Ernst Benary of America

Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’
Here is the introduction you ASCFG members asked for! ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ is the 13th color in this outstanding cut flower series of Zinnias, which was awarded the first ASCFG Cut Flower of the Year for plant quality and yield. Characterized by long, thick stems and a well-branched habit, the ‘Benary’s Giant’ Zinnias have large 4-5”/10-12 cm fully doubled flowers. The new ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ has slightly smaller flowers and is shorter than other colors in the series. ‘Lime’s’ unique fashionable color “chartreuse” makes a nice addition to fresh bouquets. Height: 40-50”/100-125 cm.

Zinnia elegans ‘Oklahoma’  
With the addition of three new colors, the ‘Oklahoma’ series now contains eight attractive colors. With smaller 1.25-1.5” /3-4 cm, double flowers, this cut zinnia adds a delicate look to the garden and mixed flower bouquets. At 30-40”/ 75-100 cm, ‘Oklahoma’ makes an airy background plant in garden plantings as well. Those same long strong stems make ‘Oklahoma’ a great cut flower.

Melinis (Rhynchelytrumnerviglumis ‘Savannah’
This showy ornamental grass forms tight clumps of soft, blue-green foliage that grows 10”/25 cm tall and wide. In June, ruby-pink blooms of this cool-growing ruby grass emerge and rise 18”/45 cm above the foliage on vertical spikes. During summer ‘Savannah’s’ flowers mature to creamy white. In the fall, the attractive foliage changes its color, blushing into purple-red with showy flowers, which persist into winter. ‘Savannah’ is an excellent flowering accent in perennial borders or containers and stunning in fresh or dried arrangements. Foliage color: blue-green. Height: 18”/45 cm.

Callistephus chinensis (Aster) ‘Standy Carmine & White’
This new color, ‘Standy Carmine & White’ enhances the ‘Standy’ range to 9 attractive colors. From August to September, their cushion flowers, with a highly double white center of tubular petals surrounded by a dense circle of carmine rose, well-shaped ray petals, shine very brightly. The most wilt tolerant cut aster series on the market with tolerance against Fusarium and Verticillium. Height:  30”/75 cm.

Lobelia speciosa ‘Fan Blue’
FastraX-Perennial Fleuroselect Quality Mark. A little taller than other ‘Fan’ Lobelias, this new addition to the series has numerous, unique blue, dense flower spikes that awarded her an international award. Like ‘Fan Burgundy’ the leaves remain deep green during the summer. “Fan Blue’ is best used in full sun to partial shade. This FastraX perennial requires no vernalization to flower and can be grown as an annual in any area.  As all lobelias, place stems immediately after harvest in hydration solution to avoid wilting. USDA Hardiness:  6-10 AHS  Heat Zone: 9-2  Exposure: Partial to full sun  Foliage Color: Deep green  Height: 28”/70 cm


‘Opus III/IV ‘Snapdragon
‘Opus Bronze’ is the newest addition to the ‘Opus III/IV’series. This is a bold bronze-orange color that is sure to brighten up and add attitude to your bouquets. ‘Opus Pink’, a strong saturated pink, has been improved for increased stem length and better bloom response throughout the summer season. 

“Twinkle” Lisianthus
‘Twinkle Blue Blush’ is an eye-catching bloom that appears as if an artist has brushed each petal with a band of blue from its center to the petals’ edge. ‘Twinkle Blue Blush’ is sure to add excitement to your lisianthus offerings. ‘Twinkle Pink’ completes the basic color palette in this series which features large single blooms on top of thick, straight and noticeably strong stems.

‘Cinderella’ Lisianthus
The wait is over with the addition of ‘Cinderella Blue’ to this elegant series characterized by fully double blooms. The abundant petals of this flower could very well create a resplendent gown worthy of a Royal Ball. Growers are raving about the high quality of ‘Cinderella’s’ strong, thick stems and frilly flowers. Bred for small lower leaves; disease pressure is reduced due to improved airflow through the beds. Minimal spurring and single straight stems allow for easy harvest.

‘Camelot’ Digitalis
Digitalis leaps into the 21st century with the introduction of ‘Camelot’. The first F1 hybrid digitalis series on the market, ‘Camelot’ is now superior in performance from seed quality to overall appearance and strength,. This hybrid’s basal branching habit produces an initial spike that will obtain 3.5 – 4 feet in height. Secondary spikes will provide numerous high quality strong stems. ‘Camelot’ has large tubular florets highlighted with speckled throats. Enjoy the benefits of hybrid vigor with high germination, uniform growth and flowering. Depend on ‘Camelot’ for reliable first-year flowering followed by a heavy second-year bloom.  Available in four separate colors – Cream, Lavender, Rose, White and a Mixture.

Harris Seeds

Ageratum ‘Red Sea’
Cut flower growers will enjoy a cut ageratum available in a shade other than blue. Burgundy-red blooms present an unusual flower color, and the 2-1/2 ft. branching habit makes ‘Red Sea’ suitable for cut flower use.

Aster ‘Standy’ series
Standy should be considered in any cut flower aster program due to a very high tolerance to Fusarium and Verticillium wilt. Highly attractive, medium size (3-4″) cushion type flowers are produced on very erect, 30″ plants, thus ensuring an excellent yield of high quality cut stems. Available in separate colors of Lt. Blue, Lt. Pink, Pink, Red, Salmon Pink, Creamy White, plus a formula mixture.

Delphinium ‘Guardian Mix’
As a hybrid, this new delphinium matures more than a month earlier from transplant compared to the standard OP delphiniums currently used, and at a more uniform rate, thus making the crop more programmable. The 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 ft. spikes are produced on thin, wiry stems, making them particularly suitable for cutting and use in florist work. Mixture consists of an even blend of blue, lavender and white.

Dianthus Amazon series
A splendid series for cut flower growers, the Amazon varieties produce large, bright flower heads that contrast nicely with the dark green, glossy foliage. Reaching an outdoor height of 18-24 inches, plants flower without vernalization and can be considered a tender perennial in Zones 5 and higher. Series includes ‘Cherry’ (bright neon cherry), ‘Purple’ (Violet-purple), and ‘Rose Magic’ (blooms white, aging to pink, then rose and finally deep rose, all on each flower head.), plus ‘Neon Duo’ (mixture of Amazon ‘Cherry’ and ‘Purple’) which was introduced last year.

Larkspur Sublime Series Filmcoated Seed
Although not a new larkspur series, this Imperial Giants type is now available in filmcoated seed. The seed is graded and coated, enabling growers to precision sow, thus assuring better germination and more uniform seedling emergence. Also, the filmcoat helps to protect the seed against soil diseases during emergence and allows for healthier, stronger plant growth from the seedling stage onwards. The coat is dust free and colored green for easier sowing and better visibility. Available in separate colors of Azure Blue, Dark Blue, Carmine, Blue Bicolor, Dark Pink, Lilac, Lt. Pink, White, and a formula mix.

Sunflower ‘Chianti’
A pollenless hybrid sunflower, ‘Chianti’ features nice, clean dark red flowers with an attractive dark central disk, and exhibits less shading than other reds. Its branching plant habit reaches 4 ft. producing 3-4 inch flowers. Matures in approx. 55 days.

Sunflower ‘Peach Passion’  
This unique sunflower produces exquisite soft apricot flowers with a yellow-green central disk. The lush, fat petals combined with the apricot color, creates a gentle impression that looks exceptional in both single and mixed bouquets. The branching plants reach four feet, producing 3-4 inch flowers. Matures in approx. 55 days.

Sunflower ‘Pro Cut Orange’
An excellent choice for large scale sunflower production, hybrid ‘Pro Cut Orange’ can be used for both wholesale and retail markets. The single-stemmed plants produce pollenless, 3-4 inch flowers with golden orange petals and a dark brown disk, on 5 ft. plants. Matures in approx. 50 days.


Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ’Summer Nights’
There seems to be no end to the ornamental possibilities in North American prairie species. New seed items like Echinacea ’Rocky Top Hybrids’ and ’Rubinstern’ and countless selections of Black-Eyed Susans and Shasta Daisies seem to be routinely introduced each year. Little has been heard about Heliopsis helianthoides. Long flowering, easily grown and widely adaptable, even in heavy clay soils, Heliopsis has often taken a back seat to its more popular relatives. That may soon change. Dale Hendricks, from North Creek Nurseries, is always on the lookout for distinctive selections and something caught his eye a few years ago. The foliage consisted of red-tinted leaves clasping dark wiry (120 cm/48″) stems. From June – September, a showy orange-red central disk never seen before enhances the yellow blossoms. What a lovely combination.  ’Summer Nights’ is very easily grown from seed, flowers the first year and can be used for borders, naturalizing or even as cut flowers. A small percentage will remain with green foliage and can be eliminated at an early stage. It is time Heliopsis went to the front of the class among North American prairie species. ’Summer Nights’ have never been so good!

Verbascum chaixii ’Sixteen Candles’
Verbascums are well known for their impressive leafy rosettes. ’Sixteen Candles’ has handsome, richly branched candelabras from June – August, consisting of hundreds of bright yellow flowers, each one accentuated by violet-colored filaments in the blossom’s interior. This easy-to-grow architectural plant (100 cm/40″) is well suited for the border and for cottage gardens in combination with ornamental grasses. In fact, re-bloom can be expected if the spent blossoms are removed and it does not self-seed like its biennial relatives. Verbascum (Mullein) was known during the Middle Ages as the Candlewick Plant. The hairy stems of Verbascum could be dipped in oil and used as a torch. In a pinch, ’Sixteen Candles, will do the trick but we hate to see this improved long-lived perennial Verbascum go up in smoke!

Veronica pinnata ’Blue Feathers’
This past year, nothing in Veronicas has excited so many people as the sun-loving ’Blue Feathers’. Growers who have seen this new Jelitto seed strain on our trial grounds have commented very favorably about the soft-blue flowers. What captures their interest is the lovely combination of the showy blossoms with the magnificent, finely cut, filigreed leaves. There is no other Veronica with such interesting foliage. ’Blue Feathers’ is a great addition to comprehensive list of species and seed strains of this popular perennial. The small softblue, saucer-shaped blossoms surround the long-flowering racemes from May – August. ’Blue Feathers’ is a non-running 30 cm/12″ selection for well-drained soils and forms very neat, full clumps by the second season. This would make an interesting, and graceful, cut flower. Re-blooming is possible if the stems are removed. Why not tickle somebody’s fancy with a graceful bouquet of ’Blue Feathers’?

Echinacea purpurea ’Doubledecker’
Many years ago, German Eugen Schleipfer found a single plant that looked very different than others. He had never seen a two-tier Purple Coneflower before. Schleipfer saw potential here, where others might have seen nothing but an oddity. For over two decades, he selected, and re-selected, the best of the double-decker plants. Schleipfer eventually produced a reliable seed strain with a set of shorter petals that looked like birds frolicking in a birdbath emerging from the top of the cone. A skirt of slightly longer deep rose-pink petals emerged from the base of the cone. Indeed, the flowers of Echinacea purpurea ’Doubledecker’ are very unusual – even Dr. Seuss would be proud! During the first growing season ordinary single (12 cm/5″) flowers sometimes occur. By year two, a very high percentage of reliable “twins” are produced from July – September on sturdy (100 cm/40″) stems. Some of the flowers may even be, on rare occasion – fully double.  Other names exist for similar seed strains, but ’Doubledecker’, ’Indiaca’ and ’Indianer’ resulted directly from Eugen Schleipfer’s work. Plant aficionados and novice gardeners alike will do a double take, and then do double-time to the local nursery for the delightful ’Doubledecker’!

Johnny’s Selected  Seeds

‘Pro Cut Bicolor’
‘Pro Cut Bicolor’ is a tall, strong and stunning sunflower. This early bloomer is a single-stem sunflower. The early bloom time gives it a superior edge on the competition.

‘Pro Cut Lemon’
‘Pro Cut Lemon’ sunflower is a rich, buttery yellow, pollenless, single-stem sunflower. The early bloom time gives it a superior edge on the competition.

‘Pro Cut Orange’
‘Pro Cut Orange’ is a lovely golden sunflower that blooms earlier than other oranges on the market.

‘Costa Mix’
‘Costa Mix’ snapdragon is a Johnny’s exclusive variety. These beautiful full snapdragons produce 6-10 main stems with shorter side shoots totaling 20-25 stems per plant. Suitable to plant in early spring, fall and winter.  Spectacular colors!

‘Echo Light Blue’ and ‘Echo Champagne’
These lisianthus offer exceptional, rose-like beauty and incredible vase life. Growing lisianthus can require patience and attention to temperature and water control, but the results are big profits. Pelleted seeds.

Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
This polygonum offers gorgeous, heart-shaped leaves and long drooping spikes of rosy blooms. The flowers are awe inspiring in cut flower arrangements.

‘Cramers’ Burgundy’, ‘Cramers’ Lemon Lime’ and ‘Cramers’ Rose’
These celosias are wonderful new color additions to our popular Cramers’ series. These crested-type flowers bloom prolifically on well-branched plants. The velvety texture and  interesting shape add excitement and intrigue to flower arrangements.

Germania Seed Company

Sunflower ‘Mini Sun’
A great item for high density, fast crop growing conditions. A single stem, pollenless variety suited best for bouquet type work. Golden yellow with medium dark center, stems range from 24-36 inches. There is a minimal amount of leaves and a relatively long vase life of 7-10 days. This variety can be grown on 3-inch  centers for high density plantings and will finish in 6 weeks from sowing. Great for an early Spring crop, plants will produce 2-3 inch heads with tight spacing and up to 4 inches with larger spacing. Whether you are planting them close or getting 100 stems in a bucket, increase your price per square foot with ‘Mini Sun’.

Dahlia ‘Karma Ventura’ (Yellow)
A new addition to the Karma dahlia family. A more stable yellow, classified as a decorative type at 40-inch height. This series is known for its incredibly strong stems, iridescent colors and upright facing blooms of 4-5 inches in diameter. Plants are highly productive with strong, uniform stems and have a long flowering period. Karma dahlias can be grown in the outdoors, in unheated or heated greenhouse. Expect 6-8 stems per square foot outdoors, 10-13 stems per square foot from an unheated greenhouse, 12-15 stems per square foot from a heated greenhouse. Flowering begins 10-13 weeks after planting.

Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Prairie Sunset’
Perfect for mixed bouquets. Definitely something different. Bright-yellow flowers with a mahogany red center! Unique purple stems display purple veined, deep green foliage. A taller variety, ranging in height from 72-80 inches, is hardy from zones 4-8. Bloom time is mid-Summer, use is both fresh and dried, suitable for most soil conditions, and can be grown in full sun or part shade.

American Takii

Cut Flower Kale F1 ‘Rose Crane’
Also new for Takii’s cut flower assortment for 2004-2005 is the cut flower kale variety F1 ‘Rose Crane’. Joining the existing F1 ‘White Crane’, and F1 ‘Red Crane’, Rose adds another color to this uniform and unique series of cut flower. Long lasting, and attention getting in any arrangement, the ‘Crane’ kales can also be utilized in the garden as a cool season accent plant. Tight, colorful heads look like immense roses, making a visual statement wherever used. Cranes are becoming increasingly popular for use in bridal bouquets!

Larkspur ‘Chorus  Violet’
A Fleuroselect Quality award winner for 2004. The first color in a unique, new series of spray-type larkspur, ‘Chorus Violet’ is being introduced for 2004-2005. Instead of the typical columnar flower form, ‘Chorus’ produces blooms in sprays on many-branched stems, providing a much more open, less formal look so popular in bouquets and arrangements today. Soon to be joined by other colors, ‘Chorus Violet’ is just a taste of great things to come from American Takii, Inc!

Stock, ‘Glory Light Purple’
American Takii, Inc. is adding a new Light Purple to its ‘Glory’ series of cut flower stock for 2004-05, bringing the series to a total of 7 colors.  The ‘Glory’ series of stock is an improvement over our Xmas series, and is an extra early series that is selectable for doubleness. Uniform blooms are produced on straight, sturdy stems and finish at a height of 26 to 36 inches.

Sherman Nursery

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Varieties ‘Pink Delight’ Zone 5-9.
Fragrant, vigorous, multi-stemmed shrubs that offer a wide range of flower color- white, pink, lavender, purple and blue. Buddleia flowers on new growth and should be pruned to the ground in spring. Excellent for fresh (2-3 days) and dried arrangements.

Forsythia Varieties ‘Meadowlark’ Zone 3-8.
Hardy shrub that will flower on one-year old wood. Commonly used for forcing early spring for fresh arrangements. Should be pruned shortly after flowering to ensure increased flowers for the following season, as buds are formed late spring for the next flowering cycle.

Spirea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ (PP9363) Zone 3-8.
An excellent shrub that can be used in fresh arrangements (3-5 days) for its vibrant red spring foliage, deep pink summer flowers and rich russet fall foliage.

Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ Royal Purple Smokebush Zone 5-8.
An upright, spreading multi-stemmed shrub that will add beautiful contrast to cut flower arrangements with its rich maroon-red spring foliage that darkens to purple-black. Flower clusters form on new growth in spring.


Antirrhinum Cool Series
The best, most uniform Winter-flowering snapdragon (Group 1 to early/mid 2) available, the Cool series is uniform across the series and within each color for timing, height, and spike and stem quality. The long, tapered, “non-gappy” spikes have lots of flowers. The grower-friendly series can be produced under cool conditions for energy savings. Colors include bronze, coral, pink, rose, salmon, white and yellow.

Delphinium Guardian Series
Up to 6 weeks faster from transplant to bloom than O.P. types. A breeding breakthrough, with very uniform blooming within each variety, especially under short days. The multi-use Guardian series works as a tall landscape/bedding variety, as a commercial cut flower and in potted plant programs. It partners well for production and sales with ‘Solstice’ snapdragons and ‘Dynasty’ double dianthus. USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7. Colors include blue, early blue, lavender and white.

Dianthus Amazon Series
This versatile dianthus does triple duty – ‘Amazon Neon Duo’ is an exceptional bedding plant, makes an excellent commercial and home garden cut flower, and performs as a tender perennial to USDA Hardiness Zone 5 (-30 C). No vernalization is required for plants to flower. The bright, serrated-edge flowers are equally divided between two rich colors – neon cherry on about one-half the plants, rich purple on the remainder. Very dark green, glossy leaves are the perfect backdrop to the intense flowers. The result is a vibrant show sure to turn heads. In garden beds, ‘Amazon Neon Duo’ grows to about 18 to 24 in. (45 to 60 cm) tall; as a winter greenhouse-grown crop, plant height ranges from 18 to 36 in. (45 to 90 cm). ‘Neon Cherry’, Neon Purple’ and ‘Rose Magic’ are available.

Eustoma Laguna Series (Summer-Flowering), Single-Flowered
Bred for growing and flowering under the high-heat/high-light levels of summer, ‘Laguna’ rosettes less than comparable varieties. A very long-stemmed lisianthus, single-flowered ‘Laguna’ has outstanding stem caliper and strength. Plugs finish 1 to 2 weeks faster than the competition. Finished stem height is 40 to 45 in. (100 to 115 cm). Allow 13 weeks from transplant to harvest. Ask for ‘Blue Rim’ and ‘Peach’.

Eustoma Malibu Series (Spring & Autumn-Flowering), Single-Flowered
The perfect, well-rounded series for spring and autumn production, ‘Malibu’ has outstanding seedling vigor, spray characteristics, stem strength and stem caliper. Flower production is typically 1 to 2 weeks faster than comparable varieties, and plants rosette less. ‘Malibu’ can be also be produced successfully during Winter using HID lights. Finished stem height is 33 to 43 in. (85 to 110 cm). Allow 13 weeks from transplant to flower.  Colors include green and peach.

Eustoma Balboa Series (Spring & Autumn-Flowering), Double-Flowered
‘Balboa’ stands out on several counts versus other spring and autumn-flowering lisianthus: considerably less rosetting, faster plug/young plant finishes and excellent petal count. Finished stem height is 40 to 45 in. (100 to 115 cm). Allow 13 weeks from transplant to harvest. Cultivars are ‘Blue Improved’, ‘Blue Blush Improved’ and ‘Rose’.

‘Magic Single’ has tall stems that are stiffer and more upright for easier harvest. Can be used as a perennial bedding plant to USDA Hardiness Zone 4. Flower is a yellow disk surrounded by a double row of white ray petals. ‘Vegmo’ matricarias are an excellent choice for the cut flower grower looking for a fast crop year-round. Plants are long-day flowering and will bloom about 8 to 10 weeks from transplant. Small, sprightly flowers are held above lacy, fragrant foliage. They are ideal as fillers in bouquets and have a good vase life. Production under full sun will result in shorter stem length compared to production under shade. Seed is sold as pelleted only, supplied with a minimum germination standard of 80%. ‘Lime Green’s’ popular new green color is unique to matricaria. ‘Snowball Extra’s’ white, dome-shaped flowers contrast well with dark foliage.

Matthiola Aida Series
Under northern European conditions, selectable Aida series should be transplanted in March/April for flowering in May/June. ‘Deep Rose’, large flowers, densely packed spikes. ‘White Extra’, better spike quality; flowers 5 to 6 days earlier and 2 in. (5 cm) taller than original Aida. ‘White Improved’ More vigorous, larger spike; flowers 5 to 6 days earlier and 2 to 4 in. (5 to 10 cm) taller than original Aida. See also Carmen and Figaro.

Lake Louise Series, Summer-flowering. Summer-flowering (Group 4) series has the greatest tolerance for high heat and light of the Lake Collection. Long-day flowering plants have a large central umbel surrounded by smaller side umbels. ‘Lake Louise Blue’, same flower color as Lake Forest Blue and Lake Michigan Blue. ‘Lake Louise Purple’, flower color similar to Lake Michigan Purple. ‘ Lake Louise White’, pure white flowers top medium green foliage. Lake Michigan Series, Transitional Group, 3-flowering series of the Lake Collection. ‘Lake Michigan Blue’, same flower color as ‘Lake Forest Blue’ and ‘Lake Louise Blue’. ‘Lake Michigan Purple’, strong, dark purple flower color with dark green foliage and stems. Similar flower colour to ‘Lake Louise Purple’.  ‘Lake Michigan Violet’, unique new flower color – deep violet – with dark reddish foliage and stems. ‘Lake Michigan White, pure white; the earliest-flowering white trachelium. Recommended for late winter into spring flowering. ‘Lake Michigan Wine Red’, dark burgundy red flowers and dark reddish foliage. Best red cut flower trachelium variety available.