GardenGenetics LLC won the Gold Medal with Kodiak® Mixx Diervilla (Diervilla x splendens’ G2X88544VAR’) in the “Best Novelty” category of the recent Green Retail Awards at Plantarium in the Netherlands. In this article, we talk more about the variety, why they took part in the competition, some statements from the jury’s report, and so on.
Kodiak® Mixx, a newly introduced Diervilla, produces a colorful mix of green variegated leaves with a creamy white margin, brightened with spectacular 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 Kodiak Mixx Diervilla and, after pinpointing propagation protocol, entered it into the Green Retail Award contest. Independent expert judges of the Koninklijke Vereniging voor Boskoopse Culturen (Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society) unanimously agreed to award Kodiak Mixx Diervilla the Gold Medal. “This Diervilla is colorful and has a stable shape, making it innovative in the Diervilla range,” stated the jury’s report. “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,” says 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.”
Kodiak Mixx Diervilla, a sport of Kodiak® Orange Diervilla, was found during production at Spring Meadow Nursery. Dr. Michael Uchneat developed Kodiak® Orange Diervilla during his employment with GardenGenetics.
Ideal for landscape beds and borders, Kodiak Mixx Diervilla thrives in the 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. Kodiak Mixx Diervilla is hardy to USDA zone 6.
Kodiak Mixx Diervilla is an initial release to the EU only via Valkplant. It is not available in North America.
For more information
Rick Grazzini (US)
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In the EU:
Saskia Janssen (EU)
Tel.: +31 172 588600
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