2021 Trial Garden Report-final 2.pdf

2021 TRIAL GARDEN R esults & Data

TABLE OF C ontents

1. 2021 MYP Trial Garden Results 2. Top Garden Performers 3. Top Consumer Favorites 4. Best of the Best 5. Other Standout Varieties 6. 2021 Annual Comparison Trial - Angelonia, Celosia, and Lantana 7. Top 2021 Combinations 8. Combination Planters: Thriller, Filler, Spiller, Surprise 9. Garden Trials Advantage: Summer Survivors 10. AAS Trial Area Standouts

Mast Young Plants’ Trial Garden is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 2021 Summer Trials featured more than 1500 varieties, 500+ uniquely handcrafted hanging baskets and planters, 150 new items displayed in either a sun or shade area depending on plant requirement, the All- American Selection Trial Grounds, and our 2021 Feature Trial: every Angelonia, Celosia, and Lantana we could get our hands on including some Proven Winners® comparisons!

Mast Young Plants Trial Garden 3525 Bristol Avenue NW Grand Rapids, Michigan 49544

2021 MYP TRIAL GARDEN R esults

Top Performers New to 2021 Program 1. Helianthus Sol Seeker™ Yellow by Danziger 2. Begonia I’Conia Portofino Scentiment™ Peachy Keen by Dümmen Orange 3. Petunia Durabloom Electric Lilac by Dümmen Orange 4. Helianthus Sunbelieveable™ Brown Eyed Girl by Thompson & Morgan 5. Petunia Sanguna® Banana Candy by Syngenta Flowers 6. Petunia Dekko™ Sorbet by Syngenta Flowers 7. Nemesia Nesia™ Inca by Danziger 8. Calibrachoa Colibri™ Pink Bling by Danziger 9. Calibrachoa Calitastic™ Bordeaux Star by Westflowers 10. Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise by Greenfuse Top Consumer Favorites 1. Helianthus Sol Seeker™ Yellow by Danziger 2. Crespedia Golf™ Beauty Imp by Danziger 3. Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise by Greenfuse 4. Impatiens New Guinea Spectra™ Bright Red by Syngenta Flowers 5. Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Sunset Orange by Sakata Best of the Best Best Drought-Tolerant Annual: Portulaca 24/7™ Yellow by Greenfuse Best Drought-Tolerant Perennial: Artemesia Sun Fern Olympia by Darwin Perennials Best Pollinator-Friendly Annual: Helianthus Sunbelievable™ Brown Eyed Girl by Thompson & Morgan Best Pollinator-Friendly Perennial: Gaura Belleza™ White by Selecta One Best Heat-Tolerant Annual: Petunia Itsy™ White by Syngenta Flowers Best Heat-Tolerant Perennial: Ajuga Feathered Friends TM Tropical Toucan by Chris Hansen Best Overall Performance Annual: Petunia Shortcake™ Blueberry by Syngenta Flowers Best Overall Performance Perennial: Scabiosa Butterfly Blue Other Standout Varieties 1. Coleus Stained Glassworks™ Velvet by Dümmen Orange 2. Petunia Headliner™ Enchanted Sky by Selecta One 3. Sedum Gold Mound by Selecta One 4. Phlox Gisele™ Hot Pink by Selecta One 5. New Guinea Impatiens Sun Harmony™ Violet by Danziger

2021 TOP GARDEN P erformers

Helianthus Sol Seeker™ Yellow by Danziger

Begonia I’Conia Portofino Scentiment™ Peachy Keen by Dümmen Orange

Petunia Durabloom Electric Lilac by Dümmen Orange

Helianthus Sunbelieveable™ Brown Eyed Girl by Thompson & Morgan

Petunia Sanguna® Banana Candy by Syngenta One

Petunia Dekko™ Sorbet by Syngenta One

Nemesia Nesia™ Inca by Danziger

Calibrachoa Colibri™ Pink Bling by Danziger

Calibrachoa Calitastic™ Bordeaux Star by Westflowers

Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise by Greenfuse

2021 TOP CONSUMER Favorites

The people have spoken! Visitors vote for their favorite new varieties and we tally their votes all summer long. Introducing our visitors’ Top 5 new varieties!

Helianthus Sol Seeker™ Yellow by Danziger

Crespedia Golf™ Beauty Imp by Danziger

Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise by Greenfuse

Impatiens New Guinea Spectra™ Bright Red by Syngenta Flowers

Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Sunset Orange by Sakata

Best Drought-Tolerant Annual Portulaca 24/7™ Yellow by Greenfuse 2021 BEST OF THE B est

Best Drought-Tolerant Perennial Artemesia Sun Fern Olympia by Darwin Perennials

Best Pollinator-Friendly Annual Helianthus Sunbelievable™ Brown Eyed Girl by Thompson & Morgan

Best Pollinator-Friendly Perennial Gaura Belleza™ White by Selecta One

Best Heat-Tolerant Annual Petunia Itsy™ White by Syngenta Flowers

Best Heat-Tolerant Perennial Ajuga Feathered Friends TM Tropical Toucan by Chris Hansen

Best Overall Performance Perennial Scabiosa Butterfly Blue

Best Overall Performance Annual Petunia Shortcake™ Blueberry by Syngenta Flowers

OTHER STANDOUT V arieties

Coleus Stained Glassworks™ Velvet by Dümmen Orange

Petunia Headliner™ Enchanted Sky by Selecta One

Sedum Gold Mound by Selecta One

New Guinea Impatiens Sun Harmony™ Violet by Danziger

Phlox Gisele™ Hot Pink by Selecta One

2021 ANNUAL COMPARISON T rial This year, we grew a comparison trial for many varieties of angelonia, celosia and lantana on the market. We chose these genera because of their consumer interest and excellent summer performance. When available, we compared seed varieties to vegetative varieties. Many of the seed varieties appeared and performed similarly to the vegetative ones. Our top 2 picks from each genera in this year’s trial: Angelonia 1. Archangel™ Purple Imp by Ball FloraPlant 2. Adessa™ White by Benary+ Celosia 1. Flamma Golden by Sakata – new experimental seed variety not yet released to market 2. Intenz Classic by Ball Ingenuity Lantana 1. Lucky™ Red by Ball FloraPlant 2. Bandolero™ Pineapple by Syngenta

Angelonia Archangel™ Purple Imp by Ball FloraPlant

Angelonia Adessa™ White by Benary+

Celosia Flamma Golden by Sakata

Celosia Intenz Classic by Ball Ingenuity

Lantana Lucky™ Red by Ball FloraPlant

Lantana Bandolero™ Pineapple by Syngenta Flowers

TOP 2021 C ombinations

Window Box #18 Salvia Splendens Saucy™ Coral by Cultivaris Coleus Main Street™ River Walk by Dümmen Orange Lantana New Gold Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Cinnamon by Sakata

Window Box #9 Lantana Bandana® Landscape Clementine by Syngenta Flowers Alternanthera Little Ruby Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Caramel Yellow by Sakata Verbena Lascar™ Vampire by Selecta One

Standard Deco Pot #261

Grass Pennisetum Setaceum Rubrum Rudbeckia Rising Sun™ Chestnut Gold by Greenfuse Coleus Main Street™ Wall Street by Dümmen Orange Alternanthera Little Ruby Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Caramel Yellow by Sakata Bidens Bee Happy™ Red by Ball FloraPlant

2 Tier Deco Pot #81 TOP TIER: Begonia Exotic Bossa Nova Orange Verbena Lascar™ Mango Orange by Selecta One Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Caramel Yellow by Sakata

BOTTOM TIER: Coleus Main Street™ Sunset Boulevard by Dümmen Orange Verbena Lascar™ Mango Orange by Selecta One Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Caramel Yellow by Sakata Begonia Exotic Bossa Nova Orange

Large Deco Pot #237 Leucanthemum Lucille™ Grace by Danziger Artemisia FanciFillers™ Sea Salt by Westflowers Calibrachoa Chameleon™ Sunshine Berry by Westflowers Verbena Lanai® Sky Blue by Syngenta Flowers Helichrysum Silverstar by Westflowers Crespedia Golf™ Beauty Imp 22 by Danziger

Hanging Basket #82 Petunia Double Veranda Compact Double Sugar Plum by Kientzler Lobelia Techno® Cobalt Blue by Syngenta Flowers Lobularia Stream™ Raspberry by Danziger

Large Hanging Basket #199 Bidens Golden Empire™ by Danziger

Petchoa SuperCal® Premium Cinnamon by Sakata Lantana Hot Blooded™ Red by Syngenta Flowers Calibrachoa MiniFamous® Neo Double Plumtastic by Selecta One

COMBINATION PLANTERS: T hri  er, F i  er, S pi  er, S urprise Visitors to our trial garden consistently report that one of the highlights of their visit is viewing our wide variety of custom combinations displayed in pots, baskets, and saddle planters. We typically display around 500 combinations that include a mix of breeder combinations available on the market as well as several hundred custom designed mixes. People appreciate seeing options and getting design inspiration, and it’s especially rewarding for us when customers return from year to year and report that one of our combos was a top seller for them. By Michael DeBerti, Head Grower at Mast Young Plants We use our trial garden to “think outside the box“ in terms of combination design. One of our favorite parts about designing combinations for the trial garden is including designs with unique features that you might not be used to seeing in more traditional annual combos. This year, we took our outside-the-box thinking to both combination design and combination display.

Tropical Twist. We included tropicals in a number of our annual combination planters for a surprise twist not often seen around here. This is a trend more common down south that we were curious about trying in our garden, and we love the unique look tropicals add to annual combos. Foliage Focus. Combining foliage with annuals provides a unique look and focal point. The variety of colors and textures can be used to create a beautiful foliage combo, and also as the coordinating color palette element for the entire combo. Thriller, Filler, Spiller, Surprise Everyone’s familiar with the standard thriller-filler- spiller combo design recipe, and we use this popular design rule of thumb in our combinations as well. In the trial garden, we also like to try out “surprise” varieties as thrillers, fillers, or spillers to add some interest and variety to annual combinations. The 2021 trial garden included a number of combos with some ‘surprise’ elements:

Crotons add height and anchor this combo’s color palette

A foliage combo offers unique textures and colors

Perennial Power. Using perennials in combos opens up another world of textures and flower forms. Many more first-year flowering perennials are available now as compared with several years ago, and this opens up additional possibilities for textures, foliage, and flower forms to mix with annuals. Leucanthemum, for example, provides additional options if you’re looking for a daisy.

<<< Senacio Angel Wings is a surprise element tying together the silver-toned artemisia with other blue hues

>>> Artemisia is a

full, textured filler balancing out the leucanthemum & crespedia

Leveling Up Your Display Another look we trialed in the garden this year was the double-decker combo display. We love the added height this gives the combos, and garden visitors liked looking at combos from different angles. Double decker combos could work well in large spaces, in places where you’d like the focal point higher than a pot typically is, and in spaces where you’re trying to create an especially unique look. We encourage our garden visitors to do what we do – go ahead and just try it if you’re curious about novel combinations or display ideas. Some of our favorite combinations of the season came from our ‘surprise’ additions. You might find that you surprise yourself when you try out your own thriller-filler-spiller combinations!

Michael DeBerti is the head grower at Mast Young Plants. Michael holds a BS in Horticulture from Penn State, and in addition to over 35 years of growing experience, is the creative mastermind behind the 200 custom combinations featured at Mast Young Plants’ summer trial gardens.

GARDEN TRIALS A dvantage: SUMMER SURVIVORS Growers nationwide have continued to report strong consumer demand for plants that beautify backyards and patios, leading to new opportunities for retailers to attract new customers and strengthen relationships with loyal customers. Providing consumers with excellent products that deliver high value is one strategy for attracting and retaining loyal customers. Healthy plants, vibrant colors and patterns, and a mix of longtime customer favorites alongside exciting new varieties can attract customer interest and drive sales at retail. Offering plants that continue to look healthy and vibrant throughout the entire season provides customers a high value return on their investment that in turn encourages an ongoing relationship with their trusted grower.

Given the importance of providing consumers with a strong return on their plant investment, we carried our trial garden evaluations through to the end of September with the goal of identifying “summer survivor” varieties. The MYP “summer survivor” seal of approval confirms that these varieties exhibited healthy plant habit and beautiful flowers from the beginning of the season until the very end, weathering periods along the way of extreme heat, pounding rain, and gusty winds that are all part of Michigan summers. We’re impressed with the strength and beauty of these summer survivors, and this trial provides confirmation you can trust that you can confidently offer these varieties to customers seeking plants with season-long beauty. All photos shown here were taken in week 36 of 2021. Providing you with summer survivor selections is one of the many benefits of MYP’s extensive trialing program and annual trial garden. MYP conducts year-long greenhouse trials that culminate with our summer garden trials. Observing and evaluating plants and series throughout their entire life cycles allow us to fully understand the ideal growing conditions and unique characteristics of the varieties we offer in our program. Life-cycle trials also enable us to confidently provide information to growers, so they’re able to select plants that truly meet their needs based on garden-condition trials and not just from a glossy picture in a catalog.

New Guinea Impatiens New for 2022, Interspecific New Guinea Impatiens Spectra™ Bright Red and Spectra™ Orange from Syngenta Flowers North America is bred to tolerate both sun and shade. The pots pictured here grew in full sun in our trial garden and produced vibrant blooms throughout the entire season. This series boasts large flowers and blooms early for a New Guinea impatiens.

Impatiens New Guinea Spectra™ Bright Red by Syngenta Flowers

Impatiens New Guinea Spectra™ Orange by Syngenta Flowers

Euphorbia Euphorbia grew out

beautifully in our 2021 trial garden. Pictured here are Star Dust Super Flash from Dümmen Orange, Euphoric™ White from Syngenta Flowers. This petite spring plant flourished throughout the summer months, displaying a perfect shape and thousands of flowers all the way through the end of September!

Euphorbia Star Dust Super Flash by Dümmen Orange

Euphorbia Euphoric™ White by Syngenta Flowers

Begonia Growers who serve customers seeking summer- long performance from shade plants should consider growing Begonia Interspecific I’Conia Portofino Scentement™ Peachy Keen from Dümmen Orange, North America. This new for 2022 variety grew in the expanded shade house area of our 2021 trial garden. This beautiful trailing begonia smells as good as the flowers look and maintains its beauty all summer long.

Begonia Interspecific I’Conia Portofino Scentement™ Peachy Keen by Dümmen Orange

Petunia We trialed over 150 petunia varieties, and five of those varieties earn the summer survivor designation. All of these varieties maintained a beautifully well-rounded habit and flowered all season long. Also, their flowers were not susceptible to botrytis. Petunia Itsy™ Magenta from Syngenta Flowers Petunia Itsy™ White from Syngenta Flowers Petunia Durabloom Electric Lilac from Dümmen Orange Petunia Dekko™ Sorbet from Syngenta Flowers Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise from Greenfuse

Petunia Itsy™ Magenta by Syngenta Flowers

Petunia Itsy™ White by Syngenta Flowers

Petunia DuraBloom Electric Lilac by Dümmen Orange

Petunia Blanket® Silver Surprise by Greenfuse

Petunia Dekko™ Sorbet by Syngenta Flowers

AAS TRIAL AREA S tandouts

Our annual AAS Trial proved again that these are outstanding performers. Our AAS judge, Rose Oberholtzer, scored the entries and will be submitting her results to the committee. These trials are held around the country and the next round of AAS Winners will come from the combined ratings of these countrywide judges’ scores.

Coleus Main Street™ Beale Street by Dümmen Orange

Zinnia Profusion Red / Yellow Bicolor by Sakata

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