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and ornamental grasses. This series expanded with three new               Its heat and drought tolerance make it a perfect partner to
colors for 2018 (Appleblossom, Pink and Violet) and one upgrade           ornamental grasses or millet, rudbeckia, Salvia farinacea, pentas
(Red Improved).                                                           and/or lantana.

Falling Star offers a semi-trailing habit, unique among pentas.           Multi-liners beyond the baskets
This series spans five colors, of which Hot Pink and Red are new          With the introduction of multi-liner programs like Kwik Kombos
introductions. Falling Star is an obvious choice for baskets, or pair it  and Confetti Gardens, breeding companies have taken much of
with vegetative geraniums such as Calliope Medium or Americana            the heavy lifting out of creating gorgeous combo baskets. These
to create beautiful premium combos.                                       pre-fab designs perform well for consumers, with components that
                                                                          simply play nicely together. But why stop with baskets?
Scene stealers
One of the most interesting seed introductions this year is               Consider Kwik Kombos or Confetti Gardens mixes as spillers or
Obsession Cascade verbena—a seed verbena with a trailing                  fillers in your premium combination planters. With 47 Kwik Kombos
habit! Obsession Cascade comes in five colors, including a Twister        and 100 Confetti Gardens to choose from, the possibilities are
Violet previously available only from cuttings. Choose this new           practically endless. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
series for monoculture hanging baskets or take a look at three
new Seedsations combos using Obsession Cascade. Whether                   Calliope geraniums are showstoppers by themselves; take them
you need an economy basket program or a premium combo, new                to the next level in 12- to 14-inch patio containers. Try Calliope
Obsession Cascade fits the bill.                                          Large Magenta with Kwik Kombos Bombay Summer Sparkler
                                                                          Mix. Pair Calliope Medium Deep Rose with Kwik Kombos
On the subject of, “Is it seed or is it vegetative?” two new seed         Summer Romance Mix for a striking summer season extender.
products have taken the spotlight off their vegetative counterparts.      Syngenta Flowers has unveiled four new Kwik Kombos for the 2018
Purple Prince is a compact alternanthera from seed! Its foliage           season; be sure to check them out, too.
is a beautiful deep purple in full sun. Purple Prince is stunning in
beds or as a mixed combo component where it makes a beautiful             Confetti Gardens Safari mixes are new for 2018; each of these six
backdrop for bright coral, salmon or pink SunPatiens. Add blue            combos feature the all-new Great Falls trailing coleus. Consider
salvia to pull it all together.                                           their coupling potential with CannaSol cannas in 14- to 16-inch
                                                                          containers! Use Safari Sahara with CannaSol Cleo, or combine
Kirigami ornamental oregano is a stunning accent plant! It adds           Safari Outback with CannaSol Emily for compelling looks on the
color and texture to low-maintenance combination planters.                patio or in the home garden.

  Sunfinity Yellow with Dark Center                                       Bigger can be better
  helianthus from Syngenta Flowers                                        Heaps of sunflowers are irresistible to home gardeners. Their
                                                                          sunny yellow color instantly turns heads and induces smiles. New
                                                                          Sunfinity helianthus is an everblooming sunflower that will provide
                                                                          color all season long. Plant three plugs in a 10-inch pot for a “drop
                                                                          in” plant that will perform beautifully in a garden bed or a large patio
                                                                          container. Or finish in 14- to 16-inch patio planters for gotta-have-it
                                                                          impulse sales. Large blooming pots of Sunfinity sunflowers will fly
                                                                          out the door into June and early July!

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                                                                          Trio Confetti
                                                                          Sahara Safari from
                                                                          Dümmen Orange

Kirigami ornamental oregano
from PanAmerican Seed
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