Thursday, January 23, 2014

Give Early Spring Some Much-Needed Floral Punch from The Suntory® Collection

Senetti pericallis, the first flower of spring from The Suntory Collection, adds vibrant color to the cool spring season. 

Deep into the winter season when it seems the cold and dark are here to stay, nothing speaks to the promises of springtime more than blooms in vibrant colors. Flowers in pinks, blues, lavenders and magnificent magentas lift the spirits and bring hope that spring is about to be sprung from its wintry confines.

 “Floral color is sadly lacking in the early-spring season,” says Evelyn Alemanni, an award-winning gardener, designer and author. “Thankfully the Senetti® collection of pericallis from The Suntory® Collection offers candy-colored blooms on plants tough enough to handle the chilly temperatures during the turning of the seasons.” These sturdy yet seductive blooms are found on plants that are a beautiful sight come springtime and are also tolerant of temperatures as cold as 35°F.

Early-Season Stunners
“Senettis appear in garden centers and home improvement stores at a time of year when people need signs of spring and when winter is at its most wearisome,” says Alemanni. “The benches of pots in the most dazzling of colors—blues, purples, pinks—are much too vibrant to pass up.”

What’s more, Senettis can be used indoors and out. “It’s a perfect transitional plant,” says Alemanni. “I use them as potted plants to add accent colors on a living room window, kitchen table or enclosed porch in very early spring. As the days warm, I’ll place them on the front step or on a patio to add some color to the monotones of the season.” If the temperatures are forecast to drop below 35°F, be sure to bring the plants inside the garage or front entry.

Once spring has truly arrived, go ahead and pot the plants into containers outside or plant directly into a garden bed, where they’ll continue to bloom through early summer. “What’s unique about Senetti pericallis is they will rebloom once their stems have been cut back,” Alemanni says. “Giving them a trim as you plant them outside will bring about a second flush of color three to four weeks later. It’s a blooming bonus!”

New Senetti Colors
The Suntory Collection has added two new colors to the Senetti line for 2014, bringing the total to 16 unique colors.

Super Blue is the bluest of the pericallises available to consumers today. These vibrant-colored blooms cover the entire top of the plant, producing as many as 200 flowers on one 10 to 12-in. potted plant. “At 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter, that’s a lot of color,” Alemanni notes. Super Blue grows to about 2 feet in height and width, making quite a colorful impact.

Baby Magenta Bicolor belongs to the “baby” subgroup of Senetti, indicating they grow somewhat shorter in stature with smaller, 1.5-in. diameter flowers. What it lacks in flower size, Baby Magenta Bicolor makes up in numbers, with even more flowers per plant. “What I love about this variety is the “bicolor” aspect to the flower,” says Alemanni. “The flower’s dark center is ringed with a nearly fluorescent white, which in turn is ringed by magenta. It’s stunning, especially in a large grouping.”
In general, the Senetti® pericallis collection prefers full sun to partial sun conditions, with even and consistent watering.

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