Variety Central: Fall Crops
Bring on the pansies, phlox, coreopsis and carex this fall. These autumn flavors and more are sure to pique your customers' interest.
June 22, 2009
Ball Horticultural Co.
Chrysanthemum ‘Five Alarm Red’ has vibrant, red color that is great for landscape or patio containers and will finish in six weeks. This variety is an “Ed’s Picks” selection as a top-performing garden mum.
‘Jumping Jack’ viola provides a longer shelf life at retail than other varieties, allowing for a larger window of sales. A continuous bloomer, it’s great for landscape beds, perennial borders and mixed containers.
Rudbeckia ‘Denver Daisy’ grows about 19 inches tall and is perfect for 1-gallon production or large landscape plantings. Flower power is no understatement for this rudbeckia, as large masses of golden flowers adorned with rusty red rings cover ‘Denver Daisy’ from late spring until first frost.
Blooms Of Bressingham
Aster ‘Vibrant Dome’ is a vigorous sport with all the famous assets of ‘Purple Dome’ – tough, compact, disease resistant and heavy blooming – yet in a bright new color for the fall garden. Hot raspberry-pink starry flowers completely cover foliage. ‘Purple Dome’ is shorter and more garden friendly than most of its species. It’s hardy in Zones 3-8 and grows 19 inches tall by 30 inches wide.
Phlox ‘Peppermint Twist’ offers spectacular pink and white candy-striped blooms on a compact habit. The blooms burst forth color from summer to fall and offer excellent powdery mildew disease resistance. They reach a mature height of 14 to 16 inches and a width of 16 to 20 inches. ‘Peppermint Twist’ takes full sun and is hardy to Zone 4.
Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ displays delicate, blue-green, fern-like foliage that provides year-round interest in the landscape. Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ reaches a mature height of 10 to 12 inches with a width of 12 to 14 inches. It’s partial shade to shade and is hardy to Zone 5.
The Mammoth series offers bigger flowers for better visual impact. Pansies were bred for stronger roots that will establish quickly in the home garden. Mammoth is available in 11 beautiful colors and two mixtures.
Two new colors enter the Penny series: Marlies and Clear Yellow. Penny violas are compact, bushy plants that are covered with large upward-facing flowers making for more color impact. They are adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions.
‘White Diamonds’ is a new hydrangea with glistening white panicles showcasing in summer and fall. Smaller and more manageable than most hydrangea paniculatas, it boasts dark-green, leathery foliage with increased heat and drought tolerance. This hydrangea reaches a mature height of 4 feet, and it takes full sun to afternoon shade. It’s hardy in Zones 3-9.
Selecta First Class
Gaillardias are all new from Selecta. Trumpet Red, with its impressive blooming power, is perfect for the landscape and in mixed containers. Large flowers and the interesting flower form add color and texture to any planting. It is an easy-to-care and drought-tolerant variety. Trumpet Red is an outstanding performer for gallon pots, larger containers, and the landscape.
When weather changes from cool to warm to cool again, the individual flowers of coreopsis ‘Red Shift’ open in different hues of yellow and red, showing the full color range all at the same time. Even in more settled climates, the red/yellow shift is dramatic from summer to fall. As a solid landscape addition, the plant’s sturdy, well-branched habit ensures it a place in a sunny garden.
The yellow bloom of the Phaleanopsis orchid ‘Fancy Fresco’ is fronted by a small red center and tapered lip. This variety grows to a height of 30 inches with an average leaf span of 18 inches. The average bloom count includes six or more blooms and grows best when left in low to medium light.
Lantana Bandito is a new series available in three colors: Red, Rose and Orange Sunrise. The new compact series is great for smaller containers. The naturally compact habit requires no plant growth regulators for dense mounding plants and is ideally suited for the Southern United States. The exceptionally large flower size provides vivid colors and continuous blooming through the summer.
Terra Nova Nurseries
Shocking, blood-red veins electrify the golden foliage of heuchera ‘Electra.’ The red venation remains while the leaves change from shades of yellow in the spring to chartreuse in the fall and tan in the winter. ‘Electra’ achieves a full height of 7 inches and spreads to 11 inches. It prefers full shade and is best in Zones 4-9.