Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’

Unique pinwheel blooms, a compact tight habit, exceptionally long flowering period from early spring through fall and blazing, warm burnt orange tones are highlights of the new Gaillardia ‘Fanfare Blaze’ from PlantHaven, Santa Barbara, Calif. Hardy to Zone 5, ‘Fanfare Blaze’ is a real sun lover and is drought tolerant once established. It has unsurpassed performance in containers, beds and borders.

For more information: www.planthaven.com/gailfanfblaze2.html

Crocosmia – and more

Terra Nova Nurseries, Canby, Ore., introduces a new series – Crocosmia Twilight Fairy. The new series consists of two new plants to date, boasting bronze-colored foliage and hot-colored flowers on short, well-branched spikes. These new compact plants come in two beautiful and vibrant colors, crimson red (Crimson) and bright yellow-orange (Gold).

For more information: www.terranovanurseries.com

Weed wiper

Smucker Manufacturing Inc., Harrisburg, Ore., has introduced the Precision Red Weeder TD, a unique weed wiper that puts herbicide or organic vinegar directly on the weeds you want to kill. The patented wicking system helps apply herbicide directly to the base of the weed, eliminating spray drift and the need to hoe.

For more information: www.redweeder.com

Dahlia

Dahlia Mystic Wonder (‘Velvet’) is the latest addition to the Mystic Series offered by PlantHaven, Santa Barbara, Calif., and bred by Keith Hammett of Auckland, New Zealand. The vibrant, single, deep red velvet-like flowers of Mystic Wonder contrast beautifully with the deep purplish mahogany foliage of these bold tender perennials. The plants are upright and long-stemmed but don’t require staking. They are strong, hardy plants with a profusion of blooms. The colorful flowers appear continuously and are attractive to bees and butterflies.

For more information: www.planthaven.com

Adorn registered in NY

Valent Professional Products, Walnut Creek, Calif., has announced that Adorn® fungicide has been registered by the U.S. EPA for control of downy mildew, Phytophthora, Pythium and other diseases in New York for greenhouse and nursery ornamental production. “Adorn is the only chemistry in its class, so there are no resistance issues and no cross-resistance issues,” says Dr. Jill Calabro, regional field development manager and plant pathologist for Valent Professional Products. “That provides a huge benefit for New York growers who find themselves in need of additional options in the fight against disease and in resistance management.”

For more information: www.valent.com/adorn