Touring the California Spring Trials (Part 2)

April 13, 2016
Written by Brad McMillan, JVK
April 13, 2016 – This is my second set of California Spring Trials varieties that have caught my eye so far this week. There are a number of amazing new introductions this year.

• Greenfuse Botanicals has added a new colour pattern to the top-selling Blanket Series of spreading petunias. ‘Purple Star’ was our team's favourite, hands down. Its deep-purple colour with white star pattern really catches the eye. Being a Blanket, this is a vigorous grower that really trails heavily or spreads.

• PanAm Seed has come up with a completely new form of celosia that has a striking, dramatic look – appropriately named Dracula. A single, deep-red giant flow‎er sits atop dark green and red foliage. It grows to 8-16" in height and has an 8-12" in spread, possibly somewhat smaller in extended high-light environments.

‎• Westhoff has added a unique, striking new Frisky Purple to the already large Crazytunia Collection of petunias. This is another upright, mounding variety, and is new for 2017.

Brad McMillan is the territory manager of North, Central and Eastern‎ Ontario‎ for JVK, one of Canada’s leading suppliers to the horticulture industry. JVK is based in St. Catharines, Ontario, but provides sales, customer care‎, and logistics services across all of Canada. The corporate website and webstore is at

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