New plant competition is at the core of one of the largest green industry shows in North America each July. Cultivate ‘17 was busy as ever and full of amazing new variety releases from the top brands and programs each vying for attention from industry eyes.
Among dozens of new varieties displayed in the showcase at Cultivate this year, sixteen Retailer’s Choice Awards were handed out to those that made the grade. We’re honored and proud that our Lavalamp™ Series of Hydrangeas were some of the chosen few.
Three unique, new and improved Hydrangea paniculatas comprise the Lavalamp™ Series. Candelabra™, Flare™, and Moonrock™ offer unique colors as well as tidy, compact forms to better suit modern outdoor spaces.
- Candle-like flowers and form
- 4-6’ tall and wide; very upright
- Brightest red on a dwarf paniculata that we’ve seen
- 2-3’ tall and wide; upright
- Massive, funky blooms with strong lime-green center
- 4-6’ tall and wide; upright
- Winner of People’s Choice Award at Farwest 2016
We look forward to featuring our collection in future showcases and award opportunities. The upcoming Farwest show in Portland is the next venue for judging, where our Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla and Date Night™ Strobe™ Weigela are contenders. Stay tuned, and if you’re going to be at the show, we invite you to stop by booth 8046 to say hi and see the collection in bloom.
Relax, you’ve got this!
Marketing Manager, Bloomin’ Easy
May is such an exciting month for anybody who digs plants. Garden stores launch into the full spring swing, and it becomes very easy to find plants that both speak to you and work well in the space you have.
With so many options to choose from, the best piece of advice is just to find anything that inspires you and go for it. Give it a try! If you’re worried about killing it, know that the garden center staff and plant tag should equip you with all the info you need to succeed. There are also plenty of easy online resources. If you purchase Bloomin’ Easy plants, you can text the code on the tag to sign up for seasonal care tips and reminders.
The important thing about this time of year is that the weather is beautiful, and the plants you decide to grow will likely bring you lots of happiness 🙂
Of the current thirteen plants in our collection, nine of them will offer beautiful blooms in May. Those are:
1. Tilt-A-Swirl™ Hydrangea
2. Bella Bellissima™ Potentilla
3. Bella Sol™ Potentilla
4. Peach Lemonade Rose
5. Poprocks™ Rainbow Fizz™ Spirea
6. Date Night™ Tuxedo™ Weigela
7. Date Night™ Maroon Swoon™ Weigela
8. Date Night™ Crimson Kisses® Weigela
9. Date Night™ Strobe™ Weigela
Another plus to gardening in May is the plants feel less stressed when planted in comfortable temperatures versus scorching mid-summer heat. So, even if the plants aren’t blooming yet, it’s a great time of year to get them in the ground for future beauty.
Coming home after a long day to sit on the patio, relax and enjoy the outdoors is the best part of spring and summer. Make that time even more special by planting some great new friends for your outdoor space. Cheers!
Plant, Water, Relax.
Kevin, from your Bloomin’ Easy Team