Highlights from the California Spring Trials 2018 – Day 5

All good things come to an end, so here is my 5th and final entry for the 2018 trials. We covered quite a few miles starting in Los Angeles and ending in the Gilroy area. It’s always a great experience to not only see new plants, but also travel with a great group of people and see colleagues from around the industry. We made two stops today and saw seem good possibilities for Harris County.

Let’s see what I found today.

Salvia Farina Series

This Salvia farinacea has great colors and uniformity. Farina is an offering from Benary+, the vegetative division of Benary Seed. The Farina series can be used in color beds or containers. It will attract pollinators and reaches a landscape height of 14-20″.

Salvia Farina Series

Salvia Farina Series

Argyranthemum Aramis Apricot

Argyranthemum work well in early spring. The color of Aramis Apricot offers a unique color that will look great in containers or in combination planters. Mature height 12-18″.

Argyranthemum aramis apricot

Argyranthemum ‘Aramis Apricot’

Echinacea: Sombrero Sangrita & Cone-Fections Hot Papaya

Echinacea Sombrero Sangrita

Echinacea ‘Sombrero Sangrita’

Echinacea are great summer bloomers and these two introductions have great colors. Sombrero Sangrita has vibrant scarlet flowers with a mature height of 18-20″. Cone-Fections Hot Papaya is bold and beautiful, which displays an anemone-like flower in a hot papaya/orange color. Hot papaya reaches 36″ in the landscape.

Echinacea Cone-Fections Hot Papaya

Echinacea Cone-Fections Hot Papaya

Carex ‘Feather Falls’

A super-sized variegated Carex that reaches 18-24″ in the landscape. Feather Falls will perform well in both sun and shade.

Carex Feather Falls

I hope you enjoyed these updates as much as I enjoyed visiting all of the trial sites. Keep an eye out for these plants in 2019, I’ll be bringing some in for our display garden for evaluation. Thanks.

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