Luce Daigneault 2017-06-08 03:54:26
Quebec consumers and horticulture specialists vote for their garden favourites Discover Les Exceptionnelles® 2017, a set of annual plants handpicked by the public and a panel of renowned experts for the benefit of home gardeners and horticulture professionals. The ten plants were chosen for their beauty, performance, easy care, and insect and disease resistance. The 2017 selection offers a great diversity for use in many different situations (specimen plants, companion plants, mass plantings, container gardens and patio pots, and for sunny, partial shade and full shade conditions, and in various colours – purple, lilac, pink, fuchsia, apricot, lemon yellow … and with varied foliage). There are Exceptionnelles for all tastes! They are easy, high performance plants! Les Exceptionnelles is a brand name registered by the Fondation en horticulture ornementale of the Saint-Hyacinthe ITA. This is a non-profit organization in charge of managing the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin’s gardening school, with its mandate to promote, support and develop ornamental horticulture knowledge in Québec. Awarded by the public and by experts, this title is given to new horticultural items that stand out thanks to their performance in the garden, their easy care and their resistance to insects and diseases. This program is also the result of a partnership that brings together the expertise of four great Québec gardens: the Jardin Daniel A. Séguin, the Jardin botanique de Montreal, the Jardin Roger Van den Hende of Laval University and the Jardins de Métis. It is coordinated by the Fédération interdisciplinaire de l’horticulture ornementale du Québec (FIHOQ). Please note: the photos in this feature are courtesy of Claude Vallée, agr. M.Sc. professor of horticulture, ITA-Campus Saint-Hyacinthe. The web version of this story on our website will include all 10 photos. Alocasia ‘Dark Star’ Height: 1.0 to 1.2 m (3 to 4’) Spread: 0.75 to 1.0 m (3 to 3.3’) Full sun and partial sun. Breeder/Grower: DECO-Style® www.deco-style.ca Begonia UnbelievableTM Lucky Strike 2017 Height: 25 to 35 cm (10 to 14”) Spread: 45 to 50 cm (18 to 20”) Full sun and partial sun. Breeder/Grower: Dümmen Orange www.dummenorange.com Canna ‘Ebony Patra’ Height : 1.5 to 2 m (4 to 6’) Spread : 0.75 to 0.9 m (2.5 to 3’) Full sun Breeder/Grower: DECO-Style® www.deco-style.ca Colocasia esculenta Royal Hawaiian®Aloha Oe Height: 1.0 to 1.2 m (3 to 4’) Spread: 0.75 to 0.90 m (2,5 to 3’) Full sun, partial sun Breeder/Grower: DECO-Style® www.deco-style.ca Gomphrena globosa ‘Ping Pong Purple’ Height: 40 to 60 cm (16 to 24”) Spread : 20 à 25 cm (8 to 10”) Full sun Breeder/Grower: Sakata www.sakata.com Impatiens SunPatiens® Compact Tropical Rose Height: 40 to 80 cm (16 to 32”) Spread : 36 to 60 cm (14 to 24”) Full sun, partial sun, shade Breeder/Grower: Sakata www.sakata.com Pelargonium Calliope® ‘Large Pink’ Height : 30 to 35 cm (12 to 14”) Spread : 45 to 50 cm (18 to 20”) Full sun, Partial sun Breeder/Grower: Syngenta www.syngentaflowers.com Stachys Bello Grigio® Height: 25 to 30 cm (10 to 12”) Spread: 30 to 40 cm (12 to 16”) Full sun Breeder/Grower: DECO-Style® www.deco-style.ca Thunbergia alata ‘Arizona Lemon Sunrise’ Height: 1.5 to 2.5 m (5 to 8’) Spread: 40 to 60 cm (16 to 24”) Full sun Breeder/Grower: DECO-Style® www.deco-style.ca Verbena bonariensis Meteor ShowerTM Height: 50 to 75 cm (20 to 30”) Spread : 20 to 30 cm (18 to 12”) Full sun, partial sun Breeder/Grower: Proven Winners (www. provenwinners.com) Luce Daigneault is FIHOQ executive director. Check www.lesexceptionnelles.ca and www.facebook.com/LesExceptionnelles for more information.
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