Increase in professionals not considering other cultivars
I've run into something over the past 2-3 years where I've been working with professionals in landscape design (who've done it for years) who when I give a suggestion to for my property (What do you think about ABC plant 'Cultivar X'?) they automatically strip the cultivar from the talk and say something like "ABC does not thrive in zone 6 here, blah, blah, blah." They you say, "Well, I was reading a magazine and Cultivar X came out last year and it's supposed to be more tolerant even down to zone 4."
Their answer is "Oh."
Or maybe I read about Forsythia 'XOXO'.
"Ahhh, forsythia sucker all over, blah, blah, blah."
Then I reply 'XOXO' is supposed to stay as a nice self-contained semi-dwarf shrub."
I realize that with plant patenting and breeding that new cultivars are coming out like crazy now and it's probably hard to keep up but this blatant disregard for the contents of the 'Cultivar' seems a bit much.
It's happened with many designers I've talked to including ones who've done past work for me and are otherwise fully recommended by others.
Do you think it's becoming increasing difficult to keep up with new offerings? Especially when it's no longer color than changes but structure, zone tolerance, soil tolerance, etc. They pretty much are able to change almost everything with plants now.