Zinnia Profusion Fire & Yellow

Did you know nearly 75 percent of all plants on earth require animals for pollination? It’s a fact! Just like the fact that recently, The White House established a Pollinator Health Task Force to integrate the needs of bees and butterflies into land management plans. Similarly, The Department of Transportation plans to increase pollinator habitat along highways. What do these government projects have in common? They’re reacting to a serious problem — a lack of pollinators and its serious consequences.

What’s more — the government shouldn’t be alone in acting on this issue. If pollinators ceased to exist, it would be detrimental to the animal and human food source and negatively impact generations and ecosystems to come.

But enough negativity. Let’s talk about how to make a positive difference and fight the battle against the decline of pollinators. A great way to increase pollination is to use the most pollinator friendly varieties. For growers, this means being aware of the issue and focusing your program on varieties that will have a positive impact. For retailers, consider setting up a display for the “Most Pollinator Friendly Flowers” and making sure your customers are educated about the issue at hand. Landscapers — you can do your part to help by incorporating pollinator friendly plants in your landscape projects and designs.

Award-Winning Ornamentals

Sakata’s most recent accolades stretch across the globe.

Colorado State University Trial Gardens; Fort Collins, Colorado
2015 Best of Show
SunPatiens® Spreading Tropical Orange

Trial Notes: This winner was near perfection in every way. Electric orange flowers were vivid and had a great contrast against the beautiful foliage. Maintained a high level of flower power all season. Plants had impressive vigor while the growth habit was very uniform. Foliage was very attractive all by itself with a dark green edge and bright yellow center. Plants grew well in full sun but also adapted to light shade.

Colorado State University Trial Gardens; Fort Collins, Colorado
2015 Best Novelty
Dragon’s Breath Celosia

Trial Notes: This plant garnered a lot of praise even before it started flowering for its beautiful burgundy-colored foliage. Flowers formed late but were definitely worth the wait as they had a two-toned combination of burgundy and hints of fluorescent purple that seemed to glow. The vigorous plants had good garden presence all season. It would make a great textural accent for combination plantings.

Les Exceptionelles 2015; Quebec, Canada
PinballPurple Gomphrena

Trial Notes: A vivid color, Pinball Purple produces a multitude of blooms uninterrupted throughout the entire season.  The remarkable vigor of the Pinball plants cannot be transmitted via seed, the traditional method of multiplication used by Gomphrena; it is therefore by cutting that producers multiply it, which is in fact the first series of this genre.

Happy 10th Birthday

Perhaps once in a generation, a revolutionary new product comes along that truly impacts the landscape of the flower industry. After discovering a unique species growing in the wild of Southeast Asia, Sakata invested over 10 years in research and extensive breeding in the development of what we now know as SunPatiens. Delivering unsurpassed garden performance and nonstop continuous blooming, SunPatiens exemplify the passion for flowers Takeo Sakata established for his company over 100 years ago. When it comes to innovation, there are no shortcuts. Happy 10th Birthday, SunPatiens!