"Best Of" annuals from 2005 trials
The "Best Of" annuals from the 2005 Colorado State University annual flower trials were chosen by a committee of Green Industry professionals, Colorado Master gardeners and university professionals. Plants were chosen for their overall ornamental value.
The Best of Show for 2005 is petunia 'Supertunia Vista Bubblegum' from Proven Winners. The iridescent hot pink flowers "pop" out as a truly outstanding variety that is near perfect. The mounding plants have excellent controlled vigor and are covered by pink flowers that hold their good appearance late into the season.
The Best New Variety for 2005 is Celosia plumosa 'Fresh Look Orange' from Benary Seed. This variety has a new orange flower color for celosia that resists fading even in full sun. The plants are very floriferous, uniform in habit and tolerant of exceptional heat. The growth habit is dwarfer than 'Fresh Look Red' celosia.
In the Novelty Class, the "Best Of" is awarded to pepper 'Black Pearl' from Pan American. Foliage is an intense dark purple/black color and young black fruit mature red late in the season. Plants are approximately knee high and very uniform. The fruit has a very hot flavor.
Twenty-four other genera of annuals were judged and "Best Of" was given in each of these categories. The genera given awards ranged from angelonia to zinnia. Eight other plants were rated as superior out of the twelve hundred plus varieties evaluated.
For a complete evaluation report, go to the Colorado State University Annual Flower Trial garden website.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheets(s):
For more information, see the following Planttalk Colorado™ script(s).
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013