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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… Read More →

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… Read More →

Highlights from the California Spring Trials 2018 – Day 3

We are halfway through our trip and now visiting breeders in the Salinas area. The weather has been great and the breeding companies have been displaying some awesome plants. Today we made 2 stops after driving 2.5 hours to the northern end of the trials. Take a look at what I found today. Sunflower (experimental) On our stop at Takii (Japanese breeder), we saw this experimental Sunflower that had height, flower size and flower quantity (an ornamental hat-trick). This plant would not be for the faint of heart…. Read More →

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… Read More →

Highlights from the California Spring Trials 2018 – Day 1

It’s that time of year to spend a week traveling in California to see the latest and greatest in annuals, perennials, edibles and even woody ornamentals. Think of these trials as “Fashion Week” for the plant world. Breeding companies from the United States and Europe roll out their new introductions that we can expect to see in 2019. So, here are some of the top plants that caught my eye on Day 1. Salvia Big Blue A new interspecific hybrid with large flower spikes and a bold blue… Read More →