Trial Director/Trial Manager: Claudio Pasian and Bart Hayes
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Planting Dates: The 2009 Summer Annual Trials has been a record year with 716 entries from 22 companies all over the world. Plants were installed May 12.
Weather Conditions: Spring and early summer temperatures were normal with rainfall at seasonal averages. July brought drastically lower temperatures with highs 15 degrees below normal. In August, temperatures increased but were still below seasonal averages, as were rainfall amounts. The season ended with rainfall returning and continued below-average temperatures.
Top Five: 1. Euphorbia ‘White Manaus’ from GroLink
2. Ornamental pepper ‘Purple Flash’ from PanAmerican Seed
3. Coleus ‘Versa Crimson Gold’ from PanAmerican Seed
4. Vinca ‘Cora Deep Lavender’ from Goldsmith Seeds
5. Petunia ‘Sanguna Lipstick’ from Syngenta Flowers