2009 Field Trials: Colorado State University
Trial Manager: Dr. James E. Klett
Trial Location: Fort Collins, Colo.
Planting Dates: 1,200 entries and more than 700 containers were planted May 27 through June 17.
Weather Conditions: Weather conditions were a factor, especially in the early part of the summer. We had severe hail on June 7 that really damaged all the geraniums in the ground and in pots, as well as all the petunias that had been planted at that point in the ground. Two more hail storms with nickel-size hail occurred on June 10 and June 22. We had average rainfall in June and July with several major downpours.
Best In Show: Bracteantha ‘Strawburst Yellow’ from Syngenta Flowers
Best New Variety: Gomphrena ‘Fireworks’ from PanAmerican Seed
Top Five: 1. Ageratum ‘Patina Purple’ from Syngenta Flowers
2. Cleome ‘Senorita Rosalita’ from Proven Winners
3. Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’ from Proven Winners
4. New Guinea impatiens ‘Tamarinda Shocking Pink’ from Fides
5. Petunia ‘Supertunia Vista Silverberry’ from Proven Winners