2009 Best of Show Annuals
Colorado State University, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is proud to announce winners from the 2009 Annual Flower Trial garden.
- Best of Show – Bracteantha ‘Strawburst Yellow’ from Syngenta Flowers.
Strawflower is frost tolerant with large eye-catching yellow flowers and good clean foliage. This plant performs well in containers and in the ground. It survived very well through numerous hail storms last season.
- Best New Variety – Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed.
This 24to 36 inch tall Gomphrena has unique purplish flowers that look like fireworks. It is quite drought tolerant and can be utilized as a temporary flowering hedge.
- Best Novelty Plant – Alternathera ‘Red Thread’ from Grolink.
This unique edging plant has excellent uniform growth habit. The two-toned foliage has green tops with red undersides. This gives the plant an overall bronze-purple overall tint. It makes an excellent edging plant. Other outstanding plants trialed were:
- Delphinium ‘Diamond Blue’ from PanAmercian Seeds.
This vigorous variety has a striking cerulean blue color with an excellent branching habit. The dwarf size, about 18 inches in height, makes it desirable for mass planting. It doesn’t tend to fall over like taller delphiniums.
- Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ Snow Princess Sweet Alyssum from Proven Winners.
This alyssum has good heat tolerance, excellent foliage and contrasting fragrant white flowers. It grows vigorously and makes an excellent edging plant.
- Ageratum ‘Patina Purple 10’ Patina Purple Flossflower from Syngenta.
This flossflower grows densely, has many flowers and requires no deadheading. It prefers warmer weather and is propagated from cuttings rather than from seed with more vigor.
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Updated Friday, April 19, 2013