By Jeannine Bogard


Extensively trialed in Gilroy, California, Syngenta peppers readily adapt to containers  as small as 10″. Compared to in-ground plantings, our pepper varieties maintain fruit size, flavor, and yield potential in containers. To avoid water stress and tipping over from high fruit load, the ideal patio pot size is 12″-14″. Cages are highly recommended to help support branches heavily laden with fruit.

Great Combos:

Varieties with elongated fruit are very easy to harvest with multiple plants in a single container. Cavalcade sweet banana and Aruba cubanelle are a good starting point. Add a sweet blocky such as Cutlass or the spicy jalapeno Compadre to create an attractive and bountiful combination planter. For a “Stoplight” container Admiral and Crusader pair up well in timing and size.



Early maturing, even under conditions that make gaining size difficult

Harvest consistent yields of sweet Cubanelles over an extended season

Outstanding vigor, erect plants supports large sized fruit without overcrowding


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Widely-adaptable, high-yielding, and robust plants with concentrated fruit set

Smooth slender fruit retains bright yellow color longer providing flexibility in harvest

Thick walled peppers with low shoulders are ideal for 
eating fresh or processing



Large, thick-fleshed fruit are tasty hot, and matures from shiny green to red

Produces high yields of top-quality fruit with little cracking, even under stress

Vigorous plant with continuous flowering and fruiting, even in cool temperatures




Delilah Onofrey
License Manager
Suntory Flowers
Delilah Onofrey License Manager Suntory Flowers

Liven up your tropical assortment with unique mandevilla varieties that sizzle all summer!


By Delilah Onofrey


From the Mediterranean to the Swiss Alps, sunny Florida to cool Canada, Suntory’s Sun Parasol mandevillas captivate gardeners all over the world and have become the most fashionable plant for patios, balconies and hanging baskets. No longer a niche tropical, mandevilla is a major plant category thanks to revolutionary breeding, starting with the first true reds.


Sun Parasol plants demonstrate superior garden performance and disease resistance, thrive in the heat and don’t mind consumer neglect! It’s often the only plant that is still alive when gardeners return from vacation. With the widest range of colors and forms, Suntory’s breeding program is unmatched! Thousands of mandevilla hybrids are evaluated each year to find that perfect new introduction.


Following are three fresh introductions that will make your offerings stand out from the crowd!



This striking new variegated variety just debuted this month at the Tropical Plant International Expo in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It is a sport of the top selling Giant Crimson, producing large flowers spanning 4-6 inches. Foliage has a stable variegated pattern of creamy lime and dark green. Unlike other variegated varieties, vigor is strong, and plants will finish at the same time as the other Sun Parasol Giant varieties. This natural climber is stunning trained to a trellis or cascading from hanging baskets.



Looking for a different color scheme? Sun Parasol Apricot blends beautifully with pretty pastels or adds dimension mixed with darker colors. Best suited for hanging baskets and patio pots, this heavy bloomer produces large, light peach flowers spanning 3-5 inches. Growth is vigorous, faster than Sun Parasol Giant varieties. Branching is excellent.



Sun Parasol Designer White is unlike any other mandevilla. It’s a completely new form with sturdy stems that don’t require staking. Grow as an upright non-vining shrub or train like a hibiscus to create standards/trees. Plants create bushes of beautiful glossy, green foliage with attractive white blossoms for a classy addition to any summer landscape or patio. Your friends will ask, what is that? Position with your premium tropicals.


If you are a retailer, you have a great opportunity to position yourself as the place for Sun Parasol! With nearly 20 varieties to choose from, you can make sure your assortment isn’t the same as your competition down the street. Get creative with premium combo planters. While the box stores have the basics, you can offer so much more!


About the author: Delilah Onofrey is license manager for Suntory Flowers in North America. She can be reached at 440-522-1447, For more information about Sun Parasol mandevillas, visit







Unique and flavorful vegetable varieties win coveted All America Selection awards and earn the attention of those who enjoy the nations increased flavor euphoria, our country’s changing tastes and demand for well-crafted vegetable varieties is on the rise.

Check out Seeds by Design’s new 2017 AAS winners.

Breeding work at Seeds by Design is focused on the end user and enjoys award winning results in many niche crops. “I want to continue to offer our customers unique and flavorful vegetable varieties for the expanding foodie craze. The younger generations are very food oriented and demand variety, even in their dining, eating, and gardening ventures. Hybrid heirloom tomatoes are a great example of a product for this market trend. (To succeed) …businesses need to keep their offerings fresh and relevant.”

“As a mother of 38, 25 and 22-year-old daughters, I feel connected to this youthful purchasing trend. My girls buy goods and products differently than my generation.”

View some of Seed by Designs unique national and regional All America Selections winners:

There are some things that you just can’t leave to guesswork.  Production and scheduling have to run like clockwork. Sell-through is a must. The viability of your company depends on it. When a new product comes out you might think- why should I risk switching?

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mark Zuckerberg


In the three years since their introduction Lollipop Impatiens have proven that they aren’t a risk, they’re a sure thing. With outstanding germination (95%+) there‘s no need for patching trays. Lollipops also have excellent vigor and branching which means fuller packs and baskets with more flowers at retail! In short, Lollipops are the most state-of-the-art impatiens walleriana on the market.

So what about sell-through? Industry surveys have shown that Impatiens are still one of the top 5 most purchased annuals! Consumers just love the vivid colors, and range of colors, that only impatiens can provide. Lollipop Impatiens have the richest, most vibrant colors of any impatiens walleriana series on the market. They also have well-presented flowers, that don’t stretch, for the best possible presentation at retail. Look for the newest color, Lollipop Dragon Fruit, to be launched at Spring Trials 2018!

At a loss about what colors will look great together? Benary’s One Touch™ collection of mixes and combos has high impact color combinations of Lollipop Impatiens such as Flaming Hot Melon and Berry Daring Mix. For more information about Lollipop Impatiens go to or to request your copy of the latest One Touch™ catalog, just go to

Stacey Wilt 
Patchwork Gardens
Director of Patchwork Gardens Retail
Stacey Wilt Patchwork Gardens Director of Patchwork Gardens Retail

Everyone has mixes and combos.The Patchwork Quilt Garden is unique in that it tells a story which peaks the customer’s interest and makes it easy to sell. The Patchwork Quilt Garden was created in 2013 and features unique combos that correlate to a traditional quilt pattern. From the Double Wedding Ring pattern to the Pinwheel Paradise pattern your customers are sure to love the colors these baskets provide.

Quilt Gardens are easy to schedule, order, grow, and sell. Combinations are selected using three compatible plants, use 3 plants per 10” basket and 6 plants for 12-18” baskets. When you place your order your box will contain two 51 ct. strips of your three varieties, 306 total liners per box. In your box will also be the tags to help you tell a story as to why these varieties were chosen for this combo. Quilt Garden baskets are easy for you to finish with all plants in your quilt garden needing similar water, food, and light to grow together. The 3.25” x 6.25” tag is colorful and sure to attract attention. Each and every variety was chosen from the best genetics to ensure continuous blooms all season long.

Double Wedding Ring

The Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern symbolizes love and commitment. A popular gift among newly-weds, these scalloped-arched quilts have been in existence for almost two hundred years. According to legend, the double bands in the quilts pattern were used as a solution for wedding rings during the Civil War. Our Patchwork Quilt Garden, Double Wedding Ring, has a pattern that reminds me of the unity of marriage. All three white flowers, Euphorbia, Petunia, and Calibrachoa pop off the green foliage behind.


Grandmother’s Flower Garden

When it comes to intricacy, no quilt pattern is more complex than Grandmother’s Flower Garden. With the quilt sometimes containing thousands of small hexagons, this pattern is known for its great deal of labor. Even with hundreds of variations, all prove to be a true accomplishment when finished. Our Patchwork Quilt Garden expresses just how elaborate and beautiful this pattern is. The plants, Sweet Potato Vine, Purple and Rose Petunias, and Pink Verbena, are chosen to give the grower a similar feeling of accomplishment as they see the flower patterns come together.

Wild Goose Chase

The Flying Geese quilt pattern can be traced back as early as 1833, while the pattern itself has been in existence for centuries. Created by using triangles, surrounded by fabric that personifies the sky, the Flying Geese quilt pattern reminds us of the infamous “V” formation geese take to while traveling long distances. Our flowers and color patterns were carefully chosen to create a bright and relaxing atmosphere that complements any home. This quilt garden uses dark Sweet Potato Vine, white Petunias, and Peach Verbena for a stunning look.


Antique Tile

Sometimes minimalism and simplicity are the most beautiful things in life. The Antique Tile quilt pattern is known for being a project on an easier scale. Commonly this quilt is made from scraps left over from other patterns, giving it many personalities from different quilts. To me, I find that a beauty in its self. The Patchwork Quilt Garden, Antique Tile, takes that simplicity and turns it into an extravagant floral masterpiece. Two colors of Torenia are combined with Lysimachia to bring out the colors. While this quilt pattern may be known for its simplicity, our Patchwork Quilt Garden is not. Whether it’s used to complement an already impressive garden, or as a beautiful start, the Antique Tile Patch Work Quilt Garden is guaranteed to stand out.


Pinwheel Paradise

Every mother knows the excitement and lunacy of bringing up children, while also knowing the surreal feeling of having them leave home. This sewing pattern reminds me of the joyous time spent with my children. While the patchwork garden, Pinwheel Paradise, accomplishes the same feat with three colors of Calibrachoa. The color pattern of this patchwork garden makes for a brighter, and more youthful, summer.

Midnight Gardens

Elaborate, bright and beautiful flowers blossom in the “Midnight Gardens”.  Brilliant pink and purple and yellow spirals stand out against the dark black and gray, giving the flowers of the garden a certain glow. It brings to mind the beauty of the moon on a night with clear skies. With the use of darker colors, the Patchwork Quilt Garden, Midnight Gardens, creates a cooling feeling on the hottest summer days. Whether being observed at day or night, the Midnight Gardens give off a unique charm that compliments any home. This combo looks best in large baskets.

Mariners Compass

The compass rose is the symbol of Seattle, as well as the entire maritime community. The Mariners Compass quilt pattern commemorates all men of the sea and brings to mind stories like that of Thea Foss. She first got involved in the maritime industry when in 1889 she bought a rowboat for five dollars, fixed it up a bit, then sold it for a profit. She later became famous for being the real-life person on which the character “Tugboat Annie” was based on. Thea Foss founded Foss Maritime, one of the largest tugboat companies in the world. It stories like these that are survived through the Mariners Compass. When I look out my window to see my Mariner Compass Patchwork Quilt Garden, I am reminded of the ocean and the magnificence of it.

Patriot Puzzle

The Patriot Puzzle quilt pattern has been honoring United States veterans for almost two hundred years. Very popular gifts for World War II veterans, more and more of these precious treasures are being discovered. With World War II ending almost 70 years ago, the world is losing its veterans day by day. It’s through items like these that a hero’s story stays existent. Our Patchwork Quilt Garden, Patriot Puzzle, honors those veterans and aims to keep their spirit alive. By using red, white and blue petunias, this Patchwork Quilt Garden becomes the perfect patriotic addition to anyone’s home.


Opposites Attract

Opposites attract, what else is there to say. Everyone knows the truth behind that statement. Aside from real-life examples, nothing expresses the reality of that theory better than the quilt pattern of the same name. The Opposites Attract quilt pattern is created from the use of recognized shapes, usually, circles, split into two different colors. The pattern reminds me of my dog and cat. While the two are notorious for not being compatible, my dog and cat are best friends. Examples like this go to show that some of the strongest bonds in the world are formed from opposing ideas. Our Patchwork Quilt Garden, Opposites Attract, represents this. While most of the colors in the garden are dark, they are complemented by a beautiful purple and orange that makes for a unique addition to any home.

Lover’s Knot

Nothing is stronger than the bond of love, and that’s expressed through the quilt pattern Lover’s Knot. With over-lapping fabrics and colors, the pattern creates multiple knots that symbolize unity. Out Patchwork Quilt Garden, Lover’s Knot has a similar, visual utilizing large pink Petunias with orange and yellow Calibrachoa. Using the colors Orange, Yellow, and Fuchsia, the garden provides the feeling of warmth. A feeling that one experiences when in love.

Jacob’s Ladder

The quilt pattern, Jacob’s Ladder, is full of history and legend. Most believe the pattern was introduced sometime in the mid-1800’s, while others claim the pattern can be found as early as 100 AD. Its involvement in the Underground Railroad is perhaps the most famous of its historical references. The quilt was supposedly used as a directional signal, draped over clotheslines to lead escaped slaves to safety. Our Patchwork Quilt Garden, Jacob’s Ladder is an eye catcher and reminds me of the history this pattern holds.


For more information on Patchwork Quilt Gardens, you can call (740) 335-0018. To order your Quilt Garden call Grimes Horticulture at (800) 241-7333.

Scientists, doctors and trend spotters agree that stress and anxiety are at an all-time high in our society. We are so digitally connected, that there is really no “down time”. According to Garden Media Group’s 2018 Garden Trends Report, it has actually become a health concern. People are craving ways to disconnect, and surround themselves with nature. What better way than to visit your garden center?  But how do you get them in your door?

Benary has created an innovative consumer “magazine” called Be Inspired to help you get your customers excited about coming into your garden center and buying pansies. Be Inspired is chock-full of ideas for new ways to market pansies and irresistible craft projects for in-store events. The visual assets are free for you to download at Be_Inspired_Pansy.pdf . Just copy and paste it in your newsletter; print out a single project or print the whole magazine. It’s your choice. Here is a sneak peek at what you will find.


  • According to the “2015 Real Wedding Study” by, fall and spring are now the most popular times of year for weddings. Why? They speculate it could be the cooler temperatures, lower venue prices and romantic colors- a perfect match for pansies and violas! Check out the creative boutonnieres, wedding favors and wedding flower ideas in Be Inspired.
  • Looking for Girls’ Night Out ideas? Be Inspired has lots of fun activities like making pansy ice cubes and bath bombs.
  • Back-to-school is a great time for a teacher’s gift. Just have your customers’ little ones follow the simple instructions in Be Inspired to create an adorable low-cost gift planter. This project also works as a thank you at the end of the school year.
  • Do you serve coffee and food in your garden center? Pansies and violas are edible! First, make sure your pansies haven’t been sprayed with anything harmful, and then create a memorable day by letting your customers decorate a doughnut with blooms or dress up an amazing salad.
  • With your help, your customers can enjoy pansies and violas all year. At the end of the season they can even share their garden memories by making pansy gift cards and gift wrap.


For more information on Inspire Plus™ and Inspire DeluXXe™ Pansies go to  You can also download our latest Do It BIG magazine with fun crafts and recipes for BIG® Begonias.


For me, seasons pass too quickly. In mid-December, it always feels like the growing season is a long time off and the short days and long nights seem endless. Once winter breaks, the action picks up fast and there are no dull moments. Suddenly, here we are at the first of July. Spring planting is done and, while anticipating the summer harvest, it’s already time to plan for fall harvest.

Where I live in hardiness zone 5, we have about 75 days until the first frost. Fall crops to sow NOW are Brussels Sprouts, Peas, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Green Onions, Cabbage and Broccoli. Based on my experience over many, many trials (and years) my current recommendations are…

Brussels Sprouts: If sown now, the best choice is Catskill Green. This heirloom type is full of traditional Brussels flavor and forms abundant heads in time for the late fall market.

Peas: Snap peas are by far the most popular type of pea showing up in the fall markets. Shoppers like them because they are string less and both the pod and the pea are sweet, crisp and edible. Sugar Sprint with its diminished string and sweet crisp flavor is our number one Fall harvest variety.

Cauliflower:  I prefer Snow Crown because this hybrid forms a good size crown that holds is color, shape and flavor and can remain in the field and follow an extended fall with ever increasing head size.

Cilantro: The trick to market fresh Cilantro is to harvest often and seed often. Your last crop of the season can be sown now and you will have fresh bunches for the fall market. The winner is Tasty Ole.

Green Onions: Like cilantro, the trick to green onions is to always have tender young coming on so harvest often and seed often. I prefer the variety White Bunching which is a real work horse and by far the most widely grown commercial variety.

Cabbage:  This is a wide category and our farm market growers have success with growing all four of the major types for fall. Green, Red, Oriental, Savoy.

  • Green: If you have grown FM Tasty Early Green Cabbage you know that the color, texture and flavor are what make it popular in the fresh market. Growers repeat the success with a fall crop sown directly in the field in early July.
  • Red: For a red cabbage for fall produce grow Red Express, great, eyecatching color and long post-harvest shelf life.
  • Savoy: Along with great color, here is one that you should offer as a premium novelty, Purple Savoy.

Broccoli: I’m going to suggest this novelty selection because “foodies” are all a buzz about it, it is best when harvested fresh and your average fall fresh market does not have it on board. The variety is called Artwork. It is a stem type with an abundance of tender small flower heads that form after the harvest of the terminal crown. Harvest and keep them on ice in the market and they command a premium price.

Basil: There is plenty of time to sow basil seeds. I suggest at least 3 sowing from now through August 21, each will yield fresh, no flower crops, perfect for the local market. I recommend two outstanding new cultivars. One: Dolce Fresca, traditional spicy flavor, broad deep green foliage and compact nodes, great for fresh bunching or in blister packs. Two: Sweet Dani Lemon, as the name suggests it has a lemon scented bouquet. The harvest is plentiful. Offer both types as micro greens or fresh bunching.

The following is a chart that I offer because it is requested so often.The type category is not intended to be botanically correct, instead it refers more to how I feel the consumer looks at the way that the product is packaged and sold.

Brussels Sprouts Fruit 90-100 YES
Peas Fruit 70-80 YES
Cauliflower Fruit 60-80 NO
Cilantro Leaf 60-70 NO
Green Onions Fruit 60-70 YES
Cabbage Fruit 50-90 YES
Broccoli Fruit 50-70 YES
Beets Root 50-60 YES
Kohlrabi Fruit 50-60 YES
Turnips Root 50-60 YES
Bush Beans Fruit 45-65 NO
Collards Leaf 40-65 YES
Kale Leaf 40-65 YES
Leaf Lettuce Leaf 40-60 NO
Swiss Chard Leaf 40-60 NO
Spinach Leaf 35-45 YES
Basil Leaf 30-60 NO
Radishes Root 30-60 YES
Mustard Greens Leaf 30-40 NO