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Published March 19 2011

They'll grow on you: A guide to what’s hot for gardeners in 2011

The humble petunia becomes an elegant “Black Swan,” an early-bird tomato is now available in plant form, and a hydrangea blooms magenta for the first time.

These are among the most anxiously awaited new arrivals in greenhouses this spring.

We talked to area experts to see what varieties were already fueling pre-planting buzz in the gardening world.

The predicted best-sellers listed here come from Eric Baker of Baker Nursery, Fargo; Russell Emerson, a Fargo-based sales representative for Ball Horticultural; and Adam Volz with Sheyenne Gardens in West Fargo.

We have also included some of the All-America Selections’ winners for 2011. The AAS promotes new garden seed varieties that show superior garden performances after being judged in impartial trials in North America.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Tammy Swift at (701) 241-5525