No, it’s not time to change your clocks back just yet. (That happens Sunday, Nov. 1, this year.) I'm talking about having our Fall plantings behind us, and taking the time now to think about your Spring and Summer Plantings for 2021.
But you may be thinking, "My clients can't even think about that right now. They are still months away from making up their minds for spring, let alone summer color!"
Any other year that would be fine and good. But be warned: COVID-19 created an unprecedented demand for plants at garden retailers and for residential landscapes. The predictions are positive for similar demand for next year. Many growers – particularly nursery growers – anticipate higher demand, earlier. So if you're waiting to book spring and summer color for later, you may want to contact your grower NOW to re-confirm order-by dates and/or give them a preliminary order for what you know you have on contract already.
Better planning starts with earlier communication.
As for "What to order," here are a few items to consider adding to your color containers and planting beds for next season.
Beacon® Impatiens are living up to the promise of being Impatiens downy mildew resistant as cooler, wetter nights settle in. Beacon Rose is new to the series for 2021.
Marvel II™ African Marigold will be a taller (18") solution for gold, yellow and orange summer plantings. Double Zahara™ Yellow Improved Zinnia would also work for hot and dry areas needing a pop of color.
For containers, award-winning Bee's Knees Petunia is a fantastic new yellow that lasts all summer long.
For your residential clients hoping to attract pollinators (birds, bees and butterflies), the new Echinacea collection Artisan™ would be perfect for sunny landscapes. Two new colors are launched: Red Ombre and Soft Orange.
For a comprehensive 2021 new varieties presentation, visit BallLandscape.com/Presentations.