SELECTED NEW VARIETIES 2018/2019
Begonia, Tophat Series P (F1)
16" spreading 20" container, 20" spreading 24" gdn; Very large flowers, dense branching. Semperflorens-like foliage is neater, more rounded than other interspecifics on mkt. Easy to handle and very early for an interspecific. For large planters and knee high bedding, shade to sun. Colors: Pink, Scarlet, White, Mix.
Canna, South Pacific Series R (F1)
24" spreading 10" in 2-gallon, 4 ft spreading 18" in gdn; The first F1 Canna, with extra vigor and larger blooms than older varieties. Brilliant 4" flowers in clusters of 6-7 per spike, on sturdy stems held well above broad statuesque foliage. Top quality for container, planter, beds & borders.
Colors: Ivory, Orange (AAS), Rose, Scarlet.
Coreopsis grandiflora, Double the Sun
12-14" spreading 12-14"; FYF. Extremely early, blooming 2-3 weeks ahead of Early Sunrise in cool spring weather, or 1-2 weeks ahead if finishing in summer months. Large semidouble 2.5" pure golden yellow flowers. Prolific bloomer. Great for making the early sales windows. For perennial containers, packs and bedding.
Geranium Ivy Leaf, Reach Out Series (F1)
6-8" spreading 10-14"; A new advance in Ivy Leaf from seed. Early flowering, with short internodes and compact branching. Easier to produce, stems don't get tangled up in trays, for better bench run product. Flowers cover the entire canopy from all angles for high retail appeal. Advanced performance in landscape, container & basket. Colors: Formula Mix (6 colors), Red.
Helianthus annuus F1, SunBuzz
12" spreading 8" small pot, 20" spreading 12" large pot or gdn; Compact pollen free hybrid, branches and reblooms repeatedly for a long season of showy color. Bright yellow overlapping petals. Mid-size dark center. Little or no PGR required for compact salable plant. PGRs promote heaviest branching but less needed than comparable varieties.
Heliopsis helianthoides scabra 'Burning Hearts'
4 ft; FYF. Large flowers with several rows of vivid golden petals and a broad red-flame bicolor ring surrounding the small burnt orange cone. Purple foliage along strong black stems. Free flowering. Sturdy plant for years of beauty. Good for specialty cutflower, borders and beds.
Lavandula angustiflora, Blue Spear
12" spreading 10"; Extremely showy. Sturdy stems topped with broad and long 3" flower spikes, about .5-.75" across. Prolific base branching produces a dense mass of deep blue flower spears, showy even from a distance. Easily grown, very uniform and fairly early when grown with minimum 13-hour day length. For perennial containers & borders. Worth testing as specialty cutflowers.
Linaria, Fantasista Series MP
3-5" spreading 12": Spreading habit with strong base branching. Withstands frosts and short duration freezes. Grows year round in mild climates. Outstanding extra early, 7-10 days ahead of Fantasy. For baskets, mass plantings, planters.
Colors: Blue, Mix, Pink, Rose, White, Yellow.
Primula veris, Cabrillo Dark Yellow ¶
8" spreading 4" pot, 10" spreading 8" gdn; Petals are pure deep yellow with apricot flares at base. Improved for high uniformity of habit and flower time and for excellent pot performance. Neater, more compact and earlier to flower than older varieties. Prefers cool conditions and requires vernalization. For perennial container and bedding.
Papaver rhoeas, American Legion
15" early, 24" later; This the traditional Poppy of Flanders Fields. Large, intense red flowers with a distinct white cross at center of bloom. Can be grown and cut for fresh local Memorial Day mkt. Excellent for mass
landscape, public memorial plantings, roadside margins.
Salvia interspecific, Big Blue
24" spreading 18" container, 36" spreading 20" gdn; Big spikes of pure deep blue flower continuously from midsummer to frost.The first of its kind from seed, easy to grow and super showy, thrives in heat, low water conditions. A
wonderful booster for midsummer sales of large containers and spring sales to landscapers. Worth testing as specialty cutflower. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees in the garden.
Streptocarpus, Wiesmoor P
8-10" spreading 8"; Reselected strain of this traditional pot plant with neat small-leaved habit, large flowers and complete color range of abundant bright 2.5" flowers. More reliable emergence than other seed strains and far
less prone to disease than cutting-grown. Some growers sow 3-5 pellets per cell to fill pot quickly with mounded color.
Verbena, Scentsation Mix
8" container, 12" gdn; Scented Verbena from seed! Gorgeous color range including deep blue shades, light blue shades, lilac, rose and pink shades. Well branched habit covers over with 1-2" flowers in ample 4" clusters. For multi-plant containers, bedding, mass landscape or fragrance garden.
Vinca, Solar Avalanche Series (F1)
8" pot,12" gdn; Large vivid flowers with overlapping petals. Spreading trailing habit. Strong performance in wide range of conditions from cool to hot weather with good tolerance for wet weather & disease. Uniform and very early. Pot and bedding.
Colors: Mix (8 colors), Red.
Zinnia, Queen Lime Orange
**2017 AAS Winner** 28" container, 36" gdn; Gorgeous showstopper was the word for this variety in the 2017 trials. Unique new color, coral orange with lime green inner petals and red-rose centers, shifted to peachy orange with buttery lime inner ring and scarlet centers. Large 3-4" highly double fluted Dahlia type flowers, strong stems. Very durable plant, showed little foliage wilt vs comparisons, a great beauty till summer's end. Height reached 4 feet when crowded. Cut blooms lasted 3 weeks in vase at room temp with no special treatment. Must-have cutflower, field grown or high tunnel. Also a robust beauty for large showpiece containers.**2017 AAS Winner** 28" container, 36" gdn; Gorgeous showstopper was the word for this variety in the 2017 trials. Unique new color, coral orange with lime green inner petals and red-rose centers, shifted to peachy orange with buttery lime inner ring and scarlet centers. Large 3-4" highly double
fluted Dahlia type flowers, strong stems. Very durable plant, showed little foliage wilt vs comparisons, a great beauty till summer's end. Height reached 4 feet when crowded. Cut blooms lasted 3 weeks in vase at room temp with no special treatment. Must-have cutflower, field grown or high tunnel. Also a robust beauty for large showpiece containers.
Aster, Julie Scarlet
24-30"; Semidouble with tight petals and golden centers. 2-4 weeks earlier blooming than comparable varieties. Medium tall. Branching very low to ground.Can be raised harvested as whole plant bouquet or tighter spacing can be used for single-stem cuts. Strong disease tolerance. Professional quality cutflower. For high tunnel or field growing. Part of the series: Aster, Julie. Colors inside series: Blue, Mix, Rose, Pink, Scarlet, White
Lisianthus, Bolero Blue Blush PEL
40"; Early flowering full double. Petallage is blushed in orchid-like pattern of rich lilac blue to softest pale blue, very appealing in bouquets. Bloom shape and quality hold up well under heat. Adaptable to both winter and summer cropping schedules. Very sturdy stems and good vase life. Less susceptible to rosetting than many other varieties. For professional cuts under cover. Worth testing in open as specialty cutflower.
Lisianthus, Chaconne Yellow Improved PEL
Antirrhinum, Snaptini Series (F1)
7" spreading 7"; Successor to the popular Montego series. Nearly dayneutral flowering and reliable, tight flowering window across the series provides opportunity to program crops at all seasons with bench run finish. Habit is well adapted to high density production and easy shipping. Strong central leader starts the show early, followed by numerous sturdy side branches for a classic bold look at retail, and a long lasting color show for the customer.
Colors: Mix (9 colors), Burgundy Bicolor, Red, Sunglow (orange bicolor), Violet, Yellow, White.
Antirrhinum Greenhouse Forcing, Cool Series (F1)
40" with open spacing or high light, 60" with high density spacing or lower light; Group 1,2. Excellent winter-flowering series for cool conditions under high tunnel or greenhouse. Genetically matched, highly uniform across the series and within colors for stem length, spike quality and crop timing.
Excellent for production alongside Delphinium.
Colors: Crimson, Mix, Orange, Pink, Rose, White, Yellow.
Aquilegia caerulea, Kirigami Series (F1)
14" spreading 12" pot, 24" spreading 20" gdn; No Vern, requiring only 55°F to induce flowering. Most programmable Aquilegia to date. Uniform flower time across series enables bench-run shipping to mkt. Strong colors and upfacing blooms enhance point-of-sale appeal. Excellent container perennial and garden plant. Colors: Deep Blue & White, Light Blue & White, Mix, Red & White, Rose & Pink, Yellow.
Aster, Macaroon Series
24-28"; Unusually strong fusarium tolerance. Branches low on plant for good single stem length or for whole plant bouquet. Strong stems of medium length.
For fieldgrown or high tunnel cutflowers. Well worth testing in humid areas.
Campanula carpatica, Pristar Series (F1)
8" spreading 6"pot, 12" spreading 10" gdn; FYF, No Vern required. Early flowering, neat mounded habit. Very uniform timing and habit across series for easy programmable production. Large outfacing flowers cover the rounded plant canopy. For pot crops, perennial bedding.
Colors: Deep Blue, Light Blue, White.
Delphinium elatum, Delphina Series (F1)
20" spreading 14" pot, 25" spreading 18" gdn; FYF. No vern. No PGR required. Gentically compact plants.
For perennial containers, combo planters, borders & beds.
Colors: Dark Blue Black Bee, Dark Blue White Bee, Light Blue White Bee, Rose White Bee, Mix.
Dianthus chinensis, Corona Series P (F1)
9" spreading 9"; Extra large blooms, vivid unique colors. Very broad, overlapping, rounded petals give these plants a unique. Covers the plant canopy with vivid color in packs, pots and gardens. Uniform flower timing and habit across the series. Especially excellent in cool weather and as Pansy companion.
Colors: Cherry Red, Mix, Rose, Strawberry (varied patterns in coral and salmon shades), White.
Flowering Kale, Lady Series
36"; Fringe leaf type with unusual warm colors at center, all with deep green surround. Extra tall. Colors up in mid to late season. Very tolerant to cold. (Note: all ornamental brassica should be protected from frost for best ornamental value.)
Colors: First Lady (luminous red ctr), Peach Lady (soft peachblossom ctr), White Lady (Ivory ctr)
Lisianthus, Largo Series PEL
40"; Group 3+ to4. Broad picotee edges of large rose-form flowers create an eye-catching swirled color pattern over white background.
Very attractive in arrangements. Strong hard stems, medium resistance to rosetting. Grows well, retains good height and branching through season.
Professional cutflower for late summer and fall markets.
Lisianthus, Rosita 3 Series P (F1)
3-4 ft; Professional cutflower. Group 3 for summer to fall flower timing. Produces sprays of double rose-form flowers on strong stems.Thick petals, top flowering. Ships well with little botrytis problem. Long vase life, high % usable buds.
Colors: Blue, Green, Lavender, Mix, Pink, Red, White, Yellow.
Lisianthus, Voyage 2 Series P (F1)
2ft in high light or broad spacing, 3ft in lower light or close spacing; Group 2. Top-flowering habit. Large lushly double fringed flowers in gorgeous colors. Strong petal texture for enhanced shipping and shelf life. Professional cutflower, spring cropping.
Colors: Deep Rose, Light Apricot, Champagne, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow, White, Mix.
Marigold French, Super Hero™ Series
8-10"; Improved successor to the Hero Series. Robust tightly branched plant habit, most uniform in packs & gdn. Earlier to flower, just 7-9 weeks from
sow to bloom. Brighter, cleaner colors with very stable flower patterns. AAS winning Spry was outstanding in trials for bright contrast.
Colors: Deep Orange, Orange Flame, Spry (AAS Winner), Yellow, Mix.
Pansy, Delta Speedy Series (F1)
5" spreading 7"; Nearly day neutral, extra quick flowering and very uniform, tight bloom window. These traits provide opportunity for fall and winter color
in south & west. Otherwise like Delta, with masses of large up-facing blooms and strong weather tolerance.
Colors: True Blue, Clear White, Clear Yellow, Deep Blue with Blotch, Frost, Rose Medley, Yellow with Blotch, Mix.
Pansy, Deltini Series (F1)
4" spreading 5"; Nearly day neutral for programmable production, selling into winter-flowering markets in South and West, as well as early northern spring. Fast crop time with 4-day bloom window, even under short day conditions, enables bench run shipping to mkt. For fall, winter, spring packs & bedding.
Colors: Blue, Burgundy, Honeybee, White, Yellow, Mix.
Penstemon hartwegii (gentianoides), Partybells Series (F1)
16" spreading 12" pot, 18" spreading 16" gdn; Large vivid tubular flowers with white throats borne plentifully along showy spikes. Habit is compact and upright with dense lateral branching for long flower show. Spikes tend to remain erect and resist lodging. Thrives and blooms continuously in hot, dry weather. For containers, combo planters, sunny bedding.
Colors: Red, Violet.
Pentas lanceolata, BeeBright Series P (F1)
6" spreading 12" pot, 8" spreading 12" gdn; A week earlier in CA trials. Tightly uniform habit across all colors, fills a pack with bloom.
Very productive flowering, with numerous clusters at a time on plants. For fast packs, pots, bedding.
Colors: Mix (5 colors), Red.
Pentas lanceolata, HoneyCluster Series P (F1)
12" spreading 14" container, 14" spreading 18" gdn; Vigorous branching habit, large clusters carried well above foliage. Strong plant stands up to heat and keeps flower power through long season. For mid to large containers, knee high gardening.
Colors: Mix (4 colors), Red.
Petunia grandiflora Success! 360º ® Series
Colors: Blue, Burgundy, Deep Rose, Red, Red Star, Rose Star, Salmon Vein, White, Maxi Mix.
Petunia grandiflora Success HD Series P (F1)
4" pack, 10" gdn; Genetically compact for high density production without PGR. Standout in trials. Rose Star has 2019 AAS Gold Medal. Extra early &
uniform, finishing in 9-13 wks depending on container. Fills pack or basket fast, covers plant with large flowers. Selected for vivid colors across the
board. Colors: Blue, Pink, Red, Rose Star (AAS 2019), White, Maxi Mix (7 colors).
Platycodon grandiflorus Pop Star™ Series
6" pot, 8" gdn; Improved branching and more compact habit. Uniform timing among colors, finishing in 13-15 weeks.
Fast crop, easy to grow. Containers or bedding, indoors or out.
Colors: Blue, Pink, White, Mix.
Stock Matthiola, Iron Series
30-36"; Group 3 mid early season. "Iron" hard stems are robust, strong and provide great support for the extra tight, heavy, non-stretching flower spikes. Very fast blooming for its type. Good for spring or fall harvest. Likes lots of water. For long stems, never allow dry-down during growing season. Professional cutflower. Best under glass or high tunnel.
Available Inventor: Deep Pink, Marine, Purple, Rose, White, YellowExpected Inventor: Apricot - mid October; Blue - mid October; Cherry - mid August; Fairy Pink - mid October
Stock Matthiola, Noble Series
30"-36"; High double averaging 90% double flowering types. Professional quality cutflower for summer, fall & winter sowing. Dense, broad flower spikes. Extra early blooming, in range of 65-100 days from sowing (culture sheet avail). Completely daylength neutral for reliable bud initiation without lighting.
Stock Matthiola, Quartet
30-36"; Spray type habit, branching low on the stem, easy for whole-plant bouquets or for numerous mid-length single stems. Easily selected for doubles. Early blooming, sweetly fragrant, strong branching habit, excellent form. Pinching is required for good spray form. Leave at least 10 leaves on stem. For long stems, never dry out during growing season.
Colors: Apricot, Blue, Deep Pink Blush, Deep Yellow, Lavender, Mix, Peach, Pink, Purple, Rainbow, Red, White
Vinca, SunStorm Series
5" pot, 10" gdn; Compact plants with flat habit and flat flowers, needing little to no PGR. Red Halo is a unique & striking pattern, bright magenta red petals with a broad bright white central zone. Early & uniform. For bedding packs, sunny planters.
Colors: Purple, Mix, Red Halo, White with Eye, Blush, Bright Red, Deep Orchid, Light Blue, Pure White.