Perennial and Nursery News — December 2010
Inspired Combinations for low-maintenance landscaping

By Margareth Hop, nursery stock researcher at Applied Plant Research, Lisse, the Netherlands

Aster ageratoides ‘Asran’
A few decades ago, the use of herbaceous perennials in parks and other public spaces was similar to that of private gardens.  The plants required regular division, staking and deadheading — an amount of maintenance that has become too expensive for most public institutions. But this is not the only way perennials can be used. There are many sturdy species available that perform very well with much less maintenance, just weeding and mowing once a year at the end of winter.
UV light offers possibilities against powdery mildew
Of Interest to Growers

The latest experiments with UV light indicate that fewer fungicide applications are required when applied in the correct manner. DLV (research group) tested the potential of UV light treatments on several nursery crops and perennials.

During the past growing season, DLV Plant conducted follow-up research in the potential of sustainable control of fungi with the help of UV light treatments. The research was financed by the Product Board for Horticulture (formally known as ‘Productschap Tuinbouw’).  The crops tested at the trial location in Boskoop were Prunus, Rosa, Quercus, Acer and Sempervivum.
Garden Center or Lifestyle Center?

Europe’s destination garden centers offer complete lifestyle solutions
Part 2 of 2

To say that the rules of retailing have become blurred would be an understatement.  Not too many years ago, hardware stores sold nails, hammers, ladders and small tools.  A pharmacy was a store where you could buy shampoo and other personal care needs while waiting for your prescription to be filled.  Department and discount stores offered a wide range of inventory, but the merchandise offerings were stable and standard.  Today, you can expect to find food in pharmacies and furniture in food stores as retailers look to meet the eclectic lifestyle needs of today’s consumers.