Plant Trials

Industry Top Picks in Georgia

Each year, the University of Georgia welcomes members of the industry along with the general public to tour its spectacular trial gardens. Led by John Ruter and managed by Brandon Coker, the gardens showcase plants... more »

Coleus Stained Glassworks - Dummen Orange

Audacious New Annuals

I have always looked forward with excitement and enthusiasm to beginning of the trial season at Costa Farms in southern Florida. This is one of the premier annual and perennial trials with many of the... more »

Perennials on Trial

Mother's Day has passed, spring is here, and the heat of summer is just around the corner. The 2019 gardening season has begun, and your greenhouses are at their peak. As the gardening season kicks... more »

Echinacea Sombrero - Darwin Perennials

Perpetual Perennial Performers — 2018 Trials

The quantity of perennials in summer trials has increased substantially. This is the culmination of years of breeding and selection, with significant advances in breeding techniques and a focus on interspecific hybrids. Many of the... more »

Salvia Grandstand - Green Fuse Botanicals

Green Fuse Stunners

Each month, industry expert and consultant Vaughn Fletcher shares his take on various plant trials throughout the country. Sometimes he focuses on one specific trial, other times he focuses on one plant category, and sometimes... more »

Green Fuse Botanicals — All Star Summer Performers

Green Fuse Botanicals has made significant wide ranging annual and perennial vegetative introductions since its formation in 2009. The partnership with independent breeders has given them the opportunity to promote and market a diverse annual... more »

Petunia Cascadias Indian Summer - Danziger

Petunias Perfect for Baskets

Spring is here, and Mother's Day is just around the corner. It's that time of year — gardeners, homeowners, gift givers and more will be heading to their local garden center to purchase the perfect... more »

Petunia Basket Medley

In earlier articles, I highlighted new and unique annuals and perennials in last year’s summer trials. My evaluation would be incomplete without an article on the Raker-Roberta’s trial in Litchfield, Michigan. This is one of... more »

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