeners bandy with little pause, “invasives” are often considered a massive problem in the plant kingdom. Whether herbs popping up in fields, vines strangling forests at roadside edges, or trees sowing themselves into thickets, an entire collection of plants have been…

Reviving the Smell of Extinct Plants

Could we bring back the smell of an extinct flower? Five years ago, this question started Ginko Bioworks off on an unexpected adventure that’s led us through enormous collections of two hundred year old plant specimens and international art exhibitions, through collaborations with a paleogenomics lab, a…

New plants revealed for Helping Children Grow exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The excitement of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 will soon be upon us and The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is buzzing about the new plants that will feature on its Discovery Zone exhibit ‘Helping Children Grow’. The exhibit promotes National Children’s Gardening Week which takes place between 25…

Orkney Garden Festival supports Perennial’s 180th anniversary

The popular biennial Orkney Garden Festival, supported by SERCO Northlink, returns to the islands this July and promises visitors a wonderful selection of open gardens, talks and demonstrations from some of Scotland’s well-known gardening personalities. A total of 28 gardens will throw open their gates…

Basewell Perennials introduced at CAST

This year at CAST, Dümmen Orange introduced Basewell Perennials. Learn more about this new program with Jeff LaCourse, Perennial IPT Lead in the video below: The company also posted a video with updates to the Basewell program for the 2019-2020 season with Perry Wismans, Global Head of Floriculture…

Netherlands: 7,500 petunias planted in celebration of love

A special planting of Amore Petunia took place early last week in Keukenhof, Netherlands, in a cooperation between Danziger, Florensis, Imperial Plants and Bongartz. An area of 300 square meters will be planted with 7,500 plants of Amore series - A mixture of Amore Queen of Hearts, Amore Pink Heart and…

Australia: The Woody Meadow project

John Rayner is an Associate Professor and Director of Urban Horticulture within the University of Melbourne’s Green Infrastructure Research Group. Together with colleague Dr Claire Farrell, John has been working to develop a low-input naturalistic planting design suitable for use in public landscapes,…

UK: ‘Behind the Genes’

This year, Thompson & Morgan is teaming up with Sparsholt College at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to create a ‘Behind the Genes’ show garden which is diving into the science behind plant breeding and genetics to offer an insight into the development of plant breeding and selection. "T&M breeding is recognised around the…

China: 900 Exhibitors from 31 Countries ready for Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai 2019 take-off

On Saturday, April 20, China's largest horticultural fair, Hortiflorexpo IPM Shanghai, will start in the Shanghai New International Expo Center. Until April 22, the trade public will find novelties and innovations from the Plants, Horticultural Technology, Floristry and Garden Features areas here. The…

RU: FlowersConf 2019 attended by over 400 florists

150 people (offline) and over 260 participants (online) from Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Byelorussia, Holland, the Czech Republic and Poland took part in “FlowersConf 2019”. Among them there were owners and managers of flower shops, floristic salons, experienced florists and beginners, flower…

Dutch PM baptizes tulip in honor of Canadian veteran

Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, baptized Tulipa ‘Don White’ at the Keukenhof on Wednesday, April 17. The tulip was named after a Canadian WWII veteran, Don White. With the name, Rutte is making the connection with the liberation of the Netherlands, which started 75 years ago. White and other heroes…

May 15-16, Orlando

US (FL): Breeders, education experts, industry members to gather at Florida Flower Trials

FNGLA's Florida Flower Trials serve as a place to sharpen business skills and get a first-hand glimpse of how the newest annual plant varieties can boost profit margins. Florida Flower Trials is a two-day annual event where top plant breeders, education experts and key industry members come together to…

New Look celosia latest Texas Superstar release

An older celosia variety – New Look – has been named the latest Texas Superstar release based on its superior performance across the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. The New Look celosia variety was named a 2019 Texas Superstar plant by AgriLife Research, Texas A&M…

June 4 - 7, The Netherlands

Lily on stage in Dutch Lily Days

As a single-variety bunch or incorporated in a bouquet, scented or not, single or double-bloomed: it is this versatility of lilies that continues to attract a large loyal following in the Netherlands, as well as in the neighboring countries. With the Dutch Lily Days the lily-growing Netherlands has its own stage to display this…

US: Tuff Stuff Ah-Ha hydrangea wins Shrub Madness 2019

Proven Winners ColorChoice crowned a 2019 Shrub Madness winner as the world’s only plant bracket competition came to a close for 2019. Based on the college basketball playoffs, the contest is populated with a wide variety of Proven Winners ColorChoice shrubs, which compete throughout the month of March…

Notes from the Road: Open House

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Swift Greenhouses, where I grew up. Swift is a big supporter of Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed genetics, so I was proud to be there to support their program. by Chris Fifo, Product Representative at Darwin Perennials Me and Hans Stokes, my successor at Swift…

Top 5 AmeriSeed flowers to sow this spring

Finally, the days are getting longer and warmer. Spring is here. Now is the time to sow AmeriSeed Marigolds, Vinca, Zinnia and Petunia seeds. Here is AmeriSeed's top 5 picks for flowers this Spring: 1. African/American Marigolds – “Little Ducks Orange F1” A naturally dwarf variety with huge, orange…


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