Annuals and Perennials

"SunPatiens really are the Power Flower"

Nursery owner Alan Wright of Essex-based Billericay Nurseries shared a collection of images he took on Halloween of SunPatiens that had been successfully grown from young plants supplied by Earley Ornamentals. Commenting on the displays Alan said: “We’ve been buying SunPatiens from Earley Ornamentals for some time now and…

Annual Dutch Lily Days stimulate growth of cultivation

The Dutch Lily Days have greatly stirred up international interest in lily cultivation. The companies participating in the event particularly notice an increase in their range and name recognition that continues to grow. Visitors to the previous editions state in follow-up surveys that they take more…

Celebrating 30 years of Surfinia

This year, MNP Flowers and Suntory celebrate the 30th anniversary of Surfinia. While most flower breeders selected varieties that produce seed, Suntory has been focusing on plants with high garden performance and impact. Therefore, Suntory has always been the category creator, bringing new plants on the market. One of their biggest introductions was the first…

Little Gem magnolia named Louisiana Super Plant

The Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is well known as a traditional tree for Louisiana landscapes. Like camellias, azaleas and crape myrtles, it is often considered essential for creating a “Southern” style garden. Unlike camellias, azaleas and crape myrtles, however, which are all native to the…

US: Stachys ‘Hummelo’ named Perennial Plant of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has awarded the title Perennial Plant of the Year 2019 to Stachys ‘Hummelo’. Selected and introduced by famed German grower Ernst Pagels in the late 1990’s, this perennial further gained popularity as it was used by renowned designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf in some of his signature works.…

"Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ Sea Holly makes a garden statement"

Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’ (USPP#20636, PBR 28175) comes to Rozanne and Friends from Myerscough College of Preston, in Lancashire, UK. The electric-blue flower heads have 4-inch (10 cm) wide bracts and the color extends down onto spiky foliage and along flower stems. Makes larger, taller plants than Eryngium ‘Blue…

Skimmia: November Garden Plant of the Month

Skimmia, four seasons wonder... This shrub (officially called Skimmia japonica) constantly manifests itself in new ways throughout the year. In November the plant displays the buds of its sturdy, attractive flower spikes. The colour and the buds continue to look beautiful all winter long. In April/May…

Darwin Perennials publishes summer trials results

Darwin Perennials partners with trials across North America to evaluate new varieties. Summer trials are coming to an end, and they are receiving lots of trial results. Here are some of the 2019 introductions at three of the company's favorite university trial sites: Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO Hardiness…

More awards for T&M’s sunflower SunBelievable ‘Brown Eyed Girl’

Following its success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Thompson & Morgan’s in-house-bred sunflower, SunBelievable ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ has won even more awards and accolades. Proving popular in the US, the new sunflower was awarded the Retailers’ Choice Award at the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon,…

Grandparents Day: United Against Loneliness

Grandparents Day is back on the calendar! This important day brings the generations closer together, through the universal language of plants and flowers. In most of Europe – from Holland to Russia, from the UK to Spain – the day of the grandparents is celebrated in October. The exact date varies between countries. Plants and flowers have…

400 experience the award-winning dinner tour

American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour stops at SAF

Over 400 Society of American Florists convention attendees got to experience an American Grown Field to Vase Dinner firsthand during SAF Palm Springs 2018 last month. A beautiful evening in Palm Springs for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at this year’s SAF Convention. SAF and Certified American Grown worked together closely to…

Dümmen Orange secures begonia supply for spring 2019

A contingency of US begonia specialists recently completed a visit to the Dümmen Orange, Las Mercedes, production farm in El Salvador to observe recent production stock improvements. Visitors to the farm included representatives from root-and-sell operations, brokerages, and finish growers, hosted by the…


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