Perennial Breeders and Plant Introduction Companies

Perennial Breeders and Plant Introduction Companies

Over the years, we’ve worked to develop relationships with the top perennial breeders and introducers in the country and around the world to bring you a selection of their best perennial varieties. We place a special focus on Midwest breeders who are trialing and selecting plants in challenging conditions to ensure their durability and longevity in the landscape. Here are a few of the breeders and introducers whose work we are proud to offer to our customers.

Chris Hansen – Garden Solutions

Chris Hansen, owner of Garden Solutions, is best known for his popular SunSparkler® Sedum, Chick Charms® Sempervivum, Winter Thriller™ Helleborus and Gnome Domes® Orostachys hybrids, with more series in the works for future introduction. Trialed under conditions that mimic consumer behavior, Chris carefully selects “foolproof” varieties to ensure home gardeners will be successful.

Brent Horvath – Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

Brent Horvath breeds and selects his plants in the tough conditions of the Midwest, including hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters. He strives to breed plants not as a means, but with an end in mind. His breeding goals are simple: develop improved, durable, ornamental garden plants for the Midwest climate and beyond. His plants are bred to stand the test of time.


Since the company was established in 1957, it has been Klaus R. Jelitto’s objective to introduce new and improved perennials to the world market. Careful selection and breeding work is necessary to preserve the characteristics of existing varieties and to possibly improve them.

Elite seed, for stock production, is isolated from cross fertilization, pollinated by hand often collected individually, observed and appraised over a period of up to five years. It then takes another 3 to 5 years until the first saleable seed can be harvested. Breeding work takes many years until a new and stable form can be selected. However, they do not shy away from the time and expense involved in achieving genuinely new and improved varieties.

Plants Nouveau

Plants Nouveau aims to serve as architects for better gardens, better minds, and a better world. They introduce fantastic new plants from breeders around the world that help people get out and play in their gardens. Their plants are bred to make gardening more colorful, less complicated and much more enjoyable.

Walters Gardens, Inc.

Over the past ten years, Walters Gardens has made a name for itself thanks to its top-notch perennial hybridizing program, thanks in no small part to their hybridizer, Hans Hansen. They are proud to be the supplier of Proven Winners Perennials since 2011. You’ll find their genetics worldwide and highly sought after.