May 12, 2021
California Summer Trials Sneak Peek – Part 3 By Jasmina Dolce

And the countdown to the California Summer Trials continues! Only 42 days until we begin our coastal trek in search of the latest and greatest new plant selections.

Will you be attending? Have you finalized your travel plans?

If you need help mapping out your route, or just want to enjoy a preview of what’s to come next month in California, check out our CAST feature in the May issue of GPN. We put together a convenient listing for each stop along the way, with contact information so you can easily book your appointments. We also included a sneak peek of some of the new introductions making their debut during CAST.

If that sneak peek isn’t enough, we’ve got more for you below.

And for those of you not attending CAST, be sure to sign up for GPN’s New Varieties Week — taking place online June 29 to July 1. Suntory Flowers, Proven Winners, Benary, Dümmen Orange, Westhoff, Ball FloraPlant, Selecta and PanAmerican Seed will be sharing their latest introductions with attendees during live webcasts. Click here to register.

— Jasmina

Miscanthus ‘Gentle Breeze’
Plant Haven

Miscanthus - Plant Haven

‘Gentle Breeze’ presents lovely, super fine, silvery-green foliage with a white midrib. This new dwarf maiden grass measures 2×2 feet, reaching 3 feet in height between July and October when the silky, white flower heads emerge. It is Zone 4 hardy.

Petunia ‘Surfinia Heavenly Cabernet’
Suntory Flowers

Surfinia petunia

Heavenly Cabernet joins the Surfinia petunia collection. Like a glass of fine Cabernet, blooms are a gorgeous burgundy/purple with dark throats. Habit is semi-trailing, like top-selling ‘Surfinia Heavenly Blue’. This new variety is perfect for premium hanging baskets.

Impatiens ‘SunPatiens Vigorous Sweetheart White’

SunPatiens Sweetheart White

SunPatiens are trusted by growers, retailers and landscapers for flourishing blooms in both sun and shade, spring through fall. With over 14 years of proven market performance, SunPatiens bring reliable flower power across a range of conditions. New for 2021 is Vigorous Sweetheart White, along with Compact Deep Red and Vigorous White Improved.

Rudbeckia Sunbeckia
Flamingo Holland

Rudbeckia Sunbeckia

The Sunbeckia series is a hirta hybrid bred in Germany and available in 13 varieties. Known for their large flower size and long-lasting blooms, Sunbeckia is great in the garden or on the patio. It requires no pinching and flowers spring through fall. Plant height is approximately 14 to 16 inches.

Leucanthemum ‘White Lion’
Kieft Seed

shasta daisy

Complete your seed shasta daisy package with new ‘White Lion’. With a critical daylength of only 10 hours, it is ideal for early spring sales from overwintered production (previously only possible with vegetative varieties) and for spring sales from annual production.

Petunia ‘Limbo GP Yellow Lime’
Hem Genetics

Limbo petunia

A beautiful new light greenish yellow has been added to this top-selling series of genetically dwarf petunias, generally requiring no PGRs in production. Because of its compact habit, they require less maintenance in landscape beds or hanging baskets.

Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at

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