September 28, 2017


St. Paul, MN (September 28, 2017) – On Saturday, September 23rd it was announced that Easy Elegance® Screaming Neon Red™ received 4 of the 7 awards given at the 2017 Biltmore International Rose Trials IN Asheville, North Carolina. This variety, introduced to the consumer marketplace in 2015, received the following honors:

George & Edith Vanderbilt Award for Most Outstanding Rose of the Trials

Lord Burleigh Award for Most Disease Resistant

William Cecil Award for Best Growth Habit

Chauncey Beadle Award for Best Shrub

These two-year trials are judged by a permanent jury four times each year, and take place at the famed Rose Garden at Biltmore. According to Biltmore's rose experts, the competing roses are evaluated for overall health and vigor, fragrance, disease resistance, and ability to repeat bloom.

“Screaming Neon Red™ was bred by Ping Lim at our in-house facility in Oregon,” said Debbie Lonnee, Bailey Nurseries’ Product Development Manager. “It was then tested in Minnesota and selected because we loved its disease resistance, hardiness and unique, loud and beautiful flower color. Screaming Neon Red was actually its nickname, but it so perfectly describes the flower that it stuck.”

Screaming Neon Red™ Plant Specs:

¥ Zone: 4-9

¥ Bloom cycle: Recurrent

¥ Height: 3-4'

¥ Exposure: Full Sun

¥ Width: 2-3'

¥ Petal count: 10-15

¥ Flower color: Screaming neon red

¥ Flower form: Semi-double, 2-2.5"

For more information on the Biltmore International Rose Trials, please visit www.biltmore.com. For high resolution images of Screaming Neon Red™ Rose, please visit www.baileynurseries.com.
September 21, 2017


As Bailey Nurseries continues its expanded in-house plant breeding and development program, we are excited to announce the rebranding of Plant Introductions, Inc. (PII) to Bailey Innovations.

“By renaming our product development arm, it puts a greater focus on one of our primary objectives: bringing the best woody ornamentals to market,” says Bailey Nurseries President Terri McEnaney. “We’ve worked very hard since purchasing PII to strengthen our offering of new shrubs through vigorous testing, creative breeding, and tireless research to determine consumer demand. Bailey Innovations will continue that work and introduce only the best new varieties through Endless Summer® Hydrangeas, First Editions® Plants, Easy Elegance® Roses and other partners.”

When introducing new plants, Bailey Nurseries follows comprehensive trialing protocols to ensure that these introductions behave as expected in production as well as in landscapes around the country. Bailey Nurseries conducts extensive trials at its production facilities as well as other private partners throughout the United States and Europe. To support this practice with the expanded role of Bailey Innovations, Bailey Nurseries has purchased Transplant Nursery’s Winterville, Georgia location to serve as the new home of Bailey Innovations’ breeding and trialing operations.

“This is a very exciting time for the Bailey Nurseries plant breeding team,” says David Roberts, Breeder and General Manager of Bailey Innovations. “The acquisition of a permanent facility will not only allow us to expand upon our trialing program, but also grant us the opportunity to implement display gardens and increase the number of plant genera that we work with at Bailey Innovations.”

Existing genetics from PII will be rolled into this newly named division, and future introductions will be products of Bailey Innovations.