Whether it’s a consumer looking to add some color to their yard or a contractor looking to spruce up a client’s landscape, there will always be demand for bedding plants. Here are a few of the newest bedding plant varieties available in the market.
Florific New Guinea Impatiens
With crop times of 12 to 14 weeks, this new series of New Guinea impatiens is more uniform to finish than other seed varieties. Available in Lavender, Red, Violet and White, Florific is ideal for high-density production and offers a long life in the landscape. Florific can be produced in jumbo packs and 4-inch pots.
For more: Syngenta Flowers, syngentaflowersinc.com
Always Azaleas Hot Pink Betty
Hot Pink Betty blooms bright fuschia pink flowers in the spring, summer and fall. A dwarf-sized azalea, it grows between 2 and 3 feet in height and width. Hardy to Zones 6a and 6b with protection, it should receive four to six hours of morning sun every day. Hot Pink Betty attracts butterflies and is versatile in use for the consumer.
For more: HGTV HOME Plant Collection, hgtvhomeplants.com
Begonia Cocoa Puff Pink
Expect a “puff of pink” with this begonia. With cocoa brown leaves that feature emerald veins, it has an upright habit and grows 14 inches tall and 12 inches wide. Flowering all year long, it is fairly sun tolerant and is hardy to Zones 10 and 11. It has a fast growth rate and can finish in four to six weeks for 4-inch pots.
For more: Terra Nova Nurseries, terranovanurseries.com
Osteospermum White Lighting
This traditional white daisy flower tolerates heat, rain and cold for a three-season shelf life. Similar in habit and performance to Osteospermum Voltage Yellow, it can also grow in any climate. White Lightning is new for 2014.
For more: Burpee Home Gardens, burpeehomegardens.com
Ideal for summer production, the new Enduro series won’t flush out of flower in the heat. This verbena is available in an upgraded purple and two new colors as well. Growing to 8 to 12 inches in height and 18 to 24 inches in spread, Enduro is vigorous in the landscape.
For more: Ball FloraPlant, ballfloraplant.com
Blooming large, domed cerise flower heads, this sedum lasts from summer to fall. It has a compact clump-forming habit, growing to 12 inches in height and spread. Pizzazz can be placed in beds, containers and borders. It can also be used as a cut flower, and its dried flower heads make for winter garden accents. It’s drought tolerant when it’s established and will attract bees and butterflies.
For more: PlantHaven, planthaven.com
Osteospermum Passion Mix (Pink Shades)
Available in a mix of pink, rose, purple and white, these Osteospermums bloom bright colors with jewel-like centers. Genetically dwarfed and naturally free-branching, Passion Mix has good heat and cold tolerance. It’s ideal for early spring window, making it a suitable crop for Easter and Mother’s Day. Passion Mix grows to 10 to 16 inches in height, and 8 to 12 inches in width.
For more: American Takii, takii.com
Festuca Glauca Beyond Blue
This Blue Fescue’s color stays blue without browning later in the season. Beyond Blue has powder blue, threadlike leaves with upright, blue-green flowers on slender stems that age to a straw color. Manageable in size, it can be planted in masses in beds or borders for an ornamental grass display. Growing up to 18 inches in spread and 9 to 12 inches in height, Beyond Blue is for sunny locations.
For more: Skagit Gardens, skagitgardens.com
Photos Provided by Respective Companies