CAST 2024 cut flower highlights HilverdaFlorist Garvinea Cheeky Hot Pink

May 2024
CAST 2024 cut flower highlights By Teresa McPherson

These new varieties for 2025 on display in California will make stunning cut flowers — consider adding them to your benches.

These new varieties for 2025 will make stunning cut flowers — consider adding them to your benches to promote as cutting garden varieties.

Syngenta Flowers

Ornamental Kale ‘Bright and Early Mix’

Syngenta FlowersOrnamental Kale ‘Bright and Early Mix’
Ornamental Kale ‘Bright and Early Mix’. Photo courtesy of Syngenta Flowers.

Genetically compact and tidy for small pot and pack production requiring less plant growth regulators (PGRs). ‘Bright and Early’ colors are clean and crisp, coloring up early, and offering a shorter production cycle to a wider range of growing conditions.


Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Cheeky Hot Pink’

Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Cheeky Hot Pink’ HilverdaFlorist
Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Cheeky Hot Pink’. Photo courtesy of HilverdaFlorist.

The first hot pink variety within the Garvinea Cheeky series, this quick-to-grow variety has a compact and uniform growing habit. Cheeky Hot Pink is extremely rich flowering. The small flowers from Garvinea Cheeky will show from spring until frost.

Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Blaze’

Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Blaze’ HilverdaFlorist
Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Blaze’. Photo courtesy of HilverdaFlorist.

This flaming color combination is the newest addition to the Garvinea Sweet series, offering sturdy garden gerberas. Garvinea varieties have great weather tolerance and provide lots of flowers from early spring until the first frost for three seasons straight.

Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Maggie’

Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Maggie’ HilverdaFlorist
Garden Gerbera ‘Garvinea Sweet Maggie’. Photo courtesy of HilverdaFlorist

Sweet like candy, ‘Garvinea Sweet Maggie’ is the first hot pink variety with a green center in the Garvinea Sweet series. The variety has a semi double, elegant flower shape and is an excellent choice for garden borders and landscaping.

Schoneveld Breeding

Gerbera Joybera Series

Gerbera ‘Joybera White’. Photo courtesy of Schoneveld Breeding.

The most impressive colors shine with the new Gerbera series called Joybera. Schoneveld Breeding has added this amazing uniform gerbera to its assortment, with eight colors available. The series has been developed with flower count, usability and uniformity as a focus. It is typical for the plant to provide three flowers immediately from the first flowering. Outstanding shelf life.

Sakata Seed America

Lisianthus ‘Rosanne 2 Terracotta’

Sakata Seed America Lisianthus ‘Rosanne 2 Terracotta’
Lisianthus ‘Rosanne 2 Terracotta’. Photo courtesy of Sakata Seed America.

Lisianthus ‘Rosanne 2 Terracotta’ is an improved, unique brown color replacing ‘Rosanne 1 Brown’. With an attractive light brown color, this is a standard double lisianthus. Rosanne 2 has extremely strong flowers that hold up during shipping.


Helianthus ‘Sol Seeker Bee Yellow’

Danziger Helianthus Sunflower Sol Seeker Bee Yellow
Helianthus Sunflower Sol Seeker Bee Yellow. Photo courtesy of Danziger.

Helianthus ‘Sol Seeker Bee Yellow’ is part of the new helianthus Sol Seeker series. The series features four varieties that offer a grower-friendly habit, require little to no PGRs and have lower water needs than other varieties. The bright and cheery blooms of ‘Sol Seeker Bee Yellow’ bring the upright and compact look every gardener is looking for.

Darwin Perennials

Echinacea ‘Sombrero Fuchsia Fandango’ (left) and ‘Sombrero Mandarin Mambo’

Echinacea ‘Sombrero Fuchsia Fandango’ (left) and ‘Sombrero Mandarin Mambo’ from Darwin Perennials
Echinacea ‘Sombrero Fuchsia Fandango’ (left) and ‘Sombrero Mandarin Mambo’. Photo courtesy of Darwin Perennials.

Darwin enhances its top-selling Sombrero series for 2024 with next-level flower coverage and petal overlap in Mandarin Mambo and intense vivid pink color in Fuchsia Fandango. The series continues to promise first-year-flowering reliability, habit uniformity and high flower count per plant.


Dahlia ‘Mystic Electro Pink’

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Dahlia ‘Mystic Electro Pink’. Photo courtey of Cohen.

The dahlia Mystic collection includes trendy plants perfect for modern gardens. These flowers stand out because they have fancy dark red to black leaves and vibrant blossoms. Unlike older types of dahlias, they don’t need support sticks to grow. They also have lots of small, pretty flowers in many beautiful colors that can be used in various ways, including cut flowers.


Shasta Daisy ‘Lemon Puff’

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Photo courtesy of by Dorren Wynja

‘Lemon Puff’ features fluffy, pale yellow, double blossoms with bright, lemon-colored centers. This leucanthemum stays compact and flush with blooms from early spring through midsummer. This perennial is incredibly easy to grow, offering loads of blooms that last in the garden, container or in a vase.

Teresa McPherson

Teresa McPherson is the managing editor of Lawn & Garden Retailer. Contact her at [email protected].