Breeder Profile: Brent Horvath

Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens

When you literally grow up in the business, you're bound to get hooked.  Brent Horvath's father, Lajos Geza Horvath, started in the green industry with Intrinsic Landscaping and then opened his own retail garden center, Intrinisic Perennial Gardens in 1978.  At the garden center, they sold field dug perennials including over 100 varieties of daylilies, some of which came from renowned daylily hybridizer Brother Charles. 

Over the years, Brent was inspired by the work of great plantsmen such as Alan Bloom and Roy Klehm.  He was encouraged to find plants of his own to introduce, and found his first introduction, Penstemon d. 'Pink Dawn' in a field of Penstemon digitalis.  This discovery led to continued plant selection and hybridizing work in a wide variety of genera.  Of all his introductions thus far, Brent is most proud of Polemonium 'Heaven Scent' PP20214, which is a result of his cross between P. reptans x P. yezoense.  'Heaven Scent' inherited the best traits from both of its parents: fragrant flowers and reddish foliage from P. yezoense and a shorter height and longevity from P. reptans.  

We look forward to many great new plants coming from Brent in the future!

Notable Perennials from Brent Horvath Include:

Allium s. 'Rising Star'

Grass — Andropogon g. 'Indian Warrior' PP24999

Grass — Pennisetum a. 'Red Head'

Leucanthemum s. DAISY MAY® ('Daisy Duke' PP21914) — Proven Winners® Perennial

Sedum AUTUMN CHARM™ ('Lajos' PP14421)

Sedum AUTUMN DELIGHT™ ('Beka' PP18398)

Sedum 'Pure Joy' PP24194 — Proven Winners® Perennial

Temperennial — Salvia e. 'Golden Delicious' PP17977

Varieties Mentioned in this Article