Monday, January 28, 2008

This week in varieties: Light-O-Day and darling Darla

This is the beginning of my favorite time of year. We’re getting the details on some of the new varieites for 2008, and I’m sure you’re starting to see availabilities e-mails from breeders. Here are a few cool ones I’ve seen lately.

Light-O-Day hydrangea: A lacecap hydrangea with white variegation by Bailey Nurseries, Light-O-Day (left) is hardy to Zone 5.

ForemostCo has started full production of tissue culture liners of the Exotic Plant bromeliad program at its in Winter Garden, Fla., facility. Here’s a picture of the program’s guzmania Animosa.

Garden Design magazine’s annual “Way Hot” cover story in the March 2008 issue will feature Ball Horticultural Company’s Blazin’ Lime iresine (left), Radiance rudbeckia, Limon talinum, and catalpa ‘Purpurea.’

Syngenta Flowers is featuring its Darla diascias (right), which feature a mounding to semi-trailing growth habit. Six-inch pots finish in eight to nine weeks.

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