Sep 11, 2018
Liven Up the Landscape By Jasmina Dolce

The landscape category continues to gain traction on the market. So, as you’re aware, it is important for growers to choose proven performers to complete their programs and help consumers reach success in their gardens.

In the August issue of GPN, Matt Johnson of McHutchison, shared his insights on some top landscape performers. “Choosing the ideal plants and varieties in the landscape is the key to having the eye-catching appeal we are looking for when we enjoy our gardens,” he says.

“When you’re able to find compact plants for borders, know which varieties grow best in sun or shade and understand which plants will thrive in mass plantings, the design of your landscape begins to take shape.”

Johnson says he is always seeking winning varieties for the landscape, so in his article he shares some of his favorites from this season. These plants have all been trialed in garden beds across the country.

Here are some of his top picks, along with his commentary on each plant. To read the full article, click here.

Argyranthemum Grandaisy

This argyranthemum hybrid is versatile in use, boasts heat tolerance and thrives in the garden during the hot summer days. The flowers are large and bright, and Deep Red, Pink Troumaline and Gold are all showstoppers in mass plantings.

Calibrachoa ‘Chameleon Indian Summer Improved’

Chameleons are popular for their continually changing colors throughout the season, reacting to light levels and temperatures. In the garden, these are outstanding performers, blooming into early October. Indian Summer Improved earned ‘Best of Show’ at the 2017 CSU trial for its eye-catching color and strong performance.

Sunflower Sunfinity
Syngenta Flowers

While traditional sunflowers offer one bloom and then die for the season, the new breeding for Sunfinity offers gardeners a sunflower with multiple stems and flowers that rebloom, No deadheading or pinching is required. The multiple blooms make it a great option for cut flowers.

Lupine Staircase
Green Fuse Botanicals

This series presents flower spikes that grow to about 24 inches tall and come in a mix of bright pink, orange, yellow and deep blue, adding height, texture and bold color to the landscape. These plants are hardy to Zone 4 and have no daylight requirements to flower.

Impatiens Sunstanding Helios
Dümmen Orange

Sunstanding Helios are compact with vibrant blooms, and thrive in both sun and shade. For growers, these are also available as Quick Turn Cuttings, allowing a five- to seven-week finish for packs, reducing production time and not taking additional space. Consumers will enjoy the wide color range and how easy they are to grow.

Salvia ‘Rockin’ Fuchsia’
Proven Winners

This new salvia makes a great addition to any pollinator garden, as hummingbirds, butterflies and bees all love its tall bright flowers. Its upright growth habit makes it perfect for borders. ‘Rockin Fuchsia’ is heat and drought tolerant and requires no deadheading, making it a low-maintenance plant for gardeners.

Are you growing any of the above varieties? What are some of your favorite landcape performers? Shoot me an email at [email protected], and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

— Jasmina

Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at [email protected]

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