Field Trials Reports: University of Illinois

Trial Manager: C. Diane Anderson, Research and Education Specialist in Landscape Horticulture, [email protected] 

Trial Location: Urbana, Illinois

Planting Dates: May16 to May 30, 2012

Number And Types Of Entries: 1,071 varieties trialed in 14-inch single-variety containers, 6-foot mixed species containers, rows, and display beds. Both full sun and lath-house trials were conducted. All winners reported below were in full sun.

Weather: Extremely hot and dry – longest prolonged drought and excessive heat since 1988

Best In Show

Salvia farinacea ‘Sallyfun Blue Emotion’ (display bed)

Top Performers

Catharanthus roseus ‘Victory Pure White’ (row)
Zinnia ×hybrida ‘Profusion Knee-High Red’ (row)
Zinnia ×hybrida ‘Profusion Coral Pink’ (row)
Zinnia ×hybrida ‘Profusion Yellow’ (display bed)
Zinnia marylandica ‘Uptown Pink Champagne’ (row)
Salvia farinacea ‘Sallyfun Snow White’ (display bed)
Petunia ×hybrida ‘Whispers Star Rose’ (row)
Petunia ×hybrida ‘Famous Violet Picotee’ (display bed)
Pelargonium interspecific Caliente series (row and 14-inch containers)
Torenia fournieri Kauai series (row in full sun)

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