As I study seed catalogs and place orders for the coming season, I notice the abundance of new varieties and disappearance of some old reliables. This sets off a chain reaction of responses: find a suitable alternative, replace the tag inventory, promote the new choices and convince others to try them. Not always as easy as it sounds. I'm not sure why tomato varieties seem to be exempt from disappearing like everything else we've come to know and love. Blitz impatiens and Boy marigolds are on that disappointing list.
Looking ahead, there are many bright spots in the world of container plants. We've had the opportunity to visit a few demonstration gardens to view first hand their real world performance. One cannot always rely on the words in an advertisement. The hardest part, for us, has been to limit our choices. We not only have to prominently display selections which caught our eye, we must also have enough of the right varieties when demand is at its highest. Look forward to seeing new petunias, verbenas, and several other plants you can grow and admire all season long in 2014! See our list of new varieties and hopefully there will be a picture to stimulate your interest.