There are 49 outstanding new trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and vines on display at the 2015 New Varieties Showcase. But for the plant professionals on the showcase judging panel, New Love Clematis (Clematis ‘New Love’) stands out from the crowd.
The star-shaped, self-supporting vine was chosen by the judges for Best in Show honors. It was developed by Wim Snoeijer from The Netherlands and introduced by Concept Plants. It is available from Farwest exhibitors JRT Nurseries Inc. Canada and Silver Falls Nursery.
The 2015 showcase features 49 different trees, shrubs, vines, tropicals, perennials and annuals with interesting shapes, colors, growth habits and other characteristics. All are displayed in an attractive format, with take-it-with-you tags showing all of the relevant plant characteristics.
“New Varieties Showcase remains one of the most popular tentpole features at the Farwest Show,” OAN Director of Events Allan Niemi said. “Every year, growers and breeders put their newest and most impressive introductions on display for the green industry. Every year, the plants you see are unique and eye-popping. And this year was no exception.”
The judges also chose three Plants of Merit: Golden Belltower Columnar Ironwood (Parrotia persica ‘Golden Belltower’ PPAF), First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus ‘Aarticus’ PPAF), and Happiness Euonymus (Euonymus japonica ‘Happiness’).
Happiness Euonymus was developed by Johan Nouws from The Netherlands and introduced by Concept Plants. It is available from Farwest exhibitors Van Klaveren’s Nursery, JRT Nurseries Inc. Canada and Silver Falls Nursery.
First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ Hibiscus was discovered by Steve Bruin, Lincoln Nursery, and is offered by Farwest exhibitor Bailey Nurseries Inc.
Golden Belltower Columnar Ironwood was discovered by Ken Christianson growing at Chrishaven Trees in Washington state, and introduced by Plants Nouveau LLC and Heritage Seedlings & Liners. It is available from Farwest exhibitor Heritage Seedlings & Liners.
To learn more about these plants, and the 45 others displayed in the showcase, log on to www.FarwestShow.com/nvs.shtml.
The 2015 Farwest Trade Show continues through Saturday, August 29, at the Oregon Convention Center. The show serves professionals engaged in the nursery industry and related trades, including retail nurseries, wholesale growers, landscapers, landscape designers, and others involved in the green industry.
The Farwest Show is produced by the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), a trade organization that represents and serves the interests of the ornamental horticulture industry. Any revenue realized by the OAN is reinvested into the industry through education, research, marketing support and government relations. For more information about the 2015 Farwest Show, visit www.farwestshow.com or download the Farwest Show app for iPhone or Android.
The Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), based in Wilsonville, represents more than 800 wholesale growers, retailers, landscapers and suppliers. Oregon’s ornamental horticulture industry is among the state’s largest agricultural commodities, with annual sales of $860 million. Oregon’s nursery industry is a traded sector; nearly 75 percent of the nursery plants grown in Oregon are shipped out of state. For information, visit www.oan.org or call 503-682-5089.