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LGR November/December 2021

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20 | LAWN & GARDEN RETAILER | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 G REEN G O O D S W hether it's clothes, cars or plants, we often look across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe to get a feel of what might be the next hot trend or trends. I reached out to Peter van Rijssen, a.k.a. Plantlover Peter, of Plantipp and Concept Plants, for his insight. Based in the Netherlands, Peter's company represents breeders and their new plants from all over the world. He loves talking plants and was excited to share his thoughts on what's popular with the gardening public, including "it" plants, hot sellers and the up-and-comers. Peter sees an overarching trend of plants with a purpose. He says the next generation wants to have a better footprint for the world, especially as more and more weather extremes are happening. For instance, water is an issue, so that means they like to buy plants that are drought resistant. Peter van Rijssen, of Plantipp and Concept Plants, shares what's popular with the gardening public in Europe. Trending There and Here By Maria Zampini 20 | LAWN & GARDEN RETAILER | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 Delosperma 'Wheels of Wonder Hot Red' Five years ago, nobody knew what a D'delosperma was, but now millions of Wheels of Wonder (WOW) Ice Plants are being sold across Europe. Peter says he went on vacation but didn't have anyone to water his garden. When he came back, the Wheels of Wonder were still flowering. He calls them a very forgivable choice. Hot Red is the newest flower color in this series, which boasts bold and bright hues. Hardy to Zone 6, WOW are flowering machines that attract pollinators and are almost zero maintenance. Another huge trending topic is plants that support pollinators. Everywhere in Europe, especially in Germany, people are promoting "Save the Bees" and "Bee Happy" programs. Peter feels if everyone in the world planted a few drought-resistant and pollinator-friendly plants, it could make a real difference.

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