Gold Medal Winners 2023

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Helianthus annuus Lemon Cutie

Breeder: SeedSense
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Year: 2023
Colour: Lemon

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

Meet Lemon Cutie! This Helianthus annuus has it all. Not only is it a dwarf variety with multiple branches, but you have also never seen such stunning and unusual semi-double, lemon-coloured flowers on a sunflower. Lemon Cutie is perfect for urban areas such as small patches along sidewalks, on balconies or in containers and also looks wonderful in larger beds or even in landscaping. It has excellent germination and can be offered in seed packets, sold as plugs or grown in pots.

Growers will love this naturally compact variety which is easy to produce without growth retardants. The well-branched plants with multiple lemon-coloured heads will be a showstopper on the benches and consumers will marvel over this non-traditional sunflower with unique plant habit and flower shape. Lemon Cutie might be just a small plant, but the many flowers will bring a big smile to your face!

Lemon Cutie, fresh and adorable

Helenium autumnale HayDay Golden Bicolor

Breeder: Syngenta Flowers
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Year: 2023
Colour: Golden bicolor

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

Golden glow on the terrace

Make way for HayDay Golden Bicolor, the first Helenium autumnale from cuttings that is genetically suited for pot production. The dense branching results in loads of flowers that attract pollinators and wildlife. The brightly coloured golden-yellow blooms with red undersides flower from summer through autumn until the first frost. Being naturally compact, HayDay Golden Bicolor is not only suited for larger beds and landscaping but also for patio containers and smaller borders.

HayDay Golden Bicolor has a nicely controlled and upright growing habit, making this variety perfect for perennial pot production programmes. Thanks to the very long flowering period, retailers will love the extended sales window of this Helenium. Finally, the consumer will adore the warm golden yellow glow in the garden until the very end of autumn.

HayDay Golden Bicolor, the classic prairie wildflower now also on the patio

Verbena bonariensis Vanity

Breeder: Van Hemert & Co.
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Year: 2023
Colour: Purple Blue

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

Always thought Verbena bonariensis was too tall for your garden? Not anymore! Van Hemert & Co proudly presents the latest Gold Medal winner Vanity. Thanks to its shorter stems, this Verbena bonariensis is clearly compacter than existing varieties. The tight flower clusters have a more intense purple-blue colour and bloom from mid-summer until autumn frost. Vanity offers a long flowering season, attracts bees and butterflies and spreads a subtle fragrance in the early morning and evening.

With its compact growing habit and deep flower colour, Vanity is a welcome addition to the market. This variety is suitable for pot plant production and does not require pinching or the use of PGR. Retailers can offer a continuously flowering Verbena bonariensis in a pot on the bench. Consumers will love to plant these trendy, well-branched garden performers in lower borders or even in mixed containers on the patio.

Vanity, a purple breeze for smaller green spaces

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii Goldblitz

Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
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Year: 2023
Colour: Yellow

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

PanAmerican Seed are true experts in breeding, and their next Gold Medal for Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii Goldblitz proves just that. This newcomer in the Kieft Brand is a first-year-flowering solution for growers that are unable to reliably finish Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm under their natural growing conditions. Goldblitz plugs do not require special treatment during the production process while delivering the same quality as the traditional Goldsturm. This brand-new Rudbeckia fulgida flowers approximately 14-21 days earlier, is more uniform grown in its first year and has an excellent garden performance.

Goldblitz will not only look at its best in containers or borders later in the season but is also highly suitable for landscaping. The golden yellow flowers with dark centre attract bees and butterflies, and also look wonderful in a vase to brighten up the house. Goldblitz allows the production of a flowering Rudbeckia fulgida in one season and remains an excellent performer that will bring joy to many gardens.  

Goldblitz, the next generation in Rudbeckia fulgida

Petunia grandiflora Bee’s Knees

Breeder: Florensis
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Year: 2022/2023
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Awards: FleuroStar

‘Bee’s Knees’, come again?! The name of the latest Petunia of Florensis has been inspired by the similar American expression indicating excellence and high suitability. This newcomer presents an abundance of intensive yellow flowers, offering a high-impact show all season long. Bee’s Knees is heat tolerant, thrives in rainy conditions and maintains its beautiful colour throughout the summer. Growers will appreciate the outstanding branching which ensures nicely filled plants. The masses of intense, yellow flowers are guaranteed to generate impulse sales at point of sale while consumers will appreciate the versatility of Bee’s Knees. Whether planted in containers or in the landscape, the extraordinary garden performance will excite both novice gardeners and expert landscapers.

Bee’s Knees, the ideal partner for your outside space!

Myosotis alpestris Bellamy Blue

Breeder: Floragran
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Year: 2022
Colour: Deep blue

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

Feeling blue after the long, cold winter? Myosotis Bellamy Blue will lift your spirits! With its innovative darker blue hue, this newcomer expands the colour palette of the early spring range. Bellamy Blue does not require vernalisation and is therefore suited for a longer season.

Growers will love this innovation as its cultivation fits in perfectly in any existing Myosotis scheme. Retailers will welcome the spectacular darker blue colour at moment of sale. Finally, consumers will adore these cute, petite, darker blue flowers which announce the arrival of spring.

The jury commented that the deeper blue colour was not yet existing in vernalization free Myosotis and therefore awarded Bellamy Blue with a Gold Medal for 2022.

Helianthus annuus FIREFOX

Breeder: HM.Clause
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Year: 2022
Colour: Bicolour Red and Yellow

Awards: Novelty

Unique flower pattern and colour on a dwarf type suited for pots or low bedding.

Helianthus annuus Gummy Bear

Breeder: HM.CLAUSE
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Year: 2022
Colour: Lemon yellow

Awards: Gold Medal, Novelty

Is this not the sweetest thing? Helianthus annuus Gummy Bear is real candy to the eye. Gorgeous lemon yellow, double flowers contrast beautifully with the lush green foliage and can spread up to 20 cm wide. The plants are well-shaped, uniform, and can reach a height of approx. 170 cm. 

Suited for both the professional and hobby gardening market, this newcomer offers many possibilities for middle-sized or large garden beds. Gummy Bear is also ideal for landscaping as it adds colour and height to green spaces and provides a dynamic environment. With its eye-catching lemon colour and abundant double flowers, Gummy Bear will easily conquer the heart of consumers and landscapers. The judges praised the innovative colour, attractive flowers and excellent growing performance, and therefore awarded this newcomer with the Gold Medal for 2022.

Antirrhinum majus Cherry Twist

Breeder: Van Hemert & Co
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Year: 2022
Colour: Bicolour red-white

Awards: Novelty

New colour pattern in this taller plant type; purple red flag; cream bee and white tube.

Antirrhinum majus Mango Twist

Breeder: Van Hemert & Co
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Year: 2022
Colour: Bicolour Red-Yellow

Awards: Novelty

New colour pattern in this taller plant type; red flag, yellow bee and white tube.

Ocimum basilicum Red Lizzy

Breeder: Pieterpikzonen
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Year: 2022
Colour: Lila

Awards: Novelty

Extra large leaves with dark purple colour. Until now lettuce leaved Basil was only available in Green. 

Cosmos bipinnatus Dwarf Purple Picotee

Breeder: Takii Europe
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Year: 2022
Colour: White Rose Bicolour Mix

Awards: Novelty

New dwarf Cosmos for direct sowing in the garden. Earlier flowering than comparison and better ornamental performance.

Cosmos bipinnatus Pink Mosaic

Breeder: Floranova
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Year: 2022
Colour: Pink

Awards: Novelty

Mottled mosaic rose and pink flowers which will shade from rose pink to pale pink with streaks; some secondary petals from within the centre of the flowers.

Calocephalus brownii Silver Treasure

Breeder: Florensis
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Year: 2022
Colour: Silver

Awards: Novelty

Seed raised alternative in a 100% cutting raised market. Our experimental selection from seed is the first real Silver coloured seedling with a compact well branched growing habit fitting small pots and has a shorter crop time of min. 2 weeks compared with the cutting raised material.

Calendula officinalis Double Lemon

Breeder: Takii Europe
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Year: 2022
Colour: Lemon

Awards: Novelty

Mum-flowered; medium height; large double and semi-double flowers; unique lemon colour and flower shape.

Perovskia Compact Bluesette

Breeder: PanAmerican Seed
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Year: 2022
Colour: Lavender Blue

Awards: Novelty

More compact; improved branching.

Zinnia elegans dahlia flowered Queeny Lemon Peach

Breeder: Hugo Dittmar
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Year: 2022
Colour: Lemon petals with red centre

Awards: Novelty

New colour in this series. 

Digitalis purpurea Dottie Warm Rose

Breeder: Floranova
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Year: 2022
Colour: Warm Rose

Awards: Novelty

Deeper rose colour with creamy yellow throat; early flowering; more compact habit.

Phlox drummondii Blueberry Swirl

Breeder: Van Hemert & Co
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Year: 2022
Colour: Shades mixture of dark Purple-Blue, some with lighter edges

Awards: Novelty

New separate colour; Grandiflora type; tall plant suited for cut flowers.

Echinacea purpurea Alan’s Pride

Breeder: Takii Europe
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Year: 2022
Colour: Graan

Awards: Novelty

New colour in seed-raised Echinacea (first year flowering).

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