2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour recap – Part 1

See the “Best of the Best” varieties from the 12th Annual Michigan Garden Plant Tour. The young plant producers share the top five plants that visitors rated as the best.

January 11, 2016 - Author: Tom Dudek, Michigan State University Extension

For the 12th consecutive year, Michigan State University Extension collaborated with five leading Michigan-based young plant producers to host the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour. This two-week open house took place July 27 through Aug. 7, 2015, and educated greenhouse growers, retail garden centers and industry professionals learned about new and existing plant selections and how they perform in different settings across the state.

Over 2,100 visits occurred at the five commercial sites plus the MSU Trial Gardens throughout the two weeks. During a presentation at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in Dec. 2015, I shared the top five plants from the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour, which are now listed below and are available as a PDF. The host sites were C. Raker and Sons, Four Star Greenhouse, Inc., Mast Young Plants, Pell Greenhouses Inc. and Walters Gardens, Inc. Specific questions about these plants and their availability for 2016 should be directed to the appropriate young plant producer or your broker sales representative.

C. Raker & Sons, Inc.

  • Begonia ‘Non-Stop Red’
  • Celosia ‘Fresh Look Red’
  • Petunia ‘Night Sky’
  • Petchoa ‘Supercal Exp. Yellow with Dark Eye’
  • Dahlia ‘Dahlegra A128 Red/Yellow’

Four Star Greenhouse, Inc.

  • Dahlia ‘Dehlightful-Sultry Scarlet and Mystic Illusion’
  • Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Holy Moly’
  • Solenostemon (Coleus) ‘Color Blaze-Apple Brandy’
  • Petunia ‘Supertunia-Honey’
  • Verbena bonariensis ‘Meteor Shower’

Mast Young Plants

  • Bidens ‘Bedance Painted Red’
  • Celosia ‘Intenz Classic’
  • Petunia ‘Night Sky’
  • Petchoa ‘Supercal Light Yellow’
  • Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Marvel’

Pell Greenhouse, Inc.

  • Salvia ‘Grandstand’
  • Petunia ‘QT’
  • Cordyline ‘Electric Flash’
  • Scaevola ‘Scampi Pink’
  • Perovskia ‘Caspian Blue’

Walters Gardens Inc.

  • Allium ‘Millenium’
  • Agastache ‘Rosie Posie’
  • Heuchera ‘Fire Alarm’
  • Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’
  • Leucanthemum s. ‘Whoops-a-Daisy’

Download the list of each company’s top five plants for the 2015 Michigan Garden Plant Tour.

In Part 2 of this series, I share the results of the “Best of the Best” from the 2015 MSU Trial Gardens.

The 2016 Michigan Garden Plant Tour will be July 25 through Aug. 6, 2016. Visit the trial sites during that period to determine which plants you think are the best!

Tags: agriculture, floriculture, home gardening, landscaping, lawn & garden, msu extension

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