Clematis (tangutica group) ‘Little Lemons’ won first prize for new plant varieties at the recent edition of the Plantarium exhibition held in Boskoop, The Netherlands. The variety, bred by Zoest BV is characterized by its yellow bell-shaped flowers, an especially dwarf habit and long flowering period. It is the first dwarf yellow-flowered variety of Clematis and ideal for container production, baskets and window boxes. See Plantipp.
New varieties presented in this show over the years have often merited their success both with the grower and consumer or final user. Without going into detail of the novelties 2019, it is interesting to reflect that the choices and objectives of the breeders are made many years in advance; often it takes 7 – 10 years to develop these new varieties! Given the time it takes to commercialize these varieties, it is interesting to list the genera and species that breeders have been working on in particular.
The genera most represented are: Hydrangea e Salvia, each with 12 varieties. For Ortensia, x4 Hydrangea arborescens, x7 H. paniculata e x1 H. macrophylla. For Salvia there are x4 S. x jamensis, x2 S. microphylla, x 6 unspecified hybrids. There follows Clematis, with x5 varieties, Buddleja davidii with x3, Hibiscus and Rudbeckia both with x2. Only ONE novelty for all the other 25 genera was in the contest! The mix was certainly different a few years ago, just as it will be different in another few years.
Plantarium is a preferred event for breeders, plant selections, propagators and administrators of patents relative to nursery stock sector especially woody shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Plantarium is now fused with the exhibition Groen Direkt.