Spring 2015


The Better Cleomes

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'Senorita Blanca' is the best white Cleome we have found

The greybeards among us may remember Cleomes as that groovy plant with the space-age flowers, deeply palmate leaves, pastel petal clusters and long whisker-like stems. As much as we love this plant, we also vividly remember the pricks of many spines. Therefore, we were very pleased when new Cleomes appeared in 2012, bred to bring this Victorian cottage garden classic into the modern age.


The Curation of Calibrachoas

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With Calibrachoas, what you leave out is as important as what you keep in

Back in the 90s, the Calibrachoa wasn’t much to talk about but a few decades later it has become a major category in the industry. Big name players field their own teams of singles, doubles, and patterns, and each breeding program has its own particular focus. They work nationally but we, the growers, work locally. For example, Calibrachoas bred for the North don’t require heat tolerance, whereas the Southern ones must tolerate low spring temperatures and wet conditions. Here in Cincinnati, we take a blend of the two—what works for one region doesn’t always work for us here. Still, it’s important to get this plant group right because the people who like Calibrachoas keep coming back for them.

Climate is just one of several hoops a plant needs to jump through—we pick and choose specific cultivars to perform important tasks for our buyers. Calibrachoa has two significant jobs these days: filler in hanging baskets and component for other projects large and small. Not all varieties do this well, so what you don’t grow becomes as important as what you do grow. Once you understand our curation process you will understand how to use our Calibrachoa to achieve your business and creative goals.


Hanging Baskets for Mother’s Day

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Combo Livin’ on the Edge

Gearing up for the Mother’s Day holiday means stocking up on plenty of colorful hanging baskets. We have a wide selection of full, lush baskets for both shade and sun—a single truck can meet your needs for quality, variety, and quantity. Let’s take a walk through the houses and see what’s shipping.

Keep in mind that this is just a short list of suggestions. We are shipping much, much more than what we are listing here, so please review the Availability list on our web site for the complete selection of beautiful spring baskets ready to go.


Annuals for Pollinators

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Diefenbacher Greenhouses works with the Cincinnati Zoo for Zoo’s Best Annuals

If you are serious about pollinator support it’s essential to deploy annuals as part of your working strategy. This is true whether you are designing a butterfly bench at a garden center, building a bee support garden at a park or institution, or simply doing your part as a pollinator-conscious landscaper.

Annuals bring important capabilities to bear:

  • Speed: Annuals grow fast, so they set out pollen and nectar quickly.
  • Duration: As a general rule, annuals have very long blooming seasons, providing food over broad windows of time.
  • Volume: For many annuals there is no tomorrow—success hinges on generating high volumes of pollen and nectar.
  • Diversity: Annuals have adapted their genetics to fit the many types of mouthparts, lifestyles, habits, and needs that exist among the pollinator community. 
  • Price: Annuals are reasonable; if you need to create large nectar factories by mass planting for pollinators, you can cover more ground with the same budget.

The Romance of Illuminations

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Illuminations establish the romance at this Begonia wedding

One of the jobs annuals do is an emotional performance. They use their forms and colors to turn a house into a home or a landscape into a vista in much the same way that we decorate a space with photos, furniture, draperies, and other emotional knick-knacks of our lives. Think of a lamp—it performs a function, but it also states who we are and the style we like.

For some annuals, the thrill of the moment is their job. They deliver the emotional punch in places where high-impact has high value. We call them Impact Tools, and a good example is the Illumination Begonia. Let’s take a look at its strength in showmanship, its accompanying restrictions, and some innovative ways to use it.

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