Highlights from the California Spring Trials 2018 – Day 4

Coming into the home stretch for the 2018 trials, only 1 more day to go. We stopped at three different sites today and saw some innovative plants. The breeding companies continue to develop new programs and deliver solutions for both the greenhouse/nursery producers and the end consumer.

Here are some plants to look for in 2019.

Helianthus ‘SunBelievable Brown Eyed Girl’

A multi-branching sunflower that is a non-stop bloomer throughout the season. This hybrid is sterile so the plant puts its energy into flower production and not setting seed. This plant will be an exclusive introduction from Monrovia Nursery in 2019. Landscape height is 24″.

Helianthus 'SunBelivable Brown Eyed Girl'

Helianthus ‘SunBelivable Brown Eyed Girl’

Superbells Doublette Love Swept

This calibrachoa from Proven Winners is loaded with double, bright pink flowers with a picotee edge. Doublette Love Swept has a compact habit and should be used in containers, combinations or in hanging baskets.

Superbells Doublette Love Swept

Superbells Doublette Love Swept

Amazel Basil

Has downy mildew attacked your plants in the past? Amazel Basil is the first downey mildew-resistant variety of sweet basil. This plant prefers full sun and will reach a landscape height of 20-36″.

Amazel Basil

Amazel Basil

Rockin’ Fuchsia Salvia

This Salvia gauranitica delivers large, fuchsia flowers with dark bracts. Rockin’ Fuchsia should be a magnet for pollinators and hummingbirds. It prefers full sun and will reach a landscape height of 2-3′.

Salvia Rockin' Fuchsia

Salvia Rockin’ Fuchsia

Tophat Begonia

If you are looking for a great patio plant, Tophat Begonia may fit the bill. This is a large begonia with large flowers that should be grown in a large container (sounds like it should be at home in Texas). There are three colors: pink, scarlet and white in the series.

Tophat Begonia

Tophat Begonia

Snaptini Snapdragon

Snapdragons are a cool season annual for us in Harris County. The Snaptini series is bred for reduced photoperiod sensitivity offering an earlier and longer bloom period. The plants have a strong central leader and sturdy branching which should help the plant hold up to tough weather events. There are 5 colors in the series and it reaches a landscape height of 8-10″.

Snaptini Snapdragon

Snaptini Snapdragon

Check back tomorrow for my final update on the trials.

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