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2006 NGB Varieties

'Icecream Formula Mix' Celosia'Icecream Formula Mix' Celosia
The new 'Icecream Formula Mix' Celosia is an early-flowering annual variety of Celosia plumosa that produces long-lasting 8-inch-tall flower plumes on a compact plant 12-15 inches high. Ideal for containers or the garden, it's heat tolerant, likes full sun, and comes in the six vibrant colors shown. Note: Not all of the new NGB varieties are presented here. For a complete list, visit www.ngb.org, click on the Journalist link and enter User Name: journalist, and Password: seed.
'Go Go Salmon' Begonia'Go Go Salmon' Begonia
'Go-Go Salmon' Begonia (Begonia tuberosa 'Go-Go Salmon') is covered with full, rich, 3-inch-wide blossoms in beautiful salmon hues. A sturdy, compact annual with deep green foliage, it reaches 8-10 inches tall. The NGB rates it a "knockout" in shaded mass plantings, gardens, containers, or hanging baskets.
'Blue Mountain' Nierembergia'Blue Mountain' Nierembergia
'Blue Mountain' Nierembergia (Nierembergia hippomanica 'Blue Mountain') blooms profusely with inch-wide blue flowers all summer long. Low and spreading, it grows 6-10-inches tall, thrives in hot, dry conditions, and is ideal for hanging baskets or mass plantings.
'Mariposa Peach Shades' Pansy'Mariposa Peach Shades' Pansy
'Mariposa Peach Shades' Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Mariposa Peach Shades') is a sun-loving annual that delivers gorgeous color on 5-7-inch-tall plants rated great for mass plantings. The series features 13 colors and a mix is available. A robust root system increases over-wintering.
'Symphony Burgundy Picotee' Petunia'Symphony Burgundy Picotee' Petunia
'Symphony Burgundy Picotee' Petunia (Petunia x hybrida 'Symphony Burgundy Picotee') features great masses of 2-2 1/2-inch white-edged deep-wine blossoms on compact plants 10-12 inches tall. A sun-loving annual, one of its greatest attributes is said to be its quick after-rain recovery.
'Dynasty Pink Magic' Dianthus'Dynasty Pink Magic' Dianthus
'Dynasty Pink Magic' Dianthus (Dianthus barbatus interspecific 'Dynasty Pink Magic') is the world's first F1 double dianthus. This heat-tolerant annual grows 16-20 inches tall and blooms profusely with pink flowers about an inch wide. The plant is well-branched and upright with strong stems, making it excellent also as a cut flower.
'Santa Fe' Coreopsis'Santa Fe' Coreopsis
'Santa Fe' Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora 'Santa Fe') produces a multitude of bright yellow semi-double flowers up to 2 inches wide. This fully branched, upright perennial loves full sun or part sun and grows to 16 inches tall. It blooms June-September and is ideal in the garden, containers, or in mass plantings. Perennial in the Ozarks.
'Astra Semi-Double White' Platycodon'Astra Semi-Double White' Platycodon
'Astra Semi-Double White' Platycodon (Platycodon grandiflorum 'Astra Semi-Double White') is an unusually beautiful "Balloon Flower" that bears large (to 3 1/4 inches wide), fully double, starlike white flowers. The plant is compact, grows to 6 inches tall, and blooms continuously. It's also perennial in zone 5, which means it has a chance to carry over year-to-year with milder Ozarks winters.
'Festival Spider Salmon w/Eye' Gerbera'Festival Spider Salmon w/Eye' Gerbera
'Festival Spider Salmon w/Eye' Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii 'Festival Spider Salmon w/Eye') bears remarkably vibrant flowers 3-4-inches wide in a unique "spider" form. The series are fast-flowering, sun-loving annuals that grow to 12 inches tall. Though this one is labeled "salmon" in color, it appears to be a vivid pink. Other colors in the series include rose, orange, yellow, light eye apricot, light eye orange, light eye white, light eye blush, light eye pink, and dark eye pink. The Festival series plants are extremely floriferous, bearing more blossoms than other gerberas.
'Horizon Red Ice' Geranium'Horizon Red Ice' Geranium
'Horizon Red Ice' Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum 'Horizon Red Ice') has a most unusual and engaging coloration. The lower three petals of each 4-5-inch-wide blossom in its clusters are red, the top two petals white, and the reverse of the petals intense red. The plant reaches 10-12 inches tall in full or part sun.
'Stopwatch White' Portulaca'Stopwatch White' Portulaca
'Stopwatch White' Portulaca (Portulaca grandiflora 'Stopwatch White') produces an abundance of 2-inch-wide white blooms on compact plants 6 inches tall. This annual loves sun, blooms fast from seed, and stays open longer into twilight. It's good in the garden, in containers, or in hanging baskets, and is available also in yellow, cream, orange, and pink.
'Avalanche Rose Improved' Petunia'Avalanche Rose Improved' Petunia
The improvement in the 'Avalanche Rose Improved' Petunia (Petunia x hybrida 'Avalanche Rose Improved') is said to be for more uniform color in an abundance of 3-inch-wide flowers. This annual grows to 10 inches tall and spreads to 30 inches. The NGB rates it "sensational" in sunny hanging baskets, containers, mass plantings, in the garden, or even as a groundcover.
'Luna Pink Swirl' Hibiscus'Luna Pink Swirl' Hibiscus
'Luna Pink Swirl' Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Pink Swirl') produces huge blossoms up to 8 inches wide with a dark eye and a pink picotee pattern ("picotee' referring to a band of contrasting color at petal adges). It loves sun, grows upright to 36 inches tall and, says the NGB, adds a tropical touch to gardens or containers. Good news: it will be perennial in the Ozarks.
'Black Velvet Scarlet' Geranium'Black Velvet Scarlet' Geranium
'Black Velvet Scarlet' Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum 'Black Velvet Scarlet') strikes a dramatic contrast by producing a large, showy head of deep-scarlet flowers along with velvety chocolate foliage. The plant is an annual that loves full sun and grows to 10 inches tall. 
'Rally Mix' Alyssum'Rally Mix' Alyssum
The new 'Rally Mix' Alyssum (Lobularia maritima 'Rally Mix') produces masses of tiny, fragrant flowers in purple, lmon, lavender, or a mix on vigorous plants the grow to 6 inches high. Excellent in mixed containers, baskets, or the garden, it likes full or partial sun.
'Encore Peach Butterfly' Impatiens'Encore Peach Butterfly' Impatiens
'Encore Peach Butterfly' Impatiens (Impatiens wallerana 'Encore Peach Butterfly') produces extra-large flowers in a lovely peach with an orange-salmon eye--a very special addition for shade gardens. The plant is robust and grows to 14 inches tall. The 'Encore' series features 2-1/2-inch-wide flowers in orange, lavender-blue, orchid, red, rose, salmon, and white.The variety 'Encore Tropical Butterfly' is also a bicolor, featuring peach-pink blooms with small, orange eyes. 
'Sweeties Mix' Viola'Sweeties Mix' Viola
The 'Sweeties Mix' Viola (Viola x williamsiana 'Sweeties') is a stunning blend of small bicolor violas with two-toned faces in a range of colors from whites through purples. The plant grows 4 inches tall, loves sun, and is an annual, but may overwinter. 
'Jester' Ornamental Millet'Jester' Ornamental Millet
'Jester' Ornamental Millet (Pennisetum glaucum 'Jester') could be a stunner in the garden or landscape. Its unique multicolor foliage emerges chartreuse but matures to shades of red and bronze eventually darkening to purple. The plant loves sun, grows to 4 feet tall. and produces dark-purple, spiked seedheads that could be extra-dramatic in the garden or in flower arrangements.
'Tri-X Brand Sunrise' Watermelon'Tri-X Brand Sunrise' Watermelon
The 'Tri-X Sunrise' Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus 'Tri-X Sunrise') delivers round-to-oval seedless melons weighing 16-20 pounds. It has firm, flavorful, bright red flesh and a light green rind with narrow, dark green stripes. It requires a watermelon pollinator and can be harvested 85 days from seed.
'Summer Dream'  Melon'Summer Dream' Melon
The NGB describes the 'Summer Dream' Melon (Cucumis melo 'Summer Dream') as the "sweetly tempting Japanese type that brings astronomical market prices." The flesh is salmon-orange, aromatic, and jucy with a luscious sweet flavor. The fruit is round, pale gray, 5 inches in diameter, weighs about 2-1/2 lbs., and can be harvested in 85 days.
'Fragoo Pink' Strawberry'Fragoo Pink' Strawberry
'Strawberry Fragoo Pink' Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa 'Strawberry Fragoo Pink') is both decorative and tasty. Pink flowers an inch wide, deep-green foliage, and 3-foot trailing runners make it a nice addition in strawberry pots or other containers. This is an early, everbearing variety that can be sown year-round in full sun or part sun. Note: It should be perennial in the Ozarks.
'Rainbow' Carrot'Rainbow' Carrot
The 'Rainbow' Carrot (Daucus carota 'Rainbow') produces a beautiful mix of orange, yellow, light orange, and, occasionally, white roots. The 8-10-inch carrots are said to have an excellent taste, be nutritious, and make an exciting addition to salads or cooked dishes. The harvest is 67 days from seed.
'Honeytreat' Corn'Honeytreat' Corn
'Honey Treat' Corn (Zea mays 'Honey Treat') is a mid-early TripleSweet sweet corn that can be harvested 76 days from seeding. The ears are 8 inches long and deliciously sweet with 14-18 rows of yellow kernels.
'Passion' Corn'Passion' Corn
'Passion' Corn (Zea mays 'Passion') features high sugar content, enhanced flavor, and long shelf life. The ears are 8-1/2-inches long, heavy, and have 18-20 rows with small, sweet, succulent yellow kernels. Itcan be harvested in 81 days from seed.
'Cheddar' Cauliflower'Cheddar' Cauliflower
The new 'Cheddar' Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea 'Cheddar') might cause a stir at the dinner table--it's the orangey color of a good cheddar cheese and holds the color when cooked. The color is the result of high levels of beta-carotene. The heads are uniform, smooth, domed, and solid, and can be harvested 68 days from transplanting.
'Little Lucy' Okra'Little Lucy' Okra
'Little Lucy' Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Little Lucy') stands out by being the first true dwarf red okra. The plant are red-veined and covered with 3-inch-wide yellow blooms that produce 4-inch-long burgundy pods. It grows to 2 feet tall and brings a tropical air in gardens or containers. It can be harvested 55 days from seed.
'New Suave Mild' Pepper'New Suave Mild' Pepper
The 'New Suave-mild' Pepper (Capsicum chinensis 'New Suave-Mild') has the complex flavor of habanero peppers without the the incendiary heat. The chiles are orange and red and are said to also have a delicious tropical fruitiness with a hint of citrus. The plants are robust and reliably produce heavy crops. Harvest is 100 days from seed. 
'Balloon' Pepper'Balloon' Pepper
The new 'Balloon' Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Balloon') bears 2-inch fruits that resemble winged bells. The flesh is flavorful, crunchy, and sweet, belying the hot center and seeds. The plant does well in containers or in the garden. Harvest is 83 days from seed.
'Sweet Spot' Pepper'Sweet Spot' Pepper
The 'Sweet Spot X3R' Pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Sweet Spot X3R') is noted for disease resistance, fruit, substance, and sweet flavor. ITs light-greenish-yellow banana peppers mature to bright red in about 70-72 days. The fruits are 8 inches long and taper to a point, are not pungent, and are sweet either cooked or raw.
'Watermelon Mantang Hong' Radish'Watermelon Mantang Hong' Radish
We think this picture is a painting and not a photography, but in any event, the 'Watermelon Mantang Hong' Radish (Raphanus sativus 'Watermelon Mantang Hong') is definitely worth a look. It's a large, 3-1/2-inch diameter round, sweet heirloom radish from China, white on the outside, red on the inside. The NGB advises slicing it and sprinkling the slices with black sesame seeds for a stylish gourmet presentation resembling a tiny watermelon. It can be harvested in 50-60 days from seed.
'Premium' Pea'Premium' Pea
The new 'Premium' Pea (Pisum sativum 'Premium') produces pods as long as 3 inches that average 7-8 very sweet, excellent-tasting, medium-size peas that can be harvested as early as 51 days from seed. The vines reach 30 inches long and may be grown with or without support.
'Merlin' Beet'Merlin' Beet
The new 'Merlin' Beet (Beta vulgaris 'Merlin') matures early and produces uniformly round beets noted for exceptional flavor due to a high 14-15% sugar content. The plant is resistant to both drought and downy mildew and can be harvested 55 days from seed.
'Toy Choy' Pak Choi'Toy Choy' Pak Choi
'Toy Choy' Bok Choi (Brassica chinensis L. 'Toy Choy') is a miniature, 5-inch tall bok choi (sometimes "pak choi") with white petioles and dark green leaves. The NGB says it's "perfect for home gardeners and specialty growers." It can be harvested 30-35 days from seed. Note: Bok choi is believed to be oldest of the Asian greens, having been cultivated in China since the 5th century. 
'SPD415' Spinach'SPD415' Spinach
'SPD415' Spinach (Spinacea oleracea 'SPD415') doesn't have the most romantic name, but among its advantages are resistance to white rust and downy mildew. The plant has a moderate growth rte and erect 3-4-inch dark green leaves. It's perfect for dense plantings to produce baby leaf spinach. Harvest 21-30 days from seed.
Chinese MustardChinese Mustard
Chinese Mustard (Brassica Rapa chinensis) is a mustard-flavored leafy green vegetable that grows quickly to 12 inches tall. It can be used raw or cooked and is good added to soups and stir-fries. The NGB also advises peeling, boiling, slicing, and serving with soy sauce and sesame oil. The plant matures in 57 days.

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