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Sawaya Garden Trials

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It is hard to believe that what started out six years ago as a 150-variety vegetative trial now encompasses 2,000 varieties. What is more surprising is that those previously mentioned 150 varieties covered 95 per cent of the vegetative varieties on the market at that time. Now, the 2,000 varieties also represent about 95 per cent of the vegetative varieties on the market, an increase of 1,333 per cent. The increase in consumer demand, and the increase in varieties fuelled the market, resulting in a major increase in sales.

Hey, Each of the attendees should easily come up with a product mix that fits their operation. Since large container and vegetative potted plant sales have increased by about 1,000 per cent over the past five years, while at the same time bedding plant flats decreased by more than 25 per cent. With the increase in the large containers that have new vegetative material and good variety performers -

With a 2000-plus plant trial, the different flower colours, leaf shapes, textures and plant habits, will give anybody at the trials an overview of the number and  use-ability of garden plants.

Each of the attendees should easily come up with,

    ----- a product mix that fits their operation!


Fernleaf Peony

With many of our possessions, cars, jewellery, furniture, and even plants, there is often an expensive model, and an inexpensive, more generic alternative. For example, diamonds and cubic zirconium look quite similar, but there is a big difference in quality and price. Factors, such as rarity or uniqueness, the difficulty of even obtaining an item, and/or the amount of labour required to produce an item, can determine the value.

Sometimes, it is just a brand name that adds extra value. My unique beast, a fernleaf peony, is like a rare gem, or a vintage car, that holds its value for years.

Fernleaf Peony, (Peonia tenuifolia), is more expensive than most peony species or varieties because it is more difficult to propagate and often not sold in many garden centres.

Fernleaf peonies are quite different from the normal garden peonies. As its common name implies, their foliage is delicate and feathery while other peonies have large, solid leaves. It is also much shorter, growing only (38.1 to 50.8 cm) (15 to 20 inches) tall. Fernleaf peonies bloom about a week or so earlier in the garden in only one color - dark red.

The flowers are single except for 'Plena' ('Flore Plena', 'Rubra Plena') (the one we handle), which has double flowers.

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Since they are somewhat rare, they may seem like exotic plants, however, fernleaf peonies do not require a lot of additional attention and are quite easy to grow. They are hardy in  zones 2 to 4, and, like all peonies, require a well-drained location that receives at least six hours of sun a day.

Fernleaf peonies can be planted in early summer or early fall. When planting any peonie, it is very important to have the top of the roots only 1.5 to 2 inches beneath the soil surface. They may not bloom when planted overly deep.
    ------ Oh yes, and plant the crown pointing up.


Hosta Curly Fries

The American Hosta Grower's Association's 2016, Hosta of the Year, is—Curly Fries.

This Curly Fries Hosta has extremely rippled, narrow chartreuse leaves with red speckled petioles when they are mature.

This hosta is small, forming clumps that grow to 15.24cm (6.0 in.) high and 40.64cm (16 in.) across. It shows the best foliage coloration,when it's grown in locations, with morning sunlight.

        ---- What I like, is this Beast is hardy to Zone 3!


Pot 'N Patio Aster

Scientific Name: Callistephus chinesis
Common Name: Daisy
Hardiness Degree: 32°F (0.0°C)
Blooming Season: Early Spring
Habit: Mounded
Characteristics: Low Maintenance, Frost Tolerant
Water: Light to Medium
Spread: 6 - 8" (15 - 20cm)
Height: 6" (15cm)
Width: 6" (15cm)
Exposure: Full Sun

Compact and tidy, covered with flowers, very early to bloom.


Fiesta Bonita

Fiesta Bonita Impatiens

Impatiens: Walleriana Double

Hardiness: 32°F (0.0°C)
Blooms:  Spring, Summer
Habit: Mounded
Water: Heavy
Fertilize: Every two weeks
Spacing: 10 - 12" (25 - 30cm)
Height: 10 - 16" (25 - 41cm)
Width: 10 - 12" (25 - 30cm)
Exposure: Shade

An abundance of rose like blooms. Fiesta impatiens provide vivid color and are easy to grow! There is no need to remove faded flowers or prune!


Lollipop Impatiens 

Image result for lollipop impatiensIn 2015, Benary introduced Lollipop Impatiens. Our clients might consider trying a new impatiens series a risk. What happened was since, breeding and seed technology are constantly improving. Benary knew that this series would be successful because it’s the most state-of-the-art Impatiens walleriana on the market.
Are we at risk by trying Lollipop?

The easy answer is no. Since my research says they aren’t a risk!

  • Thanks to Metrolina’s latest Home Garden Panel consumer research (April 2015), we know 28% of consumers bought impatiens in 2015. Impatiens are still one of the top 5 most purchased annuals in the study. Why? Because consumers love the color and range and number of colors of flowrs  that only Impatiens walleriana can provide.

They also have well-presented flowers that don’t stretch, for the best possible presentation at retail.

    --- And in your garden!