Spring 2015


Begonia ‘Canary Wings’

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Begonia ‘Canary Wings’—a chance discovery led to a huge hit

You, like so many of us, probably handle a large number of plants during the course of your job. You may have seen a sport or a mutation pass under your hands and you might wonder, “What if…? Could this odd little plant become the next big industry hit?” It would be like capturing lightning in a jar.

That lightning actually struck about 90 miles to our northeast in a garden center outside of Columbus. Back in 2013 ‘Canary Wings’ first appeared in some ‘Dragon Wing’ six-packs as a green-gold stripe on an otherwise normal forest green leaf. At the time the production grower, Jared Hughes, thought the stripe was pretty, so he wondered . . .


Pansy ‘Delta Premium Yellow with Purple Wing’

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A classic Pansy look for the opening of spring

As a Pansy, ‘Delta Premium Yellow with Purple Wing’ has a long and winding name, and it’s similar to the names for the yellow and yellow blotch versions. ‘Purple Wing’, however, is one of the classic forms we associate with the opening of spring: a cheeky yellow face with a thick beard and purple top petals. Purple usually sits over the top petals and sometimes lines the side petals as well.

Although closely associated with Violas, this traditional look is also a major style that sells Pansies. A pretty face is important when planning an early spring program for the retail bench or landscape contract, but this popular variety backs up that charm with a number of other solid traits.


New Tomatoes for 2020

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The backyard tomato, ready to serve to angels (this one is ‘Bush Champion II)

For the backyard garden, nothing attracts customers like a good tomato collection. “They come in for the tomato; they leave with the garden” is the saying, and it is so true. We consider it a “minivan” category, and we see it on our own production reports. We ship more tomatoes than any other type of vegetable. Some years, they even enter the Top Ten list for all plants, flower, foliage or otherwise.

As a result, we put a lot of effort into the varieties we add. Some are improvements on favorites; others are brand new. They run the gamut from unusual cherries, better sauces, very pretty globes and important heirlooms. Let’s take a tour of new cultivars we will be releasing this spring. We will start with the cherry and go through to the beefsteak.


Spreading Pansy ‘Cool Wave Frost’

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‘Cool Wave Frost’—dappled fluff for a range of projects

A special feature of Pansies is their ability to move color around their blossoms—not just from cultivar to cultivar, but from plant to plant and even flower to flower. In a mass planting, this creates a dappled garden look that also follows the modern mix designs of today, except the plant delivers the look naturally. A number of Pansies we sell have this charming style—one of them is Pansy ‘Cool Wave Frost’.


Upcoming Calibrachoas

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Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Good Night Kiss’—new this year

As you make your spring plans, keep Calibrachoa in mind as a dependable way of moving high-value color quickly during those prime months. These plants hit all the high points: vibrant colors, thick coverage, easy installation, simple maintenance, and long life. Consider this fact: the color coverage is so heavy that it’s a rare person who can recall a Calibrachoa leaf from memory.

In addition, there are always new Calibrachoa varieties on the horizon, so you can count on them for attention-getting colors and patterns. Let’s review this season’s new offerings—at the same time we will touch on some popular favorites and the best sizes for each.

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