New GardenGenetics diervilla receives Gold Medal
GardenGenetics LLC’s diervilla ‘Kodiak Mixx’ (Diervilla x splendens ‘G2X88544VAR’) has received the Gold Medal in the Best Novelty category of the recent Green Retail Awards at Plantarium, reportedly the largest garden plant show in the Netherlands.
‘Kodiak Mixx’, a newly introduced diervilla, produces a colorful mix of green variegated leaves with a creamy white margin, brightened with young pink shoots that appear all season long. The plant produces soft yellow flowers from early summer through fall, attracting bees and other pollinators.
The Valkplant team saw the potential and retail appeal of the diervilla and, after pinpointing propagation protocol, entered it in to the Green Retail Award contest. Independent expert judges of the Koninklijke Vereniging voor Boskoopse Culturen (Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society) agreed to award it the Gold Medal.
“This diervilla is colorful and has a stable shape, making it innovative in the diervilla range,” the jury’s report reads. “The plant has a good bushy growth habit and is neatly presented, without burnt foliage. It boasts a beautiful, colorful mixture of green variegated leaves with creamy white edges and attractive pinkish red shoots.”
“We’re delighted that the jury agrees with us that ‘Kodiak Mixx’ diervilla is a fantastic addition to the gardening world,” said Rick Grazzini, plant breeder and executive director of GardenGenetics. “It was a lovely surprise that Spring Meadow Nursery found this sport, and it makes a terrific addition to our offerings. Kodiak Mixx is a gorgeous, glorious diervilla, and we’re grateful for the Gold Medal recognition of its unique qualities.”
Diervilla ‘Kodiak Mixx’, a sport of diervilla ‘Kodiak Orange’, was found during production at Spring Meadow Nursery. Michael Uchneat, Ph.D., developed Orange Diervilla during his employment with GardenGenetics.
Ideal for landscape beds and borders, ‘Kodiak Mixx’ thrives in sun but also tolerates shady and dry areas. The plant reaches 36 to 48 inches tall with a similar spread. Vibrant fall color adds to its appeal, as does its deer resistance. It is hardy to USDA Zone 6.
‘Kodiak Mixx’ is an initial release to the EU only via Valkplant. It is not available in North America.