TAG: Ornamentals

Firebird Crabapple

July 16, 2012By

The Firebird Crabapple (Malus sargentii ‘Select A’ [PP 12621]) has been named Woody Ornamental Plant of the Year by the Wisconsin Nursery Association. It can be used as a specimen, in a container or a foundation, in a mixed border, espaliered, or as a topiary. In the spring, the Firebird Crabapple is covered with red flower buds that blossom into fragrant... read more

Livescapes: Trials by Fire

July 8, 2012By

By Jamie J. Gooch Producing profits through bedding plants, ornamentals & trees. Proving plants can take the heat. Just like the top auto manufacturers test their cars in extreme conditions to see how much heat they can take, so too do plant breeders. If you want to know how much sun a plant can stand, you have to head South.... read more

‘Christmas Carol’ Aloe

June 21, 2012By

This small aloe from Monrovia has Christmas holiday-like colors of bright red trim on deep-green leaves with dark red spots down the center and along the leaf margin. It produces orange and pink flowers in the fall. Landscape uses include small-scale groundcover, placements in rock gardens or containers. As a succulent, aloe only needs occasional irrigation. It should be divided every two... read more

Phytolacca ‘Sunny Side Up’

April 12, 2012By

Phytolacca ‘Sunny Side Up’ is a solid gold leaf selection of Phytolacca (Pokeberry), which is native from Canada south to Texas Phytolacca ‘Sunny Side Up’ is a solid gold leaf selection of Phytolacca (Pokeberry), which is native from Canada south to Texas. Discovered in North Carolina by gardener Robert Hughes, Phytolacca ‘Sunny Side Up’ makes a 5-6-ft. tall specimen with... read more

Ptilotus exaltatus Joey

February 16, 2012By
Image: Ptilotus exaltatus "Joey"

Benary’s Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ recently won the Glass Tulip award from FloraHolland in the category of bedding plants.   Benary’s Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’ recently won the Glass Tulip award from FloraHolland in the category of bedding plants. Each year, the FloraHolland flower auction presents the award to the most successful introductions in the categories cut flowers, houseplants, garden plants and... read more

Planning for the California Spring Trials

February 12, 2012By

The horticulture industry’s annual road trip of new varieties takes place next month. The displays have been designed, the speakers have been booked and the new plants are being prepared for their close-ups at this year’s California Spring Trials. The spotlight will shine on 17 stops along more than 400 miles of California highway and byways from March 24-31. Plants... read more