2017 Missouri Botanical Garden Field Trial Results

Every year, the Missouri Botanical Garden, located in St. Louis, MO, trials hundreds of new annual and perennial varieties for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and sustainability for the gardening public. Jennifer Smock, Supervisor of the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, along with horticulturists Julie Hess and James Killion, evaluate the trials each year. Here are their top picks for 2017:

Jennifer Smock (Supervisor, Kemper Center for Home Gardening)

  • Pentas ‘Beebright Lipstick’
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Midnight Fire’
  • Cuphea llavea ‘Sriracha Violet’
  • Zinnia ‘Zahara double Raspberry Ripple’
  • Ficus ‘Little Miss Figgy’
  • Plectranthus ‘Fancy Feathers Copper’
  • Manfreda guttata ‘Jaguar’
  • Plectranthus ‘Terra Nova Macaw’
  • Plectranthus ‘Hipsters Luca’
  • Plectranthus ‘Terra Nova Love Bird’

Julie Hess (Senior Horticulturist)

  • Zinnia ‘Profusion Red’
  • Plectranthus ‘Terra Nova Macaw’
  • Echinacea ‘Kismet Raspberry’
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Midnight Fire’
  • Alternanthera ‘Purple Prince’
  • Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’
  • Plectranthus ‘Fancy Feathers Copper’
  • Agastache ‘Kudos Coral’
  • Pentas ‘Beebright Lipstick’
  • Cuphea ‘Sriracha Violet’

James Killion (Horticulturist I)

  • Capsicum annuum ‘Midnight Fire’
  • Impatiens ‘Bounce Pink Flame’
  • Plectranthus ‘Terra Nova Lovebird’
  • Zinnia ‘Zahara Double Raspberry Ripple’
  • Pentas ‘Beebright Lipstick’
  • Capsicum annuum ‘Hot Pops Purple’
  • Manfreda guttata ‘Jaguar’
  • Cuphea llavea ‘Srirachia Violet’
  • Echinacea ‘Kismet Raspberry’
  • Geum ‘Fire Storm’

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