Category: New Plants

First-to-Bloom and Rebloom: Senetti Pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Sky Blue pericallis

A friend recently sent me this image:

Im sorry for the things I said when it was Winter

And it’s so true for me right now. I easily get irritated, borderline angry and toddler-like frustrated in the winter months. Sometimes so bad, a savory Snickers bar can’t even bring me back. The urge to have my own greenhouse is never more prevalent. And the need {read: NEEEEDDDD} to have flowers in my house, in my car, following me down the sidewalk…has never been so desired. I’m always eager to see the first blooms of the season at the garden center — heck, this time of year you’ll even see me perusing the floral shop at the grocery store!! I’m that desperate for a touch of flower power to get me (sanely) through to Spring.

So…of course, Suntory has my back, as they have yours. They understand the need to keep a “garden” growing, whether its flourishing on your kitchen table or popping up from your California balcony. They know the need to keep fresh flowers around. And not just a one-and-done kind of bouquet. A presentation that keeps giving, and that’s their Senetti pericallis.

While the lineup has been around for years, boasting varieties such as Senetti Baby pericallis and the our standard Senetti pericallis, new for 2016 is something pretty magical: Senetti Sparkle. There are three gorgeous bloom colors…

Senetti Sparkle Lavender pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Lavender pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Light Pink pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Light Pink pericallis

And one of my personal favorites…

Senetti Sparkle Sky Blue pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Sky Blue pericallis

Isn’t that blue hue beautiful?!?

Senetti Sparkle is the most heat tolerant variety of all our pericallis and — as already mentioned — they bloom and bloom and bloom. A must-have for a long, dreary winter. Our garden friend, Shirley Bovshow knows what I’m talking about…

Beyond their wintery benefits, the petite size of Senettis is an extra bonus. Reaching heights up to 23 inches and expanding to 15 inches. They’re ideal for the coffee table, Spring patio container gardens, or in your landscape — in the right regions of course.

Armstrong Garden Centers, located in sunny California, has a wide selection of Senetti pericallis yearning to grace your home and garden.

Senetti pericallis at Armstrong Garden Center

Senetti pericallis at Armstrong Garden Center

Senetti pericallis at Armstrong Garden Center

Learn about the entire Senetti pericallis collection here >>>. And ask your local garden center where their early-bloomers are!

Playing to Pantone’s Color of the Year

Playing to Pantone's Color of the Year

There’s a love/hate relationship with the yearly anticipated release of Pantone’s Color of the Year. On one hand, you’re super giddy, anxious to see what inspiring hues will shape your next year of promotions. And on the other, less exciting hand, what if you completely despise the must-have color. For instance, 2012 was the year of “Tangerine Tango.” Orange is definitely not everyone’s favorite, confirmed by the responses we received in a recent Facebook post asking as much.

Regardless, Pantone’s surprising move to declare two, calming shades as their matriarch for 2016 was a smart play. Certainly one we’re giddy about as we can easily flower in both Rose Quartz and Serenity, but also because we too believe you deserve a year of “mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses.”

Pantone's Color of the Year 2016

Here are some of my favorite Pantone-color-loving flowers from Suntory, but you know there are more. Way more. We’ve made it easy for you – check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the calming hue…

First, a new-for-2016 introduction: Surdiva Pink scaevola.

Surdivia Pink scaevola

Surdiva scaevolas like it hot. Seriously, they thrive and tolerate extreme heat and keep their pretty-in-pink flowers coming and coming and coming. WITHOUT deadheading.

 ANOTHER new introduction: Senetti Sparkle Sky Blue pericallis

Senetti Sparkle Sky Blue pericallis

Everyone loves a true-blue bloomer, right? Our new Senetti Sparkle pericallis series is an absolute stunner. First to bloom in the spring and to repeat their blooms! Double bonus. You should see the whole new sparkly collection! Click here >>>

Have you seen our Surfinia Summer Double petunias yet?
Ahem…how could you not? Double the flower, double the pleasure. See what I mean here >>>

Of COURSE we have a bloomer to support Pantone. Surfinia Double Rose petunia has all the charm to destress any workday.

 Surfinia Summer Double Petunia Rose

And you know you can’t go wrong with Sun Parasol mandevillas. Bloomers through the hottest of hot summers — in fact, they actually perform BETTER in extreme heat and neglect. To keep your garden trendy, plant Sun Parasol Original Cream Pink mandevilla.

Sun Parasol Original Creamy Pink mandevilla

I’d suggest planting mandevillas in the garden as a living fence. Gain some privacy while enjoying their endless blooms. You can buy it, right from Big Bad Flower. Click here>>>

As I mentioned earlier, this is just the tip of the flower petal. Suntory has more to offer for your perfect, Pantone-approved flower garden. See the wonder here>>>

Crushing on Salmon

Surfinia Summer Double Salmon petunia

I’ve always been a fan of the color salmon.
It’s kind of pink, but yet not pink, and while I previously confessed I could have a pink Christmas, I’d much rather have salmon colored flowers in my garden. So when Suntory Flowers gave me my favorite hue in one of my favorite bloomers, I have to confess, it’s all I can think about.

Introducing, NEW FOR 2016, Surfinia Summer Double Salmon petunia

Surfinia Summer Double Salmon petunia

Isn’t she just beautiful?!? The perfect pop of salmon-pink with a slight touch of fuchsia. The color combos are endless!
If you’re not familiar with the awesomeness that is Surfinia Summer Double petunias, allow me to peek your interest…

What I love first are their double blooms.
Surfinia® Summer Double™ White petunia
I know it sounds juvenile, but twice the bloom always gets me giddy. And yes, every time I see, hear, and say double in reference to flowers, the iconic theme song to Wrigley’s Doublemint gum runs through my head for a good twenty minutes thereafter.

Secondly, I love their compact and overall growing habit and structure, especially when combined in a hanging basket.
Surfinia Summer Double petunia hanging basket

Thirdly, Surfinia Summer Double petunias are a rock star against extreme heat and heavy rains when other double blooming petunias fail to perform. This is a major bonus to me – double the blooms, double the pleasure for double the time.

See what I did there!?! ^^^

And lastly, the blooms are self-cleaning.
This means you don’t have to do a thing to keep these double-your-pleasure flowers from coming and coming all season long.

See the magic in this time-lapse video from Suntory Flowers featuring Aaron McDonald with Botany Lane Greenhouse.

Learn more about Surfinia Summer Double petunias here >>>. But before you go — which color is your favorite? Pink, Rose, White or the new Salmon? You already know mine 😉

Surfinia Summer Double petunias in all three colors