Highlights from the California Spring Trials 2018 – Day 2

Howdy from California! The trip has been great so far and we are seeing some exciting new plants. I’m traveling this year with colleagues from Texas Tech, the University of Arkansas and of course Texas A&M. Today we made three stops with some plants that should do well in the Houston area.

Here are some potential winners from Day 2.

Artemesia Makana Silver

This Artemesia is native to Hawaii and comes from Terra Nova Nurseries. If you are looking to add a soft texture to your perennial border or combination planter this may be the plant. It has soft, silvery foliage and a mounding habit. I am interested in bringing this plant in for evaluation to see how it performs under our humid conditions and gumbo soils.

Artemisia Makana Silver

Artemisia Makana Silver

Sweetunia Fiona Flash

Fiona Flash is a new addition to Dummen’s Sweetunia petunia series. Fiona Flash is a scarlet-hot pink bicolor that seems to glow. Sweetunia has a semi-upright habit that will look great in hanging baskets.

Sweetunia Fiona Flash

Sweetunia Fiona Flash

Calibrachoa Aloha Nani Tropicana

What a great color, Tropicana has punch red and yellow flowers that will definitely give you a tropical feel. The Aloha Nani series has a mounding habit perfect for hanging baskets.

Calibrachoa Aloha Nani Tropicana

Calibrachoa Aloha Nani Tropicana

Poinsettia Holly

It takes a lot for a Poinsettia to get my attention but Holly did. The bract color is a rich red with a dark, forest green foliage. From a grower’s perspective, this plant does not need to be pinched; it branches naturally which will result in a final product with lots of color.

Poinsettia Holly

Poinsettia Holly

I’ll be back tomorrow with an update on Day 3. Don’t touch that dial!

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