Best in Show:
Lobularia ‘Snow Princess’
Planted: 5/27/2010(Ground & Container)
What a plant! This Alyssum is covered in fragrant white flowers that spread 18″, and it really holds up to the heat! A must have spring through fall. This vegetative cultivar is perfect for a container or the landscape. Took the heat all summer long.
Top 5 Varieties Overall:
1. Euphorbia ‘White Manaus’
(Ground & Container)
There have been several new cultivars over the last few seasons, but in a side to side comparison ‘White Manaus’ stands out. Bright white flowers that cascade this 2 foot tall Euphorbia. Great in both containers or in the landscape!
2. Gerbera ‘Drakensberg Daisy’ Series
I never thought that I would love a Gerbera in this region, but I have been converted! This series does not have issues with chlorosis and continues to bloom throughout our Texas summer heat. ‘Drakensberg Orange’ is the color that really stands out. The new era of Gerbera is here!
3. Petunia ‘Soleil Purple’
‘Soleil Purple’ is a Petunia unlike any other! This is a drought tolerant cultivar with wiry stiff foliage and small double purple flowers. ‘Soleil Purple’ has out lasted any other Petunia in trials the last two seasons by two or more months. If you have given up on Petunia give this one a try, just don’t over water it.
4. Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’
Planted: 2009 (Perennial)
This is a must have in any landscape. ‘Hot Papaya’ is a mop head Echinacea covered with bright red to orange mango flowers early spring and will re-bloom throughout the summer if dead headed.
5. Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’
This salvia was one of our favorites in the Trial Garden for the last 2 years. ‘Wendy’s Wish’ is vigorous and covered in fuchsia pink flowers early spring through summer and grows to 4’x 4′ in a season.
Planting Dates: 5/1-5/24/2010
Number Of Entries: 979 Total entries
Number Of Containers: 630 Total number of summer container trials
Number Of In-Ground Plantings: 1116 Total number of summer landscape trials
Major Genera Planted:
– Ornamental Pepper
April and May showed usual weather patterns, with temperatures in the mid 80’s and the normal amount of rainfall. June arrived and temperatures started to rise to the mid 90’s with very little rainfall. There was no sign of rain the July and temperatures really started to raise, into the high 90’s with very little relief after sun set. Since August 1st we have been over 100 degrees with no sign of rain or a break in temperature.
Senior Director of Gardens
Research and Greenhouse Manager