It isn't often when a new development becomes a game changer such as when Wave petunias were introduced in the mid 90s. Since then, we've seen the introduction of hundreds of seed and vegetative varieties. Not all live up to their hype. For those unfamiliar with the term, vegetative means they can only be grown from cuttings, usually requiring a royalty to be paid to the holder of the patent. Why bother? It is much easier to produce plants with the same desirable characteristics of the parent through vegetative means than by growing its seed. Wave petunias are grown from seed. So the question is: "Is there a game changer for 2015?"
For those of us who have had a chance to check out what's new, 2015 is not a disappointment. From improvements on old varieties to new colors to varieties now available from seed previously only available as cuttings, this year will prove to make plant shopping a difficult one. Sometimes it isn't the new stuff that impresses us as much as our discovery of how to utilize that which has been around for awhile. One such example is Dragon Wing begonia. It doesn't look like much in early summer when it is still growing, but give it a little space in a bright spot with a little shade, and it will perform magnificently until frost. If something new and different is your desire, then look at Osteospermum Blue Eyed Beauty, Petunia Flash Mob Bluerific or Flash Mob Redtastic, Stachys Lilac Falls, or Calynopsis Yellow w/Red. Make this year your own little scavenger hunt.