Spring flowers: Four picks of what gardeners are planting
Spring trials are underway at Southern California flowers farms, where retailers review growers' plants, place orders for future seasons and bet on which varieties they think will be a hit with consumers. What will be the new "it" flower of this spring? Here's a look at four major garden chains' picks -- plants selected months ago in hopes they would charm consumers now ...
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Home Depot: Calibrachoa( Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / March 21, 2013 )
Remember the name calibrachoa, which popped up often in our talks with garden centers. Home Depot expects big demand for these calibrachoa hybrids labeled Superbells, shown in the Pomegranate Punch color. The plants are pitched as heat tolerant and disease resistant, bearing flowers that look like petite petunias, sold separately or in mixed-color hanging baskets.
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