November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Welby Gardens

Welby Gardens tests 260 varieties of outdoor annuals, All-America Selections and vegetables. There were 669 containers of annuals this year. Weather this season was very sporadic for Colorado, with one week very hot, followed by a cool, wet week. This pattern continued all summer.       Top Performers: Best Outdoor Performance Canna ‘South Pacific Scarlet’ Celosia ‘Celway Orange’ Tagetes ‘Bali Yellow’ (marigold) Tagetes ‘Moon Song Orange’(marigold) Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ Best Container Performance Begonia ‘Solenia Orange’ Celosia ‘Intenz’ Dahlia ‘XXL Veracruz’ Lobelia ‘Oceano’ Pelargonium ‘American White Splash Improved’ Petunia ‘Flash Mob Bluerific’ Plectranthus ‘Kong Jr. Rose’ (coleus) Plectranthus ‘Under The Sea King Crab’ (coleus) Rudbeckia ‘Gold Rush’ Scaevola ‘Fairy Blue’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, Okla. Weather conditions during the trials were much more moderate (with a wet July) than the previous two summers. More than 75 flower varieties, both seed and vegetative, are trialed at OSU. Top Performers: Angelonia ‘Serenita Raspberry’ Celosia ‘Fresh Look Orange’ Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’ Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ Gazania ‘LoGro Bronze’ Plectranthus ‘Sedona Color Blaze’ (coleus) Tagetes erecta ‘Mum Lemon’ (marigold) Zinnia ‘Lilac Rose’ Zinnia ‘UpTown Grape’

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November 25, 2013

2013 Field Trial Results: Dallas Arboretum

Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas The Dallas Arboretum has a large trial garden with 1,010 total entries: 726 in-ground and 284 in hanging baskets or containers. Spring was unusually long (12 weeks) with pleasant temperatures and enough rain. Summer was short with highs in the 100s for a few weeks. The average summer temperatures were in the mid 90s. Top Performers: Ageratum ‘Artist Blue’ Aloe humilis ‘Hedgehog’ Begonia ‘Ikon Bronze’ Chrysocephalum ‘Silver Leaf Yellow’ Lantana Santana Series Lobularia ‘White Knight’ Lobularia ‘White Stream’ Nicotiana ‘Only The Lonely’ Portulaca Cupcake Series (purslane) Scaevola ‘Blue Fan’ Scaevola ‘Romeo’      

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